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Did Ball State University deserve a spot in the top 25 for College Football??

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Started: 1/30/2009 Category: Sports
Updated: 8 years ago Status: Voting Period
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pickle338

Pro

I will leave the first argument to my opponent...thank you!
theitalianstallion

Con

I thank my opponent for creating this debate.

"Did Ball State University deserve a spot in the top 25 for College Football??"

Based on the information provided, I have concluded that I must show to the audience that Ball State did not deserve a top 25 ranking at the conclusion of the 2008-09 college football season.

Ball State finished their season with an impressive win-loss record of 12-2, but they failed to make the final Top 25 team rankings for both the AP Poll and the USA Today's Rankings.

With that in mind, I will now tell the audience why this happened.

A 12-2 record is impressive in any sport, but does that record really tell us anything about that team?

In the case of Ball State, the answer is a resounding "no."

The Two Losses

In Ball State's 12 game, regular season schedule, they compiled a record of 12-0. In the games that mattered, though, the Mid-American Conference Championship Game and GMAC Bowl, the Cardinals did not perform well, losing 42-24 to Buffalo and 45-13 to Tulsa respectively.

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Scoring an average of almost 38 ppg in the regular season, the offense failed to show up against the stiffest opposition of the year.

The defense also came up short against the best teams it faced; giving up an average of approximately 17 ppg in the regular season, the defense was "run-over" to say the least.

Simply put, Ball State could not beat opponents that were not overwhelmed by offensive power.

Strength of Schedule

Throughout Ball State's 14 game schedule, they continuously beat and routed their opposition in an impressive manner, but how strong was the Cardinal's competition?

Ball State's opponents had a pitiful, combined record of 73-102, or a winning percentage of .417.

Out of the 14 teams they played, only 5 had winning records, and of those 5, 3 had 5 or more losses. Those 5 averaged a mediocre 9-5 record, and only 2 managed the average.

The other 9 teams had an average record of 3-9, only 2 managing to get 5 wins.

I again thank my opponent for this debate and eagerly await his response.
Debate Round No. 1
pickle338

Pro

pickle338 forfeited this round.
theitalianstallion

Con

Although I am dissappointed in my opponents efforts, I must thank him for creating this debate.

Extend all arguments.
Debate Round No. 2
pickle338

Pro

pickle338 forfeited this round.
theitalianstallion

Con

Again, I thank my opponent for creating this debate, but I am very disappointed by his efforts.

Extend all previous arguments.

Please vote Con.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Urania 8 years ago
Urania
i cant vote!!
grr.
i vote for con!!!
yay con!!!
Posted by VoodooChild 8 years ago
VoodooChild
Damn heres another one. Dude you should think about entering the Debate tournament. It starts March 1st. Your gonna kill everybody.
Posted by theitalianstallion 8 years ago
theitalianstallion
I'm not excepting unless I get 72 hours for the response time.
Posted by theitalianstallion 8 years ago
theitalianstallion
If you make the resonse period longer, preferably 72 hours, I'll take it.
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