Ball State vs. Northern Illinois: How to watch, schedule, live stream info, game time, TV channel
The Ball State Cardinals and the Northern Illinois Huskies are set to square off in a Mid-American matchup at 2 p.m. ET Oct. 1 at Scheumann Stadium. Both teams took a loss in their last game, so they'll have plenty of motivation to get the 'W.'
Ball State was hampered by 85 penalty yards against the Georgia Southern Eagles last week. The Cardinals came up short against Georgia Southern, falling 34-23. A silver lining for Ball State was the play of WR Jayshon Jackson, who caught ten passes for one TD and 122 yards. That receiving effort made it the first game that Jackson has posted more than 100 yards receiving.
Special teams collected 11 points for Ball State. K Ben VonGunten delivered a perfect 3-for-3 game.
Meanwhile, it was all tied up 14-14 at halftime, but NIU was not quite the Kentucky Wildcats' equal in the second half when they met last week. The Huskies took a 31-23 hit to the loss column. TE Tristen Tewes put forth a good effort for the losing side as he snatched two receiving TDs.
NIU's defense was a presence as well, as it got past the Wildcats' offensive line to sack QB Will Levis five times for a total loss of 21 yards. It was a group effort with seven guys contributing.
The Cardinals are expected to lose this next one by 4.5. Those betting on them against the spread shouldn't have high expectations for them since the team is 0-2 ATS when expected to lose.
The losses bumped both teams down to an identical 1-3. Ball State is 1-1 after losses this year, the Huskies 0-2.
How To Watch
When: Saturday at 2 p.m. ET
Where: Scheumann Stadium -- Muncie, Indiana
TV: ESPN Plus
Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
Follow: CBS Sports App
Ticket Cost: $17.49
Ball State hit a field goal to take the lead with 1:42 left and Northern Illinois answered, driving 62 yards to set up a 32-yard, game-winning field goal off the leg of John Richardson.
It was a bitter, 30-29, defeat for Ball State in a game in which it led 26-17 early in the third quarter. Ball State waited two more weeks to pick up the sixth win it needed for bowl eligibility while Northern Illinois went on to win the Mid-American Conference championship.
The rivalry returns to Scheumann Stadium at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 (ESPN+). Here are five things to watch:To make Cardinals' fans feel a little more at ease, look around the MAC. Eight teams currently sit at 1-3. Four others are 2-2.
But if there was ever a time for Ball State to get back on track, playing at home against your rival feels like the right time to make it happen.
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When there's a trophy involved, a regular season game has just a little bit more meaning. And no one on the Cardinals' roster will soon forget last year's game when John Richardson ran behind Ball State's sideline after kicking the game-winner.dstrescsefter