2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Ball State Offense
Get the downfield passing game going. The rushing attack needs to hit the five-yard-per-carry mark a bit more often after averaging just 4.17 per game, but the team was at its best when the big plays were coming from the passing attack. The Cardinals went 4-0 when averaging 7.5 yards or more per pass, and was 0-8 when they didn’t. The pieces are there at receiver, and with a few good quarterback options to start putting more pressure on.
Biggest Key To The Ball State Defense
The run defense has to be a whole lot better. The experience is in place, and the linebackers are great, but none of it matters if the Cardinals allow over five yards per carry and 36 touchdowns again. The run D – stunningly – held Notre Dame in check, but over the last ten games it got hit for 190 yards or more eight times, and was destroyed for 360 or more in three of the last four. To get better, the Cardinals need more out of …
Key Player To A Successful Season
NT Tuni Ropati, Sr.
The 6-2, 280-pound nose tackle came up with 15 tackles, 299-pound sophomore Kyle Williams, and 314-pound Emeka Jillani bring some decent size on the inside, but they have to be a whole lot stronger against the run. Getting into the backfield would be nice, but the ends have to do their jobs and the linebackers will do their part. Hold up on the inside – the tackles have to be better.
Key Game To The Ball State Season
at Northern Illinois, Oct. 5
With all of the experience coming back and with all of the potential from what should be a stronger offense, it’s time to take down the big boy in the West.
To dream big, the Western Michigan game is on the road, and dealing with Ohio from the East isn’t easy, but the Toledo game is in Muncie. With a week off to prepare, beat Northern Illinois on the road in the MAC opener, break the ten-game losing streak, beat the defending conference champs, become a player.
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2018 Ball State Fun Stats
– Time of Possession: Opponents 32:06 – Ball State 27:54
– Fumbles: Ball State 17 (lost 10) – Opponents 14 (lost 6)
– Touchdowns Scored: Opponents 51 – Ball State 37