MAC Commissioner: Ball State Not Expected to Go To Boise
I just got off the phone with Rick Chryst, the commissioner of the Mid-American Conference. He said the MAC and Ball State have explored all possibilities to make the Boise State-Ball State game work. But he expects Ball State to play in one of the MAC-affiliated bowls, and not in Boise.
That means Maryland is probably headed to Boise. The opponent in Boise, Idaho, would be Boise State or Nevada. Boise State could have an opportunity to play TCU in a pretty good matchup in San Diego.
“I think we have exhausted in a good way all the possibilities of” Ball State vs. Boise State, Chryst said. “And my sense is strongly that Ball State will be in one of the three MAC games, which means Ball State-Boise State is not likely to happen.”
A Ball State official also said Ball State will play in one of the MAC games. Kevin McDonald, the executive director at the Humanitarian Bowl, said a press release will be issued in about an hour. Chryst cited a few reasons why Boise State-Ball State will not work out.
“Where we are likely to end up is that Ball State remains in the MAC bowl mix,” Chryst said. “I don’t want to speak for our bowl partners or for Ball State but I think it is primarily to really strengthen the MAC bowls, that we are still growing our bowl games. I also think there is a real focus on the economic environment right now.”
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