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How did our 2010 opponensts do this week?

As hard as it was to watch any football following the meltdown against Temple, for the Bull Run Community, I suffered a few games.

Caught some of the second half in the Miami/Ohio match up. Which might be closer if Miami Receivers actually carried the ball into the end zone before dropping it. Nick Harwell, deciding a sweet 81 yard catch and run was cool enough to go the last three feet without the ball, summed up Miami's mistakes.

Watched a bit of the Huskies against the Chip in which, for the third straight week NIU teased an opponent into thinking they were in the game at the half. Jerry Kills team depth and his practice of keeping players fresh via rotation is paying off dividends as NIU has outscored opponents 52-0 in the second half of their last three games.

Finally I tuned into the Bit's of the EMU/Virginia game which was very impressive right up until the Eagles pulled within three, then returned to being EMU by allowing a kickoff return for a touchdown following their score. That crushed EMU and they never recovered.

I'm doing two things new this week. First I am breaking out the total record and sagarin strength of our foes out into 'to date and upcoming' and 'won and lost'.

I am also not going to write up my own summaries, I think the blogs that cover those teams are better sources os I will excerpt a paragraph or two from a fan blog and link it, if you want the full game rundown just follow the links.

Grid and Games after the Jump.

Opponent Sagarin W L Conf W L Last
Rhode Island 172 2 5 CAA 1 3 L: 28-23 Main
Baylor 29 6 2 Big12 3 1 W:47-42 KState
UCF 56 5 2 CUSA 3 0 W: 41-14 Rice
Connecticut 95 3 4 BigEast 0 2 L: 26 - 0 Louis.
Bowling Green 155 1 7 MAC 0 4 L: 30 - 6 Kent
N. Illinois 53 6 2 MAC 4 0 W: 33 - 7 CMU
Temple 57 6 2 MAC 3 1 W: 42-0 Buf
Miami (OH) 108 4 4 MAC 3 1 L: 34 - 13 Ohio
Ohio 86 5 3 MAC 4 1 W:34-13 Mia
Ball State 159 2 6 MAC 1 3 L: 24 - 31 Tol
E. Michigan 177 1 7 MAC 1 3 L: 48 - 21 Vir.
Akron 216 0 8 MAC 0 4 L: 56 - 10
Total All 114 41 52 0.441 23 23 0.500
FBS (to date) 74 27 19 0.587 13 8 0.619
FBS (Future) 149 12 28 0.300 9 12 0.429
Wins (to date) 164 3 12 0.200 1 7 0.125
Losses (to date) 58 26 12 0.684 13 4 0.765


Final - 10.23.2010 1 2 3 4 Total
Maine 0
14 7 7 28
Rhode Island 7 0 10 6 23

KINGSTON, R.I. -- Warren Smith threw for a touchdown and ran for another as Maine defeated Rhode Island 28-23 in Colonial Athletic Association play on Saturday. -- ESPN

Rhode Island was one yard, and one second away from winning this game. The Ram's picked to be a joke in the CAA this year have put a scare into just about everyone they have played. This team will do real damage in the NEC next season.

After the second rain delay of the season for Kansas State, Baylor started the game with a quick touchdown on the opening drive that did not face much defensive opposition at all. Thus was the story of the Kansas State first half. Very quick big plays from Baylor, answered by, for the most part, scores from the Kansas State offense.

The halftime score was 31-21 in favor of the Bears. Credit them for having an offensive scheme to tear apart the Wildcat defense for 387 total yards in the first half (124 rushing and 263 passing for those counting at home). In comparison, Kansas State managed to put up just 253 yards (106 rushing and 147 passing). Yet at the break, hope still seemed to be there for the Wildcat faithful.


While there are many question marks on the defensive side of the ball, and in the play calling of the offense for long stretches of this week’s game, there is also a lot to build on. The offense has put up 101 points in the last two games, both of which being on the road, albeit against two other very poor defenses. The defense, while abysmal in the first half, rebounded to cause the Bears to only score only 16 second half points. While that is probably more than most fans would like to give up in a half, you must look at it in comparison to the first half where they could not stop Baylor at all. -- SBNation Blog "Bring on The Cats"

Watch UCF coach George O’Leary’s postgame press conference following the Knights’ 41-14 win over Rice during homecoming Saturday at Bright House Networks Stadium.

