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How did EMU’s 2011 opponents do in week 1?

September 5, 2011

This year I’m stealing an idea from the Buffalo blog, Bull Run, and giving a weekly run-down of how EMU’s opponents are doing. EMU’s opponents went 7-5 this week. Most of the games were about as expected, but there were a few noteworthy surprises.

Team W L Total % Conf W L Conf % Last Next
Howard 0 1 0% MEAC 0 0 N/A Lost 41-9 at EMU Vs. Morehouse
Alabama State 1 0 100% SWAC 1 0 100% Won 41-9 at Mississippi Valley State At EMU
Michigan 1 0 100% Big Ten 0 0 N/A Won 34-10 vs. Western Michigan Vs. Notre Dame
Penn State 1 0 100% Big Ten 0 0 N/A Won 41-7 vs. Indiana State Vs. Alabama
Akron 0 1 0% MAC 0 1 N/A Lost 42-0 at Ohio State Vs. Temple
Toledo 1 0 100% MAC 0 0 N/A Won 58-22 vs. New Hampshire At Ohio State
Central Michigan 1 0 100% MAC 0 0 N/A Won 21-6 vs. South Carolina State At Kentucky
Western Michigan 0 1 0% MAC 0 0 N/A Lost 34-10 at Michigan Vs. Nicholls
Ball State 1 0 100% MAC 0 0 N/A Won 27-20 at Indiana At South Florida
Buffalo 0 1 0% MAC 0 0 N/A Lost 35-16 at Pittsburgh Vs. Stony Brook
Kent State 0 1 0% MAC 0 0 N/A Lost 48-7 at Alabama Vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Northern Illinois 1 0 100% MAC 0 0 N/A Won 49-26 vs. Army At Kansas
Total 7 5 58% 1 0 100%
Past 0 1 0% 0 0 N/A
Upcoming 7 4 64% 1 0 100%

Obviously Howard lost to EMU yesterday — we’ve written plenty about that. EMU’s next opponent, Alabama State, won a conference game by the same margin, beating Mississippi Valley State 41-9. Alabama State was expected to field a pretty good team this year, but that’s an impressive victory for a conference game.

Two EMU opponents played each other, and although Western Michigan’s offense started strong, Michigan gradually took over the game, winning 34-10 in about three quarters of play before the athletic directors ended the game. Penn State, Toledo, and Central Michigan faced FCS foes, and although I didn’t see any of those games, Penn State and Toledo won convincingly, while Central Michigan struggled to put away South Carolina State.

Akron’s football team couldn’t even manage a field goal, as they were shut out 42-0 by Ohio State. Kent State a least managed a touchdown at Alabama. Northern Illinois absolutely dominated a respectable Army squad, while Buffalo still hasn’t found an offense.

The win of the week, both for the MAC and among EMU’s opponents, was Ball State, who “hosted” Indiana at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and managed to register their second all-time win over an AQ opponent — the first was also over the Hoosiers, in 2008. Regular readers know how little regard I have for the Cardinals, and Indiana may be a bad team, but they’re still a Big Ten team, and any MAC program that finds a way to beat a Big Ten team deserves some respect.

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