The Head Coach of this successful football program is Pete Lembo. Now in his sixth year at the helm, he led the Cardinals to an imposing Won-Loss record of 10-4 just two years ago in 2013. The team’s in-conference record was almost perfect at seven wins and just a single loss.
Their superior on-field performance earned the Cardinals an invitation to the Go Daddy Bowl. They were defeated by Arkansas State in a hard-fought contest.
Coach Lembo’s team followed up that great year with more stellar play on the gridiron in 2014. And expectations for the upcoming 2015 Season are, as might be expected, high. The Ball State Cardinals are obviously a squad with a winning attitude.
The new season’s twelve game schedule will have the Indiana team playing six games at home and an equal number of games on the road. While there are no nationally-ranked teams on the schedule, there are many tough and competitive squads ready to do battle with the high-flying Cardinals.
It will all get started when Ball State hosts Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in a season opening contest on September 3rd. Another non-conference foe on the home team’s schedule is Georgia State University. They’ll visit Ball State for a game on October 17th.
The remainder of the games scheduled to be played in Muncie, Indiana are all against conference foes. These include the University of Toledo on October 3rd, Central Michigan University on October 24th, the UMass Minutemen on October 31st and Bowling Green University, a conference power. They’ll visit the Cardinals on November 24th.
Among Ball State’s six road games are contests against Texas A& M on September 24th and Northwestern University of the Big 10 Conference on September 26th. Both games figure to present the visiting Cardinals with great challenges.
Ball State’s football team will also travel to Eastern Michigan University for a game on September 19th, to Northern Illinois on October 10th, to Western Michigan on November 5th and to Ohio University on November 17th. These games are all against conference opponents and will go a long way in determining whether or not the Cardinals earn a bowl game invitation.
Ball State’s recent success on the football field along with the solid leadership of Head Coach Pete Lembo both lead to the conclusion that stellar play and positive results are still “in the cards” for this small school powerhouse.