the GMAC Bowl
Tuesday, January 6th, 8:00pm
These two played the easiest and second easiest schedules in D-1A college football this year, but only Ball State had multiple good wins. Only one loss, in the MAC Championship, is solid too. Tulsa fell apart a bit at the end of the season, going 2-3 - can they finish strong?
|Points (rank)||180.52 (#29)||332.62 (#10)|
|Opp. Points (rank)||-1,862.17 (#120)||-1,737.09 (#119)|
|Points (% of Opp. Avg)||47.4 (158%)||36.6 (134%)|
|dPoints (% of Opp. Avg)||29.1 (126%)||18.6 (74%)|
|Rush Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||254.8 (146%)||192.7 (119%)|
|dRush Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||133.5 (125%)||141.8 (88%)|
|Pass Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||310.2 (136%)||266.7 (126%)|
|dPass Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||257.7 (112%)||206.2 (101%)|
|Tot Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||565.1 (141%)||459.4 (120%)|
|dTot Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||391.2 (109%)||347.9 (96%)|
|ST Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||137.8 (112%)||109.7 (90%)|
|dST Yds (% of Opp. Avg)||176.7 (140%)||140.5 (124%)|
|Penalties / Pen. Yds||4.7 / 39.8||2.8 / 26.8|
|TO's / TO Margin||2.3 / -8||1.2 / +8|
Both can score, but Ball State has the better D by far. They also have the edge in penalties and turnovers. It might be a fun, high-scoring game, but I think the Cardinals will run away with it.
The Line: Tulsa -2.5
The Call: Ball State by 10
The Result: Tulsa 45-13
Or maybe Tulsa will. I guess if you're going to play in a torrential downpour, it's a good thing to be named the Hurricanes. Props to them for getting it done and on a great overall season. Ball State, like Alabama, rolled through the regular season only to drop their conference championship and bowl games. But still, they have a lot to be proud of, coming back from losing a star player, and rolling over most teams in their path. Great year.