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2010 football in review: EMU’s opponents

December 9, 2010

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
Opponent Score Record Conf Conf rank Sag PSR Riv
Army 27-31 6-5 81 64 72
@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.

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