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Ball State football is no longer playing for bowl eligibility, but it has a chance to keep its rival out of the postseason.
Ball State heads to Ohio to go against Miami for its final game of the season Nov. 22. The Cardinals have now lost four straight games, and are last place in the Mid-American Conference West Division with a 1-6 league record.
Ball State's loss to Toledo Nov. 16 went beyond the 37-19 final score, as it effectively ended any chance it had at bowl consideration.
Beginning in 2017, football games between Ball State and Miami will take on a whole new meaning.
Ball State could only watch as Toledo running back Kareem Hunt streaked past the defense down the right sideline, and only hope that the senior stepped out of bounds as he sprinted into the dense fog.
Eyes strained to see across the field, the ball almost disappearing when a pass or punt lifted it into the fog.
Ball State (4-6, 1-5 MAC) travels to take on Toledo (8-2, 5-1) Nov. 16, looking to snap a three-game losing streak. The Cardinals must win their final two games to reach bowl eligibility for the first time since 2013.
Ball State can no longer play for a Mid-American Conference title, but these last two games will have to suffice as "championships."
There are no more “ifs” for the Ball State football team.
With 41 points on the board and 542 offensive yards, Ball State’s offense still could’ve had a better day.
This game had everything — the back-and-forth of Northern Illinois, the late comeback attempt of Central Michigan and the hot start of Akron. All of those components rolled into one, and yet, the outcome was the same.
They remember the look on the seniors’ faces, the raw emotions that followed last season’s Senior Day loss to Bowling Green. It wasn’t just the fact they lost, it was how they lost — a 48-10 defeat in their last game at Scheumann Stadium.
Ball State welcomes Eastern Michigan to Scheumann Stadium this week as the Cardinals look to snap their two-game losing streak and beat the Eagles for the 11th time in the last 12 meetings.
They lost to a good football team.
With a backup quarterback running up against a top 25 opponent, what exactly does Ball State’s 52-20 loss to Western Michigan mean?
They knew it was coming. They even had a few extra days to prepare for it. But it was impossible to stop Nov. 1.