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How did EMU’s opponents do in week 12?

November 21, 2011
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EMU’s opponents went 7-4 this week, while Alabama State was off. Two games matched up former EMU opponents, and one matched a former against a future EMU opponent.

Team W L Total % Conf W L Conf % Last Next Sag
Howard 5 6 45% MEAC 4 4 50% Lost 39-36 at Delaware State N/A 37.05
Alabama State 7 3 70% SWAC 7 2 78% Bye (lost 26-23 vs Southern) Vs Tuskegee 41.10
Michigan 9 2 82% Big Ten 6 2 75% Won 45-17 vs Nebraska Vs Ohio State 85.70
Penn State 9 2 82% Big Ten 6 1 86% Won 20-14 at Ohio State At Wisconsin 82.12
Akron 1 10 9% MAC 0 7 0% Lost 51-10 at Buffalo At Western Michigan 41.59
Toledo 7 4 64% MAC 6 1 86% Won 44-17 at Central Michigan At Ball State 73.35
Central Michigan 3 9 25% MAC 2 6 25% Lost 44-17 vs Toledo N/A 55.44
Western Michigan 6 5 55% MAC 4 3 57% Won 24-21 at Miami Vs Akron 67.91
Ball State 6 5 55% MAC 4 3 57% Lost 41-38 at Northern Illinois Vs Toledo 63.16
Buffalo 3 8 27% MAC 2 5 29% Won 51-10 vs Akron Vs Bowling Green 56.56
Kent State 5 6 45% MAC 4 3 57% Won 28-22 vs EMU At Temple 59.06
Northern Illinois 8 3 73% MAC 6 1 86% Won 41-38 vs Ball State Vs EMU 71.43
Total 69 64 52% 51 38 57%
Past 61 61 50% 45 37 55%
Upcoming 8 3 73% 6 1 86%

 Coming off a late-season bye week and facing a very beatable Delaware State team, Howard had a shot at their first winning season in several years. The Bison held a 12-point lead early in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t close out, giving up two unanswered fourth-quarter touchdowns to end the season.

Alabama State had the week off, in preparation for their final game against Tuskegee (Division II). However, their in-state division rival Alabama A&M secured the SWAC East title on a three-way tie-breaker. It’s got to be a disappointing finish for the Hornets, who lost just two SWAC games by a total of four points — a win in either game would have given the division title to Alabama State.

Michigan easily routed Nebraska, and in so doing, gave Michigan State the inaugural Legends Division title. Michigan will finish their season with a traditional, but meaningless, game against Ohio State. The Wolverines are ranked #17 by the AP, #16 in the Coaches’ poll, and #15 in the BCS ranking. (MGoBlog:”This Is Michigan; This Isn’t Michigan“)

On the other side of the B1G, Penn State beat Ohio State in a meaningless game that never seemed quite as close as the final score would suggest. The Leaders Division will come down to this weekend’s Penn State game at Wisconsin. With a win at Camp Randall Stadium, the Nittany Lions will face their former “rival” (the Land Grant Trophy), Michigan State. Penn State is now ranked #20 by the AP and #19 by the coaches and the BCS ranking. (Black Shoe Diaries: “Penn State 20, Ohio State 14“)

After logging several near-wins, Akron now seems to be regressing. I don’t know what else to make of their last three games, which they’ve lost by a total of 121-16 to the likes of Miami, Kent State, and Buffalo. I still think it should take something worse than just losing games to get a new head coach fired after just two seasons, and it certainly seems like Akron has some young talent that could win them several games next year, but if ever there was a second-year coach on the hot seat, it’s Rob Ianello.

With Western Michigan’s win, six MAC teams (Ohio, Temple, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Western Michigan, and Ball State) are bowl eligible, while two more (EMU and Kent State) theoretically can get there. Unfortunately, it is now clear that there are going to be a lot more bowl eligible teams than spots available, and usually, it’s teams from the MAC that get left out.

Toledo and Northern Illinois continue to power their way through the schedule, looking as though they’re easily the strongest teams in the MAC. Unfortunately for the Huskies (or the Rockets, if EMU manages to win this Friday), the history of the MAC Championship game is littered with “strongest” teams that dominated the regular season — just ask the 2008 Ball State team about that.

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  1. November 21, 2011 11:46 pm

    I think that in order for EMU to have gone to a bowl game, they needed to beat Ball State and Kent State. And even if they had done that, I don’t think a bowl game would have been guaranteed unless they beat NIU. While it would be nice if they beat NIU this weekend, I don’t think that will get them to a bowl game. There is no way that 7 teams from the MAC would go to bowl games. I think the most I’ve ever seen in a season was 3.

    That being said, I think EMU had a good season this year and it bodes well for next year.

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