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Ball State was 10-for-14 on third downs last week. In its season-opening 23-20 win, USF held Notre Dame to 5-of-14 (while going 2-of-14).
The Bulls are ranked for the first time since November 2009 but face a Ball State team that upset Indiana 27-20 in last week's opener in another NFL stadium (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis). The Cardinals' Keith Wenning went 23-for-29 for 172 yards and two TDs, and freshman Jahwan Edwards rushed for 84 yards. But that win was just Ball State's second against a team from a BCS conference (ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC). USF will pay tribute to Lee Roy Selmon, left, who died Sunday. Expect more of USF's freshmen, including receivers Andre Davis and Ruben Gonzalez, to make their debuts.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
No. 22 USF vs. Ball State, 7 p.m., BHSN, 970-AM