Ball State completed its regular season undefeated Tuesday night, beating Western Michigan to finish 12-0. The Cardinals will play Buffalo on Dec. 5 in the MAC Championship Game.
And if Ball State wins that game, there is a chance the Cardinals could play in the Boise-based Humanitarian Bowl on Dec. 30 against Boise State.
Here's my take:
The WAC and the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl folks want to keep Boise State in the game because of the revenue it would generate. But Boise State — assuming it defeats Fresno State to remain undefeated — thinks it deserves better than a date with a 6-6 ACC team on the blue. And the Broncos are right.
So the WAC and the H-Bowl is trying to secure No. 15 Ball State as a worthy opponent for Boise State.
The game — A Clash of the Unbeatens — would be the most significant H-Bowl in history. Boise State would be ranked in the top 10; Ball State in the top 15. It would give ESPN something to promote.
The hardest part will be convincing Ball State to come to Boise to play Boise State. But the Cardinals will get more attention out of this game than playing in the Motor City Bowl or the GMAC Bowl.
"What’s great is that we’re talking about two teams that are really, really impressive football teams. Boise has built itself absolutely into a national program. Ball State is having a special year," MAC commissioner Rick Chryst said. "To think people would want to see that game played, that’s great. Whether it can or not, is still to be seen."
The MAC has three bowl tie-ins: Motor City, GMAC and International. Ball State is likely to go to the Motor City to play the No. 7 team from the Big Ten. But the Big Ten, if Ohio State makes the BCS, will not have a team to fill the Motor City Bowl.
If Ohio State does not make the BCS, Ball State is likely to meet 7-5 Minnesota in the Motor City Bowl.
The WAC would also have to convince the ACC to accept a spot in the Motor City Bowl, which shouldn't be too hard.
Perhaps the Broncos or ESPN could add some incentives to the deal, a regular-season road game at Ball State for the Broncos or a made-for-TV matchup between Ball State and someone next year from ESPN maybe, to make it more appealing.
Boise State players and coaches often talk about playing the best team possible in a bowl game, though that wasn't the case last year when the Broncos opted for East Carolina in the Hawaii Bowl over Georgia Tech in the H-Bowl.
If Ball State players and coaches feel that they need to be challenged on the biggest stage possible, then they could choose the H-Bowl.
Would you be excited by a Ball State-Boise State game in the H-Bowl?
Name the Score contest
OK, it's time for the weekly Name the Score contest — Boise State vs. Fresno State, Senior Day-style.
Here are the rules for the newcomers:
Boise State hosts Fresno State on Friday, and here is your chance to predict the score and win a $20 gift certificate from Domino's Pizza.
Place your guesses in the comments down below and we will pick two winners.
Closest to the actual score of the game wins.
All entries must be received by 3 p.m. MST Friday.
When you register to make comments at IdahoStatesman.com, you put in an e-mail address. I will contact the winner through that e-mail address.
If it comes down to tiebreakers, closest to Boise State's actual score, closest without going over and then first received will be the tie-breaking order.