No. 17 WMU wary of upset-minded Ball State

KALAMAZOO - Ball State is getting a national television audience for a game against a Top 25 team on its own turf.

So despite the Cardinals current spot at the bottom of the Mid-American Conference West Division standings, the unbeaten Western Michigan Broncos are wary of an upset-minded Ball State team on Tuesday night.

"Myself, I've played them for the past two years, and I know what they bring to the table," Western Michigan running back Jarvion Franklin told reporters this week. "They are strong, they are physical, they're fast, and they're hard-nosed. So we definitely don't have an off week."

No. 17-ranked Western Michigan (8-0, 4-0 MAC) visits Ball State (4-4, 1-3 MAC) in a game broadcast Tuesday, 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

Franklin is the lead back for the top-ranked rushing offense in the MAC (252.8 ypg). The junior and 2014 MAC Offensive Player of the Year has rushed for 909 yards and seven touchdowns. Teammate and sophomore Jamauri Bogan has rushed for 568 yards and seven touchdowns.

Ball State is holding opponets to 153.2 yards per game, while allowing 287 passing yards per contest.

"It's a challenge, but we're up for the challenge," Ball State head coach Mike Neu told reporters during his weekly press conference. "That's what you love. When you play the game, these are the games you look forward to. If you want to be the best, you've got to beat the best. And right now, they are in our conference — they're 8-0. That's great, to have that challenge here at Scheumann Stadium."

Nick Buckley can be reached at nbuckley@battlecreekenquirer.com or 269-966-0652. Follow him on Twitter:@NickJBuckley

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