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How did EMU’s 2011 opponents do in week 5?

October 3, 2011

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
Total 30 30 50% 11 8 58%
Past 16 9 64% 7 4 64%
Upcoming 14 21 40% 4 4 50%

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)

Of course, Akron lost to EMU, and we already talked about that and looked at the pretty pictures.

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.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 4, 2011 1:20 am

    Do you know how easy it is to get tickets at Toledo?

    • October 4, 2011 5:55 am

      Not too hard, I think. The Glass Bowl has a listed capacity over 26,000, and they’ve only hit it once in recent years (attendance for the Boise State game was over 28,000) and came close when they hosted Arizona last year. Most games draw about 15-20,000. So not an empty stadium like EMU, but not sold out.

  2. Kenneth Barna permalink
    October 4, 2011 8:56 am

    Dear cmadler,
    Yes, I would think that Northern Illinois could be this years pretender. By that, I mean they were supposed to challenge for the MAC West, but giving up 40 points a game, does not bode well for your defense.
    They can score bushels of points too, but can they do that in every game?

  3. October 6, 2011 4:09 pm

    Well, I don’t have to worry about buying tickets….so we should have some good field pics.

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