The Cardinals (9-3, 6-2 MAC) defeated Miami (Ohio) on Friday to close out the regular season on a six-game winning streak. In addition, all three of Ball State's losses — Clemson, Kent State and Northern Illinois — came against teams currently ranked in the AP Poll.
The News-Sentinel sports columnist and reporter Pete DiPrimio was the only member of the 60 AP Poll voters to put Ball State on his top 25 ballot this week. DiPrimio ranked the Cardinals at No. 25.
The Cardinals were one of 15 schools to receive votes but finish outside of the top 25 in the AP Poll this week.
This is the first time Ball State earned a AP Poll vote since the final AP Poll of the 2008 season when the Cardinals closed out the season 12-2 with a loss to Tulsa in the GMAC Bowl.
Ball State finished this year in second place in the MAC West and is projected to play in its first bowl game in four years.