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January 05, 2008|PETER YOON

* Who: Rutgers (7-5, tied for fifth Big East) vs. Ball State (7-5, second Mid-American West).

* Where, when: At Toronto, 9 a.m., ESPN 2.

* Story line: Rutgers cracked the national top 10 after Week 4, but then lost four of its next six. They still have a solid defense that ranks No. 2 in the nation against the pass at 160.6 yards a game. Ray Rice is the third-leading rusher in the nation with 1,732 yards and 20 touchdowns. Ball State is in a bowl game for the first time since 1996. The Cardinals have only 10 turnovers this season -- fewest in the nation -- but their defense is vulnerable to the run, giving up 197 yards a game. Quarterback Nate Davis has passed for 27 touchdowns and has had only six passes intercepted.

* Top players: Ray Rice (RB, Rutgers, Jr.), Mike Teel (QB, Rutgers, Jr.), Kenny Britt (WR, Rutgers, So.), Nate Davis (QB, Ball State, So.), Dante Love (WR, Ball State, Jr.).

-- Peter Yoon

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