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Miami at Ball State the Redbird Rivalry

DICKDICK Wealthy Alum
edited October 21 in Football
3:30 Saturday in Muncie.  Game can be watched on ESPN+ with Jim Barber and Tyoka Jackson or you can listen to Bake and Terry.  However, you really should be there.  Ball State has won 3 in a row to go 4-3 ( 2-1) tied for 2nd in the MACWest.  Miami is 3-4 ( 2-1) and tied for first in the MAC East.  This is Homecoming for Ball State, and it is their one an only rivalry game and their only trophy game.  These two teams have won the last two MAC championships and could meet again later in the year in Detroit for this year's championship.  Miami leads the overall series 20-13-1.  Last year the Cardinals won the MAC championship and beat a top 25 Buffalo team in that game, then beat a top 20 undefeated Mountain West champion San Jose in their Bowl game.  Only loss was to us.

Veteran QB Drew Plitt got off to a slow start this year, but has been putting up good numbers lately.  He is 6th in the MAC in passing yardage.  Neither team has anyone in the top 15 rushers in the MAC.  In receiving yardage Jack Sorenson is 4th and Mac Hippenhammer 12th while Ball State's Justin Hall is 7th.  Miami is first in the MAC in scoring defense, first in sacks, and first in rushing defense.  One website named Miami's Lonnie Phelps the first half MAC Defensive Player of the Year. Phelps leads he MAC in sacks and tackles for loss. Miami got a lift last week from Jaylon Bester and Andrew Homer who came back from injuries and scored 3 TD's between them.  QB Brett Gabbert has missed 10 straight quarters and may or may not play Saturday.
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