How did EMU’s 2011 opponents do in week 5?
EMU’s opponents went 7-5 this week. There was one matchup of future foes, as Central Michigan surprised Northern Illinois, 48-41, and of course, Akron lost at EMU.
|Team||W||L||Total %||Conf||W||L||Conf %||Last||Next|
|Howard||2||3||40%||MEAC||1||2||33%||Won 34-14 at Savannah State||At Florida A&M|
|Alabama State||4||1||80%||SWAC||4||0||100%||Won 31-23 vs Alcorn State||At Texas Southern|
|Michigan||5||0||100%||Big Ten||1||0||100%||Won 58-0 vs Minnesota||At Northwestern|
|Penn State||4||1||80%||Big Ten||1||0||100%||Won 16-10 at Indiana||Vs Iowa|
|Akron||1||4||20%||MAC||0||2||0%||Lost 31-23 at EMU||Vs Florida International|
|Toledo||2||3||40%||MAC||1||0||100%||Won 36-13 at Temple||Vs EMU|
|Central Michigan||2||3||40%||MAC||1||1||0%||Won 48-41 vs Northern Illinois||At North Carolina State|
|Western Michigan||3||2||60%||MAC||1||0||100%||Won 38-31 at Connecticut||Vs Bowling Green|
|Ball State||3||2||60%||MAC||1||0||100%||Lost 62-6 at Oklahoma||Vs Temple|
|Buffalo||1||4||20%||MAC||0||1||0%||Lost 41-10 at Tennessee||Vs Ohio|
|Kent State||1||4||20%||MAC||0||1||0%||Lost 17-10 at Ohio||At Northern Illinois|
|Northern Illinois||2||3||40%||MAC||0||1||0%||Lost 48-41 at Central Michigan||Vs Kent State|
Howard finally won a Division I game — a road game in their conference no less! — with a comfortable win over Savannah State, also a terrible team. Alabama State continues to look good, beating Alcorn State to remain the only undefeated team in the Southwestern Conference. The Hornets are now a game-and-a-half ahead of Jackson State in the East Division, and a game ahead of Prairie View A&M in the overall standings.
Michigan trounced Minnesota, 58-0, in their Big (12) Ten opener. The Wolverines are now ranked #12 as the prepare to leave Ann Arbor for the first time this year, to play at Northwestern. (MGoBlog: Video Of All Varieties: Minnesota) Penn State squeaked past Indiana, but I guess a win’s a win, right? (Black Shoe Diaries: Uninspired Penn State Limps Past Indiana)
After struggling through a tough non-conference schedule, in which they nearly beat Ohio State and would have beat Syracuse if the replay official hadn’t been blind, Toledo dug down and smacked around a Temple team that had looked very good up to that point. (Let’s Go Rockets: Week in Review)
This week saw a single matchup of future foes, and it became very clear that Northern Illinois’s defense is broken. The Huskies are currently #116 in scoring defense and last in the MAC, allowing nearly 40 points per game and more rushing yards than any other team in the nation. (The Chip Report: NIU @ CMU: Postgame, Basking in the NIU Postgame Glory; Red and Black Attack: NIU 41, CMU 48: Picking up the Pieces)
Western Michigan quarterback Alex Carder exploded for 479 yards and five touchdowns, while the Broncos gained all of 11 yards rushing. Call them the anti-EMU. (Hustle Belt: Western Michigan Squeaks By UConn)
There’s not much to say about Ball State’s game. Oklahoma is contending for a national championship and Ball State looks like a mid-level MAC team this year. When the talent difference is that extreme (see: EMU at Ohio State last year), there’s just not that much you can take away. (Over The Pylon: Oklahoma 62, Ball State 6: What We Learned) Ditto for Buffalo at Tennessee, except that it was a low-level MAC team against a mid-level SEC team. (Bull Run: UB vs UT Game Thoughts)
Finally, Kent State lost a MAC East Division matchup with Ohio, but I think it was probably closer than a lot of people expected. Has the Solich collapse started early this year, or are the Golden Flashes improving? If I were a gambler, I’d bet on the former before the latter.