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How did EMU’s 2011 opponents do in week 2?

September 12, 2011

EMU’s opponents went 4-8 this week. Most of the games were about as expected, though as always, there were a couple surprises.

Team W L Total % Conf W L Conf % Last Next
Howard 1 1 50% MEAC 0 0 N/A Won 30-27 at Morehouse Vs. Norfolk State
Alabama State 1 1 50% SWAC 1 0 100% Lost 14-7 at EMU Vs. Grambling State
Michigan 2 0 100% Big Ten 0 0 N/A Won 34-31 vs. Notre Dame Vs. EMU
Penn State 1 1 50% Big Ten 0 0 N/A Lost 27-11 vs. Alabama At Temple
Akron 0 2 0% MAC 0 1 N/A Lost 41-3 vs. Temple At Cincinnati
Toledo 1 1 50% MAC 0 0 N/A Lost 27-22 at Ohio State Vs. Boise State
Central Michigan 1 1 50% MAC 0 0 N/A Lost 27-13 at Kentucky At Western Michigan
Western Michigan 1 1 50% MAC 0 0 N/A Won 38-7 vs. Nicholls Vs. Central Michigan
Ball State 1 1 50% MAC 0 0 N/A Lost 37-7 at South Florida Vs. Buffalo
Buffalo 1 1 50% MAC 0 0 N/A Won 35-7 vs. Stony Brook At Ball State
Kent State 0 2 0% MAC 0 0 N/A Lost 20-12 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette At Kansas State
Northern Illinois 1 1 50% MAC 0 0 N/A Lost 45-42 at Kansas Vs. Wisconsin
Total 11 13 46% 1 1 50%
Past 2 2 50% 1 0 100%
Upcoming 9 11 45% 0 1 0%

EMU’s week 1 opponent, the Howard Bison, narrowly defeated Morehouse, a Division II team. Barely beating a team from a lower division will not help you any, and Howard remains near the bottom of comprehensive FCS rankings. Next week they host Norfolk State. Alabama State obviously lost to EMU — we’re done writing about that mess of a game — and next week they’ll host Grambling State.

Michigan, EMU’s next opponent, squeaked past Notre Dame in an ugly game.

Penn State lost, not embarrassingly, but badly, at home to Alabama. Next weekend the Nittany Lions will travel to Philadelphia to face Temple. The Owls consider it a “rivalry”, but as Michigan fans said of Michigan State just a few years ago, it’s not a rivalry if one team always wins. (Oops! The Spartans probably have that posted in their locker room right next to Mike Hart’s “little brother” comment.)

Akron’s football team was outscored by their soccer team for the second weekend in a row. The Zips, who are in the running for worst team in the nation, have been outscored 83-3 so far this year, in games against Ohio State and Temple. Things won’t get any easier for them when they travel to Cincinnati this weekend; Butch Jones knows how to beat the Zips.

Toledo had the chance to make a huge statement on behalf of the MAC, coming oh-so-close to upsetting #15 Ohio State in the Horseshoe, but falling just short. I didn’t watch the game because, you know, I was at the EMU game at the time, but apparently Toledo shot themselves in the foot with penalty after penalty.

Central Michigan also had a shot at a road win, as Kentucky didn’t manage to take a lead until the last minute of the third quarter, but in the end the Wildcats proved too much. I’ll caution Chippewa fans about getting too excited about this, however, as Kentucky looks like they’re headed for about 6-6 at best. Ball State also came up short on the road — short by a lot, since they were never really in the game — losing at South Florida 37-7.

Western Michigan and Buffalo both had big wins over FCS teams, which tells us very little about the quality of these teams. We’ll know a lot more in a week, since Saturday will bring the first matchups between EMU foes: two such matchups, in fact. Central Michigan will play at Western Michigan for the Victory Cannon and the first leg of the Michigan MAC Trophy, while Buffalo will host Ball State.

Kent State lost at Louisiana-Lafayette. The Golden Flashes are scheduled for another loss, not nearly as close, next week at Kansas State. I said from day one that I thought Darrell Hazell would have a rough start, and he certainly seems to be.

In the other big MAC vs. AQ game — the one many people picked the MAC to win — Northern Illinois came up just short at Kansas. Mike Breese has some good thoughts about that at Red and Black Attack. Next week Dave Doeren takes the Huskies to face his old team, the Wisconsin Badgers, who are looking like the team to beat in the Big (12) Ten.

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