The Ball State Cardinals run onto the field at the beginning of the game against Northern Illinois on Oct. 1 in Scheumann Stadium. The Cardinals lost 31-24. Grace Ramey // DN

Chirp: X-factors against Miami

Jake Fox, the Daily News football reporter, is traveling to the Nov. 22 game and offered up some insight on the key positional matchups:

Wide receiver KeVonn Mabon dodges a defender while running the ball during the Cardinals’ game against Akron on Oct. 22 in Scheumann Stadium. Ball State lost 25 to 35. Paige Grider// DN

Turnovers mar otherwise stellar offensive performance for Ball State

With 41 points on the board and 542 offensive yards, Ball State’s offense still could’ve had a better day. Senior receiver KeVonn Mabon even finished his last home game with 12 catches for 149 yards and three touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing) – but five turnovers and an inability to convert on third down cost the Cardinals in their 48-41 loss to Eastern Michigan. “We’re not losing to these teams, we’re really just beating ourselves,” Mabon said. “All of our losses, we beat ourselves.”

Ball State's backup quarterback Jack Milas prepares to throw a pass during the game against Western Michigan on Nov. 1 in Scheumann Stadium. The Cardinals lost 52-20. Grace Ramey // DN

Strengths of Western Michigan can cloud evaluation of Ball State's performance

With a backup quarterback running up against a top 25 opponent – what exactly does Ball State’s 52-20 loss to Western Michigan mean? After all, the Cardinals offense was able to move the ball – albeit it struggled to punch the ball into the end zone – several young players flashed their potential and the team still has a path to bowl eligibility. “There’s a lot of things that were good on tape, and I know we’ll be excited about some things that we put on tape about tonight’s game,” head coach Mike Neu said.

Ball State Athletics is advising students and anyone attending the football game on Nov. 1 to avoid wearing masks or other costumes that may obscure the face. Bulky clothing is also not encouraged and the costumes must fit in the confines of the fan's ticketed seat. Samantha Brammer // DN

FIRE UP THE GRYLLS: Adjusting to Scheumann costume restrictions

Ball State football playing on ESPN2 the day after Halloween means one thing: college students in full costume, hoping to get on national television for five seconds of post-commercial glory. Ahead of the game against No. 17 Western Michigan, here are some suggestions to deal with the costume policy released by Ball State Athletics for the game.

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