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Ball State-CMU By the Numbers

BSU vs. CMU:
National Stat Rankings & Statistics
Scoring Offense 113th (15.8) 53rd (30.0)
Rushing Offense 67th (148.5) 75th (139.0)
Passing Offense 115th (110.0) 18th (289.8)
Total Offense 117th (258.5) 35th (428.8)
Scoring Defense 78th (26.5) 15th (14.3)
Rushing Defense 89th (175.75) 18th (97.0)
Passing Defense 74th (223.5) 58th (198.3)
Total Defense 91st (399.3) 24th (295.3)
Sacks 111th (3.0) 10th (12.0)
Sacks Allowed 60th (7) 88th (10)
Turnover Margin 43rd (+1) 43rd (+1)
3rd Down Conv. % 94th (33.3%) 65th (40.4%)
Opp. 3rd Down Conv. % 118th (58.0%) 88th (43.1%)
Red Zone Conv. % 81st (78.6%) 106th (70.0%)
Opp. Red Zone Conv. % 101st (90.9%) 4th (57.1%)
Punting 43rd (42.9) 102nd (38.1)
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game 78th (58.8) 100th (69.0)

We have gotten away a bit from looking at the upcoming Cardinals’ opponents by their statistical prowess. Largely because it was early, they were FCS schools, and Purdue and Iowa I needed no further rationale to expect a drubbing. Perhaps we should have pushed it off another week after this one. 11-5 advantage for the Chips with 1 push. Perhaps the scariest thing to note from above is that BSU is leading in categories that ultimately cannot dictate a game. Having fewer penalties and punting well mean virtually nothing if you cannot move the ball yourself against their stringent defense or defend their potent offense. Stats of shock to me? CMU holding opponents to just over 57% in the red zone. That’s astounding. Additionally, their defensive numbers like 15th in the nation for points allowed go hand-in-hand with that sort of performance. What stats above worry you?


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