Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Auburn vs. Ball State Preview

Certain things happen every four years.

  • We elect a president.
  • We have a leap year.
  • I eat Eggs Benedict (because it takes four years to clear all of the cholesterol out of your system).

Add to that list, Auburn plays Ball State.

We first squared off against David Letterman’s alma mater in 2001, winning 30-0. Four years later, in the 2005 season, we defeated them again 63-3. Though the 2013 schedule isn’t set yet, AD Jay Jacobs probably has Ball State penciled in for 2013.

Ball State is 0-3 so far this season, coming off a one TD loss to Army last week. The team is on a five-game losing streak, going back to last year when Ball State made a name itself by declining a bowl game.

Yes, you heard that right. They declined a bowl game.

Something that occurs less than once every four years is an undefeated season. Ball State went 12-0 last season and was invited to play Boise State in the Humanitarian Bowl. For those of you unfamiliar with the Boise State, they’ve been one of the best teams of the last three seasons including a signature Fiesta Bowl win against Oklahoma. They’re also the team with the blue field.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Humanitarian Bowl, it’s the one played on a blue field.

Because it constituted an unfair home field advantage, Ball State declined a Humanitarian Bowl match-up with 12-0 Boise State. Ball State, called wimps nationally, then played in the MAC Championship, and lost to Buffalo. From there, they went to the GMAC Bowl and got blown out by Tulsa. In short, since turning down the big time, Ball State’s been blown out big time. To paraphrase the main character from “My Name is Earl,” Ball State is “karma’s $%&#!”

So what does that mean for this weekend?

Auburn expects to beat Ball State this weekend. Everyone expects Auburn to beat Ball State this weekend. Gus Malzahn was the OC at Tulsa last season. He could probably mail this one in (not implying that he would). Let’s face it. Successive road trips to Tennessee and Arkansas are on the horizon. There’s no doubt we’re looking ahead.

However, let’s hope they concentrate on the game at hand. Karma is a very fickle woman.

War Eagle!

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