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How did EMU’s opponents do in week 10?

November 7, 2011
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EMU’s opponents went 5-4 this week. Penn State, Western Michigan, and Buffalo were off, although Western Michigan was only semi-off, since they’re prepping for a Tuesday night game at Toledo. Two games matched up a past EMU opponent against a future EMU opponent.

Team W L Total % Conf W L Conf % Last Next Sag
Howard 5 5 50% MEAC 4 3 57% Won 10-7 at Hampton Bye (at Delaware State) 40.67
Alabama State 7 2 78% SWAC 7 1 88% Won 28-12 at Arkansas-Pine Bluff Vs Southern 45.84
Michigan 7 2 78% Big Ten 3 2 60% Lost 24-16 at Iowa At Illinois 80.58
Penn State 8 1 89% Big Ten 5 0 100% Bye (won 10-7 vs Illinois) Vs Nebraska 83.09
Akron 1 8 11% MAC 0 5 0% Lost 35-3 at Miami Vs Kent State 45.67
Toledo 5 4 56% MAC 4 1 80% Lost 63-60 vs Northern Illinois Vs Western Michigan 73.28
Central Michigan 3 7 30% MAC 2 4 33% Lost 24-21 at Kent State Vs Ohio 57.48
Western Michigan 5 4 56% MAC 3 2 60% Bye (won 45-35 vs Ball State) At Toledo 68.21
Ball State 6 4 60% MAC 4 2 67% Won 33-31 at EMU Bye (at Northern Illinois) 63.50
Buffalo 2 7 22% MAC 1 4 20% Bye (lost 41-13 at Miami) At EMU 57.87
Kent State 3 6 33% MAC 2 3 40% Won 24-21 vs Central Michigan At Akron 57.67
Northern Illinois 6 3 67% MAC 4 1 80% Won 63-60 at Toledo At Bowling Green 69.86
Total 58 53 52% 39 28 58%
Past 47 37 56% 32 20 62%
Upcoming 11 16 41% 7 8 47%

Howard beat fellow midlevel-MEAC team Hampton. The Bison now have a bye week to prepare for their final game of the season, against the very beatable Delaware State (2-7; 0-6 MEAC). With a win in their final game, Howard would secure their first winning season since 2004.

Alabama State continues to contend for the SWAC East title. With their win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the Hornets retain a half-game lead over Alabama A&M. State will have to beat Southern (3-6; 3-4 SWAC) this weekend and hope that A&M loses one of their remaining games. That’s not an unreasonable hope, since the Bulldogs will host Jackson State (7-2; 5-2 SWAC) and then travel to Prairie View A&M (4-5; 4-3 SWAC), the latter of which is fighting for the SWAC West title.

Michigan lost at Iowa, probably ending their B1G Legends title hopes, and also probably ending any at-large BCS hopes they might have had. The Wolverines would now need to win out (at Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio State), and have Michigan State lose twice (at Iowa, Indiana, at Northwestern), and have Iowa lose once (Michigan State, at Purdue, at Nebraska). Not saying it’s not going to happen, but it seems pretty unlikely. Following the loss, Michigan dropped in the rankings, and is now at #22 in the AP, #21 in the Coaches’ Poll, and #24 in the BCS.

Penn State is coming off a bye week, and leads the B1G Leaders division as the only unbeaten team in conference play, with Ohio State and Wisconsin each two games back. The complicating factor is that the Nittany Lions have yet to face either the Buckeyes or the Badgers. What that means is that Penn State needs to win two — any two — of their three remaining games to secure a division title. Those three games are Nebraska, at Ohio State, and at Wisconsin. Yikes! The Nittany Lions are #12 in all three rankings.

Just when you thought they were on the verge of putting together a complete game — OK, I thought it, I won’t put that on you — Akron got hammered at Miami. The Zips managed just 201 yards of total offense, and they offset that themselves with two turnovers. Meanwhile their opponent, Miami, has recovered from an 0-4 start to move into a tie atop the MAC East Division, with games remaining at Temple and at Ohio. Akron, on the other hand, heads into their rivalry game, the Wagon Wheel, hosting a resurgent Kent State team that’s won back-to-back games.

In the MAC West Division Semi-Final Game of the Century of the Year of the Week, Toledo and Northern Illinois left their defenses — well, let’s just say the defenses didn’t show up. If you’re a fan of 11-on-0 football, if you thought the Alabama-LSU game was an abomination, you would have loved this one. 1,121 yards of offense. 60 first downs. 123 total points. That’s more than two teams (Florida Atlantic and New Mexico) have scored all season, and nearly as many points as Kent State has managed. In the end, the time just ran out on Toledo, and the Huskies moved up into a tie, while holding the tie-breaker, for the division lead. Each team plays again this Tuesday, Toledo staying home against Western Michigan (who had a semi-bye to prepare), Northern Illinois traveling to Bowling Green.

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