Every week Bull Run takes a look at how each of the teams we have, or will, play this season did during the past week.
|Rhode Island||169||3||2||2||CAA||1||0||W: 27-24 Brown|
|Baylor||38||17||4||1||Big12||1||0||W: 55-7 Kansas|
|Connecticut||57||8||3||2||BigEast||0||0||W: 40-21 Vandy|
|Bowling Green||106||-12||1||4||MAC||0||1||L: 28-26 Buffalo|
|N. Illinois||85||4||3||2||MAC||1||0||W: 50-14 Akron|
|Temple||56||-6||4||1||MAC||1||0||W: 42-35 Army|
|Miami (OH)||94||1||3||2||MAC||2||0||W: 27-21 Kent|
|Ohio||103||4||2||3||MAC||1||1||W: 30-17 EMU|
|Ball State||121||31||2||3||MAC||1||0||W: 31-17 CMU|
|E. Michigan||174||-14||0||5||MAC||0||3||L: 30-17 Ohio|
|Akron||189||-14||0||5||MAC||0||1||L: 50-14 NIU|
Game notes after the Jump
Rhode Island: Ram's double their 2009 Win total with an OT win over Brown
|Final - 10.2.2010||1||2||3||4||OT||Total|
The Rhode Island Rams, for the third week in a row, have been in a game that was decided by a field goal or less. They have won the last two of those games over Ranked UNH and now over Ivy leading Brown. The Rams were picked to finish dead last in CAA , and there was not a whole lot of hope they would be able to beat anyone but second year Coach Joe Trainer and his squad are making a little noise this season.
Quarterback Steve Probst rushed for three touchdowns, including the 25-yard overtime scamper that sealed the game for Rhode Island. With the win Rhode Island won the 95th Governors cup.
What's next? a CAA match up with William and Mary who dispatched Villinova earlier this season.
Baylor: Baylor reintroduces Turner Gill to the Big-12, Texas Style.
Well Georgia Tech feels like crap about this game but UB fans should take some comfort. Baylor abused a rebuilding Big12 team even worse than they Did Buffalo. This is the most dominant Big 21 conference game that Baylor has ever won.
Griffen threw for a career hish 380 yards, and three touchdowns as the Bears, now 4-1, finished up the 'easy' part of their schedule.
Whats Next? A winnable game against Texas Tech would get Baylor off to a 5-1 start and put them in position to crack Bowl eligibility for the first time in more than a decade.
UCF: Bye Game
Whats Next? Conference Game Against UAB
UConn: Huskies extend SEC winning streak to two games.
Speaking of trying to feel better about one of our poorer performances in recent memory how about those Huskies. After struggling in the first half, again, they pulled away from Vandy. Eventually they are going to run up against a team that plays both halves of football.
Jordan Todman, who carried the ball 37 times for 190 yards, has now rushed for over 100 yards in seven of his last eight games.
While Vandy is by no means a power club they are far better than anyone believed possible when they got hit with coaching chaos this summer. With the Win UConn is 3-2 heading into conference play.
Up Next? Conference play against Rutgers
Northern Illinois: Easy win over a zips team that insisted on celebrating their MAC Championship
Every fan has 'that game', the one game that they would change above all others and usually that game has one play. For me the Game is the first Bills Superbowl and the play is a Giants 3rd and forever late in the fourth where they ran for 20 something yards. For most NIU fans it's got to be The lsat Akron pass of the 2005 MAC Championship game.
Akron decided to try and generate some excitement during homecoming by commemorating that victory. The problem is that this is not the 2005 Akron team, more like the 2005 Buffalo team and NIU, while not as good as they were in 2005 they are still a top three team in the conference.
Chandler Harnish put MAC defenses on Notice that he can beat you with his feet or his arm. While Harnish has done a ton of damage throughout his career running the ball Akron's defense begged to be passed one, and Harnish lit up the Zips for three touchdowns and 281 yards.