O’Leary said he was pleased to see his team record its third consecutive win, but the Knights need to play a complete game to beat East Carolina next week. The Knights and Pirates enter the contest undefeated in Conference USA. UCF likely needs a win over East Carolina to claim the Conference USA Eastern Division title and earn a spot in the league championship game. -- Orlando Centinal Blog "Knights Notepad"

Yesterday was bad. Very very bad. If you want my thoughts on it, feel free to peruse TheOpenThread. I was the only one in it for most of the second half and you can see all the creative ways I came up with to curse. Fun times.

To be honest, I just don't have the energy to deal with a full recap. Everything about yesterday's game (well everything that does involve Lawrence Wilson or Sio Moore) was dreadful. Offense, defense, special teams, playcalling, you name it. All bad. Feel free to vent in the comments. At least basketball is only a few days away.

And yes, there was something else in this post earlier, but I took it down, don't freak out and start rapidly refreshing. -- SBNation Blog "The UConn Blog"

On offense, we started without Willie Geter and Cooper, and then lost Bojicic at Center, which left us with two converted d-lineman and a true freshmen on the line. Kent certainly exposed that, as BG could not run block or pass block. We become one-dimensional, and Kent exploited that ruthlessly. Coach said that Schilz could not set his feet on many of his throws all year. He also started to bring his eyes down under pressure, which Coach says QBs do at any level when they get hit enough.


On defense, they actually played pretty well, but let the ball get over their head several times. In addition to being down Truss and Lorenzi, Keith Morgan also went down during the game, which brought even more young players into the game. -- Falcon Blog

Chad Spann scored three touchdowns and ran for 101 yards, his fifth 100-plus-yard performance of the season and ninth of his career. Junior running back Cameron Bell added 82 yards after sitting the previous two weeks as the Huskies rushed for 282 yards as a team.

The NIU defense intercepted four passes, two by linebacker Tyrone Clark, and stuffed the Chippewas on a 4th-and-1 late in the third quarter to hold onto a 23-7 lead. CMU pulled starting quarterback Ryan Radcliff early in the fourth quarter after he threw his third interception.

The Huskies finish the season with three of four games on the road, returning to Huskie Stadium for on Tuesday, Nov. 9, to play Toledo. -- HuskieWire

OXFORD, Ohio – Ohio forced six turnovers and scored five rushing touchdowns, soundly defeating rival Miami for the fifth straight year, 34-13, at Yager Stadium on Saturday.

The Bobcats (5-3, 4-1 Mid-American Conference) forced RedHawks quarterback Zac Dysert into four interceptions and sacked him five times while winning their fourth straight game and taking over first place in the MAC East Division.

Vince Davidson rushed for a career-high 103 yards and helped Ohio answer back from an early 7-0 deficit with a career-long run of 56 yards for a touchdown.

Dysert finished with 332 passing yards on a 21-of-36 effort, but Miami netted only 11 rushing yards. --

Losing to Toledo isn’t something to be ashamed of. They’re undefeated in the MAC and control their own destiny for the conference title. That I am fine to wrap my head around and penciling in an "L" on the schedule isn’t the hard part. The hard part is how that "L" came to be. This wasn’t a loss where we were dominated. This wasn’t a loss where losing was an absolute certainty. This wasn’t a loss that was inevitable, unavoidable, or predestined. This was one of those special kind of losses that crushes your soul and leaves you without much. Long on questions, anger, and disbelief but short on things like optimism, hope, and positivity. After jumping out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, BSU let Toledo score 31 unanswered points en route to a 31-24 loss. That kind of performance leaves a pretty bitter taste, one that isn’t easily erased and one that hasn’t faded 24 hours after this punchbowl got turd-ified. -- OverThePylon

Keeping it close. Despite the final score, EMU was in this game up until the start of the fourth quarter. Jimmy Howell’s 56-yard touchdown pass to Trey Womack on a fake punt put the Cavaliers up 38-21 early in the fourth quarter and effectively put the game out of reach. Up to that point the Eagles had done a pretty good job of not letting the game get out of hand. After spotting Viriginia two touchdowns, EMU came right back and tied the game at 14-14 before a field goal with 27 seconds left in the second quarter sent the Cavaliers into the break with a narrow 17-14 lead. Coming out of the half, Virginia score first, but again, the Eagles came right back with a touchdown less than two minutes later to bring the score to 24-21. Terence Fells-Danzer returned EMU’s kickoff for a touchdown, but the 10-point margin still seemed within reach for the Eagles up until the aforementioned fake punt. -- Eagle Totem

Akron is still winless under first-year coach Rob Ianello. Nate Burney headlined the box score with 91 rushing yards on 18 carries, while Patrick Nicely threw for only 120 yards with an interception on 12-of-24 passing. -- Sports Xchange via wusa9