2012 Ball State Cardinals Football Preview
2011 Record: 6-6 (4-4 Mid-American)
Head Coach: Pete Lembo, second season (6-6 at Ball State) (85-42 overall)
Projected Returning Starters: 16
Spring Game: April 21st
Notes: Lembo completed his first season as a FBS coach in Muncie last season, one that should be considered successful. Ball State was bowl eligible, but ultimately was not selected. Still, Ball State had their most wins since 2008, when the Cardinals were undefeated in the regular season under then-Coach Brady Hoke. Expectations will be high in Muncie with Lembo’s first season being a marked improvement over Coach Stan Parrish.
BVTSB Take: Entering into the 2011 schedule, the thought was Ball State had a fairly tough non-conference schedule. South Florida, Army, and Oklahoma were just coming off bowl games and Indiana was considered to be a likely loss. Yet the Cardinals split their non-conference games, beating Indiana and Army, but got drilled by South Florida and Oklahoma. Ball State was 1-5 against teams with winning records, but 5-1 against teams with losing, or .500, records. Ball State will play Indiana, South Florida, and Army again this year, with the Bulls at home and the Hoosiers and Black Knights on the road, this time. Instead of Oklahoma, Ball State plays Clemson. Quarterback Keith Wenning and running back Jahwan Edwards (47% of rushing yards) both return in 2012, but the Cardinals will have to replace their top two wide receivers. Its too early to tell how Coach Lembo will do in his tenure at Ball State, but this year looks to be a step back from last year, unless the Cardinals can mount more than two wins prior to their bye week.
2012 Early Projection: 5-7
To see the 2012 MAC composite schedule, click here.
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