The Mid-American Conference football season officially comes to a close tonight as Ball State takes on Arkansas State in the 2014 GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Ala.. This bowl season has been a nightmare for the MAC so far as it has gone 0-4, and remains the only conference without a single win this post-season. Can Keith Wenning and company bust the slump while winning the Cardinals first bowl game ever, or will the MAC go 0-fer and wrap up one of its worst post-season showings ever?
The Cardinals enter Sunday night's game at 10-2 on the season (7-1 MAC), after missing out on a MAC West title due to their lone conference loss to NIU. BSU's only other loss came in Week 3 against North Texas, which wrapped up its season with a win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year's Day. The Cardinals have been chugging along all season, quietly dispatching opponents one-by-one thanks to a balanced and prolific offense that is as good as they come. Senior quarterback Keith Wenning, junior wideout Willie Snead and sophomore wideout Jordan Williams make up one of the best aerial attacks in the nation, and junior running back Jahwan Edwards provides the Cardinals with a solid ground game that can catch opposing defenses sleeping. Speaking of defense, BSU didn't win 10 games on offense alone. The Cardinals allow just under 25 points-per-game putting them in the top third of the country defensively.
Arkansas State enters the GoDaddy.com Bowl for the third consecutive season, and under the tutelage of interim head coach John Thompson for the second-straight season. The Red Wolves went 7-5 this season, just slipping into a bowl game. They feature one of the nation's best running attacks, surprisingly without featuring a single 1,000 yard rusher. Arkansas State won the GoDaddy.com Bowl last season against No. 25 Kent State, and are looking for a repeat.
How To Watch:
The game is scheduled to kick off on ESPN at 9 p.m. EST. You can also stream the game online via ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app with a valid cable subscription.
How To Listen:
Ball State fans can stream the official Cardinals' radio broadcast of the game via BallStateSports.com.
Arkansas State fans can stream the official Red Wolves' radio broadcast of the game via AStateRedWolves.com with a valid subscription.
We'll be covering this game live in our official GoDaddy.com Bowl StoryStream, bringing you quarterly updates, a full recap and any news leading up to and during the game.
We've also been busy preparing for the game and have a full preview of the matchup here, as well as an update on the odds for the game here, and a guide of the key names to know from each team here.