The Arena: Kelly/Shorts Stadium (Mount Pleasant, MI)
The Date: Nov. 19, 2009 at 7 p.m. (EST)
The Prize: MAC West Title (barring a letdown next week)
Entering the Ring in the Right Corner
With a record of 10 wins and zero loses, the Ball State University Cardinals. Ball State is best known for the continuing references to David Letterman, surprise quarterback Nate Davis, tiny running back MiQuale Lewis, and being called a "BCS Buster."
Entering the Ring in the Left Corner
With a record of eight wins and two losses, the Central Michigan Chippewas. CMU is best known for highly-touted quarterback Dan LeFevour, winning close games (seven of eight wins by 10 or less), TWO consecutive MAC championships, and having the 20th highest winning percentage in FBS.
I hope you will tune in on Wednesday night to see this clash of the titans.
Ball State's closest game was a 12-point win against Navy. The Cardinals have won by an average of 22.2 points per game.
They have not lost a game since Jan. 5 of this year and are currently ranked 17th in the BCS.
Central Michigan is the exact opposite of Ball State. The Chippewas play close games, with wins of three (in overtime), three, one, 10, 10, two, three, and 19.
The Chippewas have two losses, to Purdue by seven and No. 11-ranked Georgia by 39.
Each team enters the contest undefeated in MAC play, 6-0 in the conference.
Only one team will leave Mount Pleasant, Mich., undefeated in conference. Which will it be?
My pick: Ball State 35, Central Michigan 23