Next up? Maybe the conference game of the year against Temple
Temple: Bernard who? Matt Brown and the Owls come back big on Army
Most people had temple pencilled in as the team to beat in the MAC this season, of course with Bernard Pierce being somewhat injury prone nobody would put ink down until they showed how they would handle themselves without BP.
Matt Brown has been amazing this year, his numbers are eerily similar to Pierce despite the fact they are physically different backs.
|Matt Brown||68||384||5.6||42 (TD)||5|
Temple's offense is all about the O-Line at this point, if you can solve them you can solve the Owls, but there are not too many viable Candidates out there with a shot at solving Temple's line.
Up Next? Possible MAC Championship preview against NIU.
Miami: RedHawks no Flash in the pan
|Final - 10.2.2010||1||2||3||4||Total|
|Kent St. Golden Flashes||7||7||0||7||21|
|Miami (Ohio) RedHawks||3||7||0||17||27|
The haws continue to creep their way up in the MAC, but knocking off Kent might just put them on the radar. Either Kent is Awful this year or Miami has a shot at six wins. The Jury is still out on that.
What is not in question is Sophomore Quarterback Zack Dysert who threw for just under three hundred yards. Dysert has only one really bad game this year, against the gators.
Up Next? A match up with recent MAC grad Butch Jones and his struggling Cincinnati Bearcats.
EMU: Eagles forget that they are EMU and play football, for a half.
OU fans had to be at defcom five when the Bobcats and Eagles went into half time knotted up at 10. But the Bobcats would get into the endzone on three out of four third quarter possessions. EMU would score on their last drive of the 3rd (which stretched into the fourth) and they would get a hold on defense but there was way too much damage done for them to win the game.
Boo Jackson passed for 218 yards and ran for 60 more as the BobCats try to get their feet under them before they get deep into divisional play
Up Next? They host Bowling Green in a game that could sink the loser for the season.
Ball State: Clubs the Chips in their own hose
|Final - 10.2.2010||1||2||3||4||Total|
|Ball St. Cardinals||7||7||14||3||31|
|Central Michigan Chippewas||3||0||0||14||17|
The BSU game has always given me a little pause. UB's win over them in 2008 is akin to Akron's beating of NIU in 2005, there is even 'the play'. I had thought coming into the season that BSU's struggles, along with it being a home game would mean that the Bulls should really win this one. Then Stan Parrish and the Cards walked into Mount Pleasant and dismantled the Chips.
I know it's cliche to say that the game was, or was not, as close as the score indicates but this is clearly an example of that. 28-3 after the third quarter accurately reflects just how much Ball State dominated every phase of this game.
In the first half CMU had just one drive over 40 yards (that stalled and ended in a field goal). Eight of the first nine times they touched the ball they punted and each of those punts was after a drive a fewer than eight plays.
Up Next? BSU takes on Western Michigan, a win could catapult them right back into discussion about the MAC West.
Ohio: Despite arriving at the game 30 minutes late the Bobcats Roll
Vince Davidson rolled up more than one hundred all purpose yards and three touchdowns as Ohio broke away from EMU in the second half. A loss to the eagles would have been devastating for Ohio, considered a preseason contender for the East.
OU's defense was down right singy in the third quarter, as EMU fell too far behind to make a comeback.
Up Next: Bowling Green visits Athens as Ohio hopes to get rolling in the division.
Akron: That ones going to leave a mark, Akron gets slaughtered on homecoming day.
iCoach is not off to an impressive start, sitting at 0-5 and absorbing a world class beating in your own back yard, on homecoming day, when you're trying to remind folks you won the MAC 5 years ago made for an awful weekend. Maybe the Zips should have lined up Homecoming and the commemoration of their MACC when they played an FCS team... Oh, never mind.
Patrick Nicely was just 14/26 for 148 yards. He threw a touchdown pass to Devon Butler of NIU but aside from that it was a very unexciting show. The Zips defense gave up more than 500 yards to the Huskies.
Up Next: The Zips try to hold onto the Wagon Wheel and get their first win when they travel to Kent.