How did EMU’s opponents do in week 8?
EMU’s opponents went 5-4 this week. Alabama State, Michigan, and Kent State were off. Two games paired up EMU opponents (Central Michigan at Ball State and Northern Illinois at Buffalo), and of course, EMU beat Western Michigan, so only one of those losses really affects EMU’s schedule strength.
|Team||W||L||Total %||Conf||W||L||Conf %||Last||Next||Sag|
|Howard||4||4||50%||MEAC||3||2||60%||Won 35-28 vs North Carolina A&T||Vs South Carolina State||42.94|
|Alabama State||6||1||86%||SWAC||6||0||100%||Bye (won 20-7 vs Prairie View A&M)||Vs Alabama A&M||52.18|
|Michigan||6||1||86%||Big Ten||2||1||67%||Bye (lost 28-14 at Michigan State)||Vs Purdue||84.31|
|Penn State||7||1||88%||Big Ten||4||0||100%||Won 34-24 at Northwestern||Vs Illinois||82.28|
|Akron||1||6||14%||MAC||0||3||0%||Lost 37-20 vs Ohio||Vs Central Michigan||48.76|
|Toledo||5||3||63%||MAC||4||0||100%||Won 49-28 vs Miami||Bye (vs Northern Illinois)||78.74|
|Central Michigan||2||6||25%||MAC||1||3||25%||Lost 31-27 at Ball State||At Akron||58.45|
|Western Michigan||4||4||50%||MAC||2||2||50%||Lost 14-10 at EMU||Vs Ball State||68.57|
|Ball State||5||3||63%||MAC||3||1||75%||Won 31-27 vs Central Michigan||At Western Michigan||62.95|
|Buffalo||2||6||25%||MAC||1||3||25%||Lost 31-30 vs Northern Illinois||At Miami||58.20|
|Kent State||1||6||14%||MAC||0||3||0%||Bye (lost 9-3 vs Miami)||Vs Bowling Green||51.86|
|Northern Illinois||5||3||63%||MAC||3||1||75%||Won 31-30 at Buffalo||Bye (at Toledo)||67.86|
Howard, EMU’s weakest opponent of the year (though Akron may yet pass them), managed another win this weekend, over a pretty good North Carolina A&T team, and the Bison are now at .500 overall and have a winning record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Alabama State, Michigan, and Kent State took the week off, despite which Michigan rose a spot to 17th in the AP poll (that’s the Michigan Difference). Not only did the Wolverines get an extra week to let their loss to Michigan State sink in, but then they got to watch the Spartans upset Wisconsin and sneak into the top 10 (#9 AP, #10 USA Today, #11 BCS).
Penn State won at Northwestern and moved up in the polls. The Nittany Lions are now #21 AP, #19 USA Today, #19 BCS. They also now top the B1G Leaders Division (should that be “Leaders’ Division”?), with a 1 1/2 game lead over Wisconsin and Purdue. (Black Shoe Diaries: Penn State Beats Northwestern 34-24)
I had hopes for Akron, particularly given Ohio’s recent performance, but the Zips disappointed. They’ll get another chance this weekend when they host a (let’s face it) bad Central Michigan team. I really do think that Akron is going to find a way to win a game or two before long; their next four opponents are a combined 7-23 this year, and Akron just seems like they’re in about the same place EMU was last year.
After a close call in the Battle for the Promissory Note for the Trophy of the Battle of I-75, Toledo returned to form and mercilessly crushed the defending MAC Champion Miami RedHawks. After catching fire in the second half against Western Michigan last week, Northern Illinois went the other direction and barely managed to beat Buffalo. Next up, the teams trade opponents. The Bulls will travel to Miami this Saturday. The Rockets and Huskies technically have a bye this week, heading into a Tuesday night showdown at the Glass Bowl. In fact, neither team has any Saturday games remaining; Toledo has two Tuesday and two Friday games while the Huskies will play three Tuesday games before hosting EMU the Friday after Thanksgiving. (Let’s Go Rockets: Rockets dominate RedHawks, Rockets ground RedHawks 49-28; Red and Black Attack: Northern Illinois barely gets by the Buffalo Bulls 31-30; Bull Run: Buffalo loses to NIU, I still eat crow)
Finally, Ball State edged out Central Michigan in Muncie. Encouraging thought: Ball State beat the Chippewas by 4 at home, while EMU beat them by 7 in Mount Pleasant. Transitively, EMU is better. You know how much that’s worth… (Over The Pylon: Ball State 31 Central Michigan 27)