MAC foes square off when the Ball State Cardinals (3-7) host the Kent State Golden Flashes (1-9) on Saturday, November 18, 2023 at Scheumann Stadium. Ball State is favored by 10.5 points. The over/under is set at 42.5.
The Cardinals’ game against the Golden Flashes will be airing on ESPN+.
Cardinals vs. Golden Flashes Game Info
- Date: Saturday, November 18, 2023
- Time: 2:00 PM ET
- Channel: ESPN+
- Livestream: Stream NCAA football on Fubo and ESPN+
- City: Muncie, Indiana
- Venue: Scheumann Stadium
- The Cardinals have been a bottom-25 offense this season, ranking sixth-worst with 294.7 yards per contest. On defense, they are ranked 43rd in the FBS (349.3 yards allowed per game).
- While the Cardinals’ defense ranks 77th with 27.3 points allowed per game, they’ve been a little less successful on offense, ranking fifth-worst (17 points per game).
- Ball State ranks seventh-worst in passing offense (146.1 passing yards per game), but thas played a little better on defense, ranking 56th with 221.3 passing yards allowed per game.
- The Cardinals are putting up 148.6 rushing yards per game on offense this year (81st in the FBS), and they are allowing 128 rushing yards per game (37th) on the other side of the ball.
- Ball State is putting up a 38.6% third-down percentage on offense, which ranks them 73rd in the FBS. Defensively, the defense ranks 69th, giving up a 38.8% third-down conversion rate.
- The Cardinals have the 23rd-worst turnover margin in college football at -5, forcing five turnovers (127th in the FBS) while turning it over 10 times (45th in the FBS).
Golden Flashes Insights
- Kent State has been sputtering on offense, ranking fourth-worst with 278.4 total yards per game. It has been better on the other side of the ball, giving up 389.7 total yards per contest (83rd-ranked).
- Kent State has struggled on both offense and defense this season, ranking worst in points (14.6 per game) and 14th-worst in points surrendered (34.4 per game).
- The Golden Flashes’ passing offense has been bottom-25 this season, generating 165.3 passing yards per game, which ranks 15th-worst in the FBS. Defensively, they rank 73rd with 230.3 passing yards surrendered per contest.
- Kent State ranks 21st-worst in rushing yards per game (113.1), but it has been more productive on the other side of the ball, ranking 87th in the FBS with 159.4 rushing yards allowed per contest.
- The Golden Flashes have been outplayed on both offense and defense on third down this season, ranking sixth-worst in third-down conversion rate (29.7%) and fourth-worst in third-down rate allowed (48.5%).
- After forcing seven turnovers (115th in the FBS) and turning the ball over six times (10th in the FBS) this season, Kent State owns the 56th-ranked turnover margin of +1.
- Marquez Cooper has recorded 767 rushing yards with three touchdowns (76.7 yards per game through 10 games). His 4.5 yards per attempt rank 204th in college football.
- He’s hauled in 17 passes (on zero targets) for 151 receiving yards with zero touchdowns. He’s averaging 15.1 receving yards and 1.7 catches per game.
- Kiael Kelly has thrown for 415 yards, one touchdown and one interception this year. He averages 41.5 yards per game and 4.6 per attempt, while completing 52.7%.
- He has rushed for 499 yards (second on the Cardinals) and added five touchdowns on the ground, while averaging 49.9 rushing yards per game.
- In the passing game, Tanner Koziol, has totaled 269 receiving yards and three touchdowns after catching 32 balls on zero targets. Per game, he’s averaging 29.9 yards and 3.6 receptions through nine games.
Golden Flashes Leaders
- This year, Chrishon McCray has 41 receptions for 610 yards with four receiving touchdowns. He has been targeted zero times and averages 4.6 catches per game through nine games played.
- Tommy Ulatowski has 721 passing yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. His completion percentage is 51.4% and he averages 90.1 yards per game and 6.5 per attempt.
- Ulatowski also has one rushing touchdown and 100 rushing yards (fourth on the Golden Flashes).
- So far this season through 10 games, Gavin Garcia has racked up 431 rushing yards (leading the Golden Flashes) and scored two rushing touchdowns. He averages 43.1 yards per game and 3.9 per carry (274th in the FBS).