Mike Neu discusses the team’s mindset after a good showing against Notre Dame and what stands out about IU.
Ryan O’Gara, The Star Press
MUNCIE, Ind. — Ball State got its money’s worth last weekend at Notre Dame, raking in $1.1 million to play on NBC and hanging tough before eventually falling 24-16.
So what is the compensation for this Saturday’s game at Indiana (12 p.m., Big Ten Network)? Well, it’s not as much of a paycheck, but the Cardinals still cash in.
Ball State will pocket $700,000 for playing in Bloomington. That is actually the lowest payday the Cardinals will get from playing a Power Five team over the next few years. For example, Ball State will get $1.55 million from Kentucky in 2023 and $1.5 million from Tennessee in 2022.
This is the first of three meetings between Ball State and IU on a contract signed Sep. 9, 2014. The Cardinals will open the 2019 season against Indiana at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Game 1: Sep. 15, 2018 in Bloomington ($700,000 to Ball State)
Game 2: Aug. 31, 2019 in Indianapolis ($200,000 to IU)
Game 3: Sep. 19, 2020 in Bloomington ($700,000 to Ball State)
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This game should have much more of an in-state rivalry feel than when Ball State played last week at Notre Dame, which is a national program in terms of recruiting. The Fighting Irish only had seven players from Indiana, whereas the Hoosiers have 36, much more comparable to Ball State’s 49.
There are nine high schools with players on both teams, though the players weren’t necessarily there at the same time. And then you add in how many times some of these guys played each other in high school, or competed against one another at camps, especially the players from the Indianapolis and Fort Wayne areas. Here are the high schools with players on both teams:
•Bloomington South: Sam Helm (BSU) and Kristian Pechac (IU)
•Carmel: Elliot Charlebois (BSU), Ethan Merriweather (BSU), Britt Beery (IU) and Isaac James (IU)
•Center Grove: Trevor Hohlt (BSU), Gavin Everett (IU) Jacob Limbach (IU), Nathanael Snyder and Drew Conrad (IU)
•Fishers: Luke Martin (BSU) and J-Shun Harris II (IU)
•Fort Wayne Snider: Vince Campbell (BSU), Hunter Causey (BSU), Bryson Haft (BSU) and Zenden Dellinger (IU)
•Hamilton Southeastern: Brock Burns (BSU), Kyle Schrank (BSU) and Madison Norris (IU)
•Lawrence North: Brandon Martin (BSU) and Caleb Jones (IU)
•North Central: Rashaad Poindexter (BSU) and Elijah Hiltunen (IU)
•Westfield: Hank Grenda (BSU), Devin Reece (BSU) and Jacob Robinson (IU)
Ball State has fared well recently in this series, winning three of the last four matchups. The Cardinals won in 2008 (the game Dante Love suffered a career-ending injury), 2011 and 2012 (on Steven Schott’s 42-yard field goal). Indiana won 30-20 in the most recent matchup in 2016. The Hoosiers lead the all-time series 5-3.
Ball State wasn’t fazed going against all of Notre Dame’s high-level recruits (47 four-star recruits in the last four years) as it scratched and clawed to make it a close game. It’ll be a much more level-playing field on Saturday against IU, though the Hoosiers are deeper. IU has 91 three-star recruits in the last four years, according to 247Sports. Ball State has 28 in that span.
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IU head coach Tom Allen is a New Castle graduate. Here is some of what he had to say about Ball State during the opening remarks of his weekly press conference.
“… Coach (Mike) Neu’s done a great job there. Know him well, respect him a ton and has done a great, great job. Kids play really hard, they have gotten a lot better.
“Riley Neal’s the best quarterback overall in terms of passing and everything, he can run, he’s athletic and a big old guy and he’s the best, most complete one we played yet. Throws the ball extremely well.”
“… They have had a lot of success against us in the past. So they have our full attention and they have done a great job to be able to win their first game and then go to Notre Dame and play within a one score, one possession game against a very talented Notre Dame team. So that opponent coming to town defensively has improved dramatically in a year’s time.”
Ryan O’Gara covers Ball State and East Central Indiana high schools at the Star Press. Contact him at (765) 213-5829, [email protected] or @RyanOGara.