Monday, December 24, 2007

Bowl-O-Rama: The International Bowl

I hear that marijuana is legal in Canada. Ball State might want to pick some up to help ease the effects of what could be a long, long day.

Teams: Ball State & Rutgers
Location: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Miles Traveled By Each Team: Ball State(511), Rutgers(499)
Related Cereal: Baron VonRedberry(No, he’s not Canadian, but he is an international breakfast pilot).

Breakdown: Ball State heads into this game with the #66 ranked rushing offense(147yds/gm, 18TD's), and the #21 ranked passing offense(284yds/gm, 27TD's). Overall, their offense is ranked #30 in the nation. On defense, the Cardinals’ defense is ranked #99 against the run(197yds/gm, 20TD's), and #50 against the pass(221yds/gm, 18TD's). Their total defense is ranked #88, and surrenders an average of 418yds/gm and has allowed 41 total touchdowns.

Their opponent, Rutgers, comes into the game with the #31 ranked rush attack(190yds/gm, 24TD's), and the #43 ranked passing offense(247yds/gm, 18TD's). Their total offense is ranked #26. The Scarlet Knights’ defense is ranked #62 against the rush(155yds/gm, 18TD's), and #2 against the pass(160yds/gm, 11TD's). Their total defense is ranked #13, and allows an average of 316yds/gm and has given up 31 total touchdowns.

Signature Wins: Ball State-Navy? Rutgers-South Florida.

Common Opponents: Navy and Buffalo. Ball State defeated the Midshipmen 34-31. Rutgers beat them 41-24. Ball State beat Buffalo 49-14. Rutgers defeated them 38-3.

Prediction: Ball State brings a decent passing offense based around the arm of Nate Davis. If the Cardinals want any shot at winning he has to have a stellar game. Though, Rutgers does have an extremely tough pass defense so achieving success against them through the air will be difficult at best. Ball State’s defense isn’t particularly strong against either the run or the pass, and I expect that the Scarlet Knights will be able to move the ball somewhat easily against them. Ray Rice should have a big day, as Rutgers wins this one, 38-17.

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