It has been quite the successful season for the Ball State Cardinals after it looked nearly impossible to improve on a 9-4 season from 2012. Sitting at 10-2, the Cardinals look like a tough team to beat in the GoDaddy Bowl. It will be interesting to see how Ball State responds to being one of the best teams in a lower bowl.
On the other side of the field, the Arkansas State Red Wolves have had a disappointing season following a 10-3 campaign a season ago. While they have a 7-5 record, they are still playing for pride as well as the distinction of being just the third team to beat Ball State this season.
Ball State is led by stellar senior quarterback Keith Wenning who could be a choice for a professional team looking for a solid backup or maybe a quarterback of the future somewhere down the line. The senior QB has passed for 3,933 yards and 34 touchdowns with just six interceptions for the ninth-best passing offense in the nation. Willie Snead and Jordan Williams lead the receiving game as both have over 1,000 yards. Snead has97 catches for 1,429 yards and 14 touchdowns while Williams has 68 catches for 1,016 yards and 10 scores. Jahwan Edwards leads the run game with 964 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Arkansas State has been quite the opposite team from the Cardinals. The Red Wolves have a much better rushing offense than they do a pass offense. Michael Gordon leads the run game with 717 yards and 10 touchdowns on nearly seven yards per carry while Adam Kennedy is right behind him with 514 yards and four touchdowns on the year. Kennedy is also the quarterback of the team, passing for 2,349 yards and 11 scores, hitting J.D. McKissic a team-high 73 times for 590 yards and four scores. Julian Jones leads the team in receiving yards with 630 on 51 catches for four touchdowns.
Defensively, the Red Wolves haven’t been able to stop teams on a regular basis this season. Arkansas State ranks 65th in points allowed per game as well as a poor 97th ranking in yards allowed per game in the nation. Ball State has fared a little better, ranking 48th in the nation in points allowed and 80th in yards allowed per game.
Arkansas State and Ball State will face off in the 2014 GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile, Ala., at 9 p.m. EST on Sunday, Jan. 5. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
PREDICTION: Ball State 35, Arkansas State 21
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