Friday, September 26, 2008

Life on the Edge: Kent State Edition

Most of you know Edge as the roving correspondent for our OTP Muncie bureau. He brings delight and joy to the masses with his Rock & Roll Report Cards after Ball State games which he decides to rock out at in person. In an effort to ensure your Awesome Quotient, or AQ as we like to call it, increases on a weekly basis, Edge offers insight into the Cards' upcoming opponent as well. This week's edition? Kent State.

Life On The Edge: Kent State Edition

Those of you who are looking for a non-stop block of rock need look no further than the Ball State homecoming game this Saturday. The predictions are in, and it looks like a solid Ball State victory. Of course, most gave IU the edge last week, including me. Nothing is a sure thing in football, which is why the game is played. But we shouldn't have too many difficulties.

Kent State is a step below Navy and fourteen ahead of Northeastern. Cardinal fans should have something to celebrate Saturday evening. Since it's not too often we get a chance to start (gasp) 5-0, if I were able to be there, I would clear my calendar for a couple days after. As it stands, I will be in Nashville for a concert and have to miss my Cards for the first and only time at home this season.

We should probably talk about Love, and since this is a blog, an opinion or two might sneak out here or there. We've all had time to let it sink in that we will be without our star receiver for the rest of the year. Nothing will change that. Adjustments have to be made, and if the IU game was any indication, we will be just fine.

Certain people are going to have to step up the challenge. Orsbon and Ifft in particular. I have no doubt they'll be able to give a couple fresh, constant targets for Davis, but it's not going to happen all in one week. We'll have to give it time to coalesce, but I'd feel safe going into late October knowing they've developed into their bigger roles nicely. Also, MiQuale Lewis will have to pound more yards on the ground. This is a great chance for him to really shine, and so far he's been beyond outstanding.

The biggest thing is that this team can't succeed with just two star players on offense (Davis-Love). I don't think any of us can expect any team to live or die by two players (New England). Ball State knows this, and Saturday is a big test to see how successful life after Love - A.L. - will be. I'll put my money on the Cards, and I anticipate a blowout. Rock on.

Ball State: 45
Kent State: 20

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