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