Ball State
Location: Muncie
Founded: 1918
Enrollment: 20,243
Mascot controversy: When Ball State switched to a new Charlie Cardinal outfit, some described it as "Creepy Charlie"
Famous Alumni: "Three's Company" star Joyce DeWitt, Detroit Mercy basketball coach Ray McCallum, NBA veteran Bonzi Wells


Central Michigan
Location: Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Founded: 1892
Enrollment: 27,354
Mascot controversy: Central Michigan's nickname is the Chippewas, which is a Native American tribe. The NCAA forced Central Michigan to get the tribe's approval for use of the nickname.
Famous Alumni: "Lost" star Terry O'Quinn, Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean, NBA All-Star Chris Kaman