Located in Muncie, Ball State, the Ball State Cardinals play football in the west division of the Mid-American Conference. The Cardinals are one of the greatest success stories in college football in terms of program growth. When the program started in 1924, they were classified as a junior college. In 1957, Ball State was upgraded to a Small College before being upgraded to Division II in 1973, Division 1-AA (FCS) in 1975, and finally up to Division 1-A (FBS) in 1981.
Only 8 short years after making the move to the highest level of college football, the Cardinals qualified for their first bowl game. Ball State took on the Fresno State Bulldogs in the 1989 California Bowl. Although the Bulldogs defeated the Cardinals, the game would become a coming out party for Ball State. Since then the Cardinals have had a consistent presence in bowl season and have cemented themselves as a top program in the Midwest. Ball State returned to a bowl game in 1993, in the Las Vegas Bowl against the Utah State Aggies.
Although the Cardinals lost their first 7 bowl games, they continue to make bowl appearances including a stretch of 4 in 7 seasons from 2007-2013. It would seem that it’s only a matter of time before Muncie is celebrating a Ball State bowl victory. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Ball State Cardinals Bowl Game tickets.
Ball State Cardinals Recent Bowl Game History
Ball State has played in a bowl game both of the past two years. In 2012, the Cardinals lost to the UCF Knights in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl by the score of 38-17. In 2013, the Cardinals played in the GoDaddy.com Bowl and lost to the Arkansas State by the score of 23-20 because of a last minute touchdown by the Red Wolves.