2010 football in review: EMU’s opponents
As we continue our review of EMU’s 2010 football season, let’s consider schedule strength and take a look at how each of EMU’s opponents fared. Keep in mind that Army still has one regular-season game left to play; the Army-Navy game will be played this Saturday.
I’ve excluded FCS teams from the Sagarin ranking given here, to make it easier to compare with the other two rankings.
|EMU||–||2-10 (2-6 MAC)||MAC||10||118||112||115|
|@Miami University||21-28||9-4 (7-1 MAC)||MAC champion||1||80||44||54|
|Central Michigan||14-52||3-9 (2-6 MAC)||MAC||9||103||106||104|
|@Ohio State||20-73||11-1 (7-1 Big Ten)||Big Ten co-champion||1 (t)||11||6||6|
|Ohio||17-30||8-4 (6-2 MAC)||MAC East runner-up||4||78||51||62|
|@Vanderbilt||6-52||2-10 (1-7 SEC)||SEC||12||98||105||110|
|@Ball State||41-38 OT||4-8 (3-5 MAC)||MAC||8||108||95||102|
|@Virginia||21-48||4-8 (1-7 ACC)||ACC||10||82||93||88|
|Toledo||7-42||8-4 (7-1 MAC)||MAC West runner-up||3||73||58||71|
|@Western Michigan||30-45||6-6 (5-3 MAC)||MAC||6||84||76||92|
|@Buffalo||21-17||2-10 (1-7 MAC)||MAC||11 (t)||119||117||117|
|Northern Illinois||3-71||10-3 (8-0 MAC)||MAC West champion||2||56||41||29|
Looked at this way, retrospectively, the most surprising thing is that the Eagles played as well as they did against Miami, and as poorly as they did against Central Michigan and Vanderbilt.
Five of EMU’s opponents received bowl bids, and six were bowl eligible. Western Michigan, at 6-6, did not receive an invitation, and given that someone had to be left out, it’s hard to argue with that choice. In addition to Big (11) Ten co-champion Ohio State, the Eagles played the top four MAC teams: West champion Northern Illinois, West runner-up Toledo, MAC champion Miami, and East runner-up Ohio.