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How did EMU’s 2011 opponents do in week 3?

September 19, 2011

EMU’s opponents went 5-7 this week. Two of those wins (Western Michigan, Ball State) came over other future EMU opponents (Central Michigan, Buffalo), and of course one (Michigan) came over the Eagles.

Team W L Total % Conf W L Conf % Last Next
Howard 1 2 33% MEAC 0 1 0% Lost 9-23 vs. Norfolk State Vs. Morgan State
Alabama State 2 1 67% SWAC 2 0 100% Won 31-7 vs. Grambling State At Jackson State
Michigan 3 0 100% Big Ten 0 0 N/A Won 31-3 vs. EMU Vs. San Diego State
Penn State 2 1 67% Big Ten 0 0 N/A Won 14-10 at Temple Vs. EMU
Akron 0 3 0% MAC 0 1 N/A Lost 59-14 at Cincinnati Vs. Virginia Military Institute
Toledo 1 2 33% MAC 0 0 N/A Lost 40-15 vs. Boise State At Syracuse
Central Michigan 1 2 33% MAC 0 1 0% Lost 44-14 at Western Michigan At Michigan State
Western Michigan 2 1 67% MAC 1 0 100% Won 44-14 vs. Central Michigan At Illinois
Ball State 2 1 67% MAC 1 0 100% Won 28-25 vs. Buffalo Vs. Army
Buffalo 1 2 33% MAC 0 1 0% Lost 28-25 at Ball State Vs. Connecticut
Kent State 0 3 0% MAC 0 0 N/A Lost 37-0 at Kansas State Vs. South Alabama
Northern Illinois 1 2 33% MAC 0 0 N/A Lost 49-7 vs. Wisconsin Vs. Cal Poly
Total 16 20 44% 4 4 50%
Past 6 3 67% 2 0 100%
Upcoming 10 17 37% 0 1 0%

Howard remains winless in Division I games — their sole win came over Division II Morehouse — which confirms what everyone suspected: the Bison remain one of the worst Division I teams. Alabama State, with a solid win over Grambling, looks to again be in the running in the SWAC. We’ll know more this weekend, because they’ll face Jackson State, who looks to be their top opponent in the East Division.

Michigan, of course, beat EMU, and they entered the top-25, at #22, based on that win.

Penn State squeaked past Temple with a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, pushing their streak in the “rivalry” to 29 games.

Akron got creamed by Cincinnati, but with two touchdowns, they did manage to outscore the Zips’ men’s soccer team (one goal each in two games) for the first weekend this fall. Kent State also continued to struggle offensively; after being shut out by Kansas State, the Golden Flashes are averaging just over 6 points per game so far.

Toledo got the return game for their trip to Boise State last year, and got picked apart by the #4 Broncos in front of a sellout crowd of nealry 29,000 fans. Kellen Moore threw for 455 yards and five touchdowns against the Rockets. Meanwhile Western Michigan showed why some people think they can challenge Northern Illinois and Toledo for a MAC West Division title, easily handling Central Michigan, ending the Chippewas’ five-game streak in the Victory Cannon series. Northern Illinois also lost badly to a big-time opponent, falling 49-7 to the #7 Wisconsin Badgers.

Neither Ball State nor Buffalo looks particularly good this year, but Buffalo continues to be a little bit worse. The Bulls scored 25 points in the loss, which is their second-highest total in an FBS game under Jeff Quinn (they scored 28 against Bowling Green last October).

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kenneth Barna permalink
    September 19, 2011 10:26 am

    Dear cmadler,
    I thought Eastern played very well in the first half, against Michigan, but when teams start to load up on the line of scrimmage, or blitz, Eastern should have called a screen pass, or a short dump pass to the tight end, to try and stop that activity.
    I also don’t like those dives into the line, on goal line stands. Why not fake the dive, and go outside? I know, coaches as a whole, think they should be able to pound it in there, but to me, you should use some finesse some of the time. Don’t always do what everyone does, or think you are going to do.

    • September 19, 2011 10:50 am

      Yeah, I liked the aggressiveness in going for it, but I would have liked to see them run to the outside, or even try a short pass on one of those attempts.

  2. September 19, 2011 12:09 pm

    Given in the way Eastern’s line was playing based on the fact that Gillett was running for his life most of the game, you would think they would have tried a sweep or something. I didn’t really get a good vantage point on that drive as I was at the other end of the field but my dad said that Eastern started the leap at about the 4 yard line.

    But for the most part, I think Eastern looked pretty good on the running game. They seemed to be moving the ball well for the most part. The kick returns looked pretty good as well. So we’ll see.

    They might have a shot against the Nittany Lions….

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