Quick Game Info
Who: Ball State Cardinals (3-6, 2-3) vs Western Michigan Broncos (5-3, 4-0)
Where: Waldo Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI
When: Thursday, November 5th, 7:30 PM
Radio: WMU - Listen live here. Or check out 96.5 FM (Kalamazoo), 94.1 FM (Lansing, Jackson, Battle Creek), 101.3FM (Grand Rapids), or 1130 AM (Detroit)
Ball State - Listen live here. Or check out 104.1 FM or 1430 AM
TV: CBS Sports Network (Channel finder here)
Players to Watch
Jordan Williams (WR, Ball State) - Last year, Williams had a great game against the Broncos. Against a shaky secondary, Williams is going to have to have another big game to keep his Cardinals in it.
Riley Neal (QB, Ball State) - It's time for the freshman QB to show his worth on national TV. The "Real Deal" has a chance to beat a top tier MAC team in November, something that could help set the stage for a slugfest in the West next year. A loss means his team is no longer in the hunt for a bowl game and his season is all but over.
Ball State's passing defense - After struggling early in the season, BSU's defense has improved drastically over the last two weeks. Only 33 total points allowed versus CMU and UMass. The Cards shut down Cooper Rush for the most part, and even gave their offense a chance to win. If they have a chance in Kalamazoo, Ben Ingle, Sean Wiggins and company will need to shut down WMU's offense led by Braverman.
Corey Davis (WR, WMU) - While spending a good portion of the season in Daniel Braverman's shadow, the brother of NFL wide-out Titus Davis has a chance to show everyone how good he is at home with his team in contention for a MAC West title. It's time for him to shine
Jamauri Bogan (RB, WMU) - How does one follow-up a four touchdown game? We'll find out when the shifty Bogan faces a Ball State defense that has been steadily improving since an embarrassing loss to Georgia State.
Darius Phillips (CB/KR, WMU) - While Phillips should have a good game on returns, it'll be how he plays in the secondary that is key to watch. In MAC play, Phillips has been picked on and burned multiple times. With some time to prepare for the Cardinal passing attack, the former wide-receiver must show the coverage potential he showed in the non-conference schedule.