The Ball State Cardinals football team competes in Division IFootball Bowl Subdivision and the Mid-American Conference. The current head coach is Stan Parrish. The Cardinals play at Scheumann Stadium. On October 5, 2008, Ball State was ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time in team history, and reached a ranking as high as 12th in the nation during the course of the season.Ball State completed their 2008 regular season games with a record of 12-1 and a conference record of 8-1. They won the MAC West Division Championship before falling to Buffalo in the MAC Championship at Ford Field in Detroit. Shortly after the departure of the head coach, Brady Hoke, Ball State lost to Tulsa University in the GMAC Bowl on January 6, 2009 by a score of 45-13.