Head-to-head: Army vs. Ball State

Next up for Army is Ball State. ArmySports.com compares different critical team areas of Army and Ball State and indicates which team has the edge.

Ball State
Army rushing offense
Ball State rushing defense
Army is eighth nationally in rushing, averaging 283 yards per game. Slot back Patrick Mealy leads Army in rushing with 208 yards in two games. Ball State allowed 296 yards rushing in their opener against North Texas a couple weeks ago. Linebacker Davyd Jones is one of BSU's top run stoppers.  
Army passing offense
Ball State passing defense
Quarterback Carson Williams threw two "pick sixes" against Duke. Damion Hunter is Army's leading receiver with five receptions. Towering Alejandro Villanueva had 4 catches against Duke including one for a score. Sean Baker leads the Ball State secondary and has one interception so far this season. Defensive end Robert Eddins has 17 tackles already this season including four for losses.  
Ball State rushing offense
Army rushing defense
MiQuale Lewis (5-6, 189, Sr.) headlines the Ball State rushing attack. He ranks sixth in Ball State's record books for career rushing yards with 2,587. He already has 124 yards during the Cardinal first two games but was shut down against New Hampshire, finishing with 24 yards rushing. Army will counter with linebackers Andrew Rodriguez, Steven Erzinger and Stephen Anderson.  
Ball State passing offense
Army passing defense
Freshman quarterback Kelly Page has struggled early for the Cardinals. He has completed just 30 of 68 passes for 253 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions this season. His top two targets are receiver Seth White and running back Lewis who have a combined 18 catches. Army defensive linemen Josh McNary and Victor Ugenyi should be able to terrorize him throughout the game. Donovan Travis will be looking to add another interception to his season total of one.  
Special Teams
Ball State kicker Ian McGarvey has made 4 of 5 field goals so far this season. Freshman punter Scott Kovanda averages 42.5 yards a punt for the Cardinals. Ball State averages 20 yards per kickoff return and 8 yards per punt return. Alex Carlton made 2 of 3 attempts against Duke. Cadet punter Jonathan Bulls has performed well and averages just over 40 yards per punt.  
Ball State is coached by Stan Parrish who is 0-2 in his first season. He has a 57-44 career record which includes two win less seasons at Kansas State in the late 1980s. Most of his wins have come at the division II level. Rich Ellerson has 61-42 career record and is known as a winner. His wins have come at the FCS and FBS level.  
This is a battle of two programs heading in opposite directions. Ball State has had some recent success but things are starting to spiral downhill fast. Army suffered a setback last week against Duke but you can sense that this team is gaining confidence and is on a mission to finish the 2009 season with a bowl game.  

PREDICTION: Army 28 Ball State 10

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