"Monster From The MAC" Still Has a Chance

Nathan PoseyContributor INovember 28, 2008

Despite the "Nay-sayers," of the world, Ball State Football is still pecking at the BCS door. Here's why.

Nate Davis is the real deal when it comes to college football quarterbacks. He has the arm, the legs, and even more importantly the on field savvy to get the job done. No wonder so many pro scouts are in and out of Muncie, Indiana salivating at the prospect of getting this kid in the draft. That being said the squad as a whole is teaming with talent that former Michigan Assistant head coach and defensive co-ordinator, Brady Hoke has put together.


This team is good despite who they have played. They can only set out to win what the schedule dictates and that is what they have done. Unfortunately, only the BCS now can show the nation just how talented a team they really are. Something Hoke and the Mid-West already know.


“Obviously, it’s good to win,” Ball State head coach Brady Hoke says. “I am really happy for this group of kids and this senior class to come together and accomplish what they set out to get but we’re not finished yet.”


For those who still wonder how that could be accomplished, here is the guidelines set by the BCS...


According to the BCS rules: "The champion of Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, the Mountain West Conference, the Sun Belt Conference, or the Western Athletic Conference will earn an automatic berth in a BCS bowl game if either: A. Such team is ranked in the top 12 of the final BCS Standings, or, B. Such team is ranked in the top 16 of the final BCS Standings and its ranking in the final BCS Standings is higher than that of a champion of a conference that has an annual automatic berth in one of the BCS bowls."

As of today Ball State is ranked 15th and is therefore in the top 16 BCS Standings.  The number one team in the Big East is Cincinnati who is ranked 16th and is therefore ranked below Ball State.  So Ball State according to BCS Rule B would be in a BCS Bowl game. Of course this would change if Cincinnati moves ahead of Ball State in the BCS standings, or if Buffalo wins the MAC championship or if Ball State moves out of the top 16.

One final thought...look at the teams the Cardinals have dismantled and who those teams have beaten. Someone is going to get attacked by a big bird...and it won't be a pretty site.