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Buffalo's Foes in Week 2

Final musings on last week before we start looking ahead to Ball State. This could have been an amazing week for the MAC, three big upsets were within our sights and all three fell short. Despite the painful losses by Toledo, NIU, and Central UB's conference opponents are still rocking a record of 10-5 which is only a bit off of our non conference foes who stand at 5-3.

It is a bit troubling to see Maine give the Panthers a scare, it does take some of the shine off of UB's game against Pitt.

Overall a good week for our opponents. Nobody is going to look down on NIU for losing to Kansas, well almost nobody.

We are coming into the part of the season where we root like heck for the teams we have played (as always this does not apply to Temple). Last year, for example, Rhode Island was suposed to be the EMU of their conference (or the Akron). Instead they ran up a modest little record and took down some ranked FCS teams in doing it.


Here is the grid:

OPPONENT W L Tot % Conf W L conf % Last Next
Pittsburgh 2 0 1.000 Big East 0 0 0.000 Win 35-29 vs Maine at Iowa
Stony Brook 0 2 0.000 Big South 0 0 0.000 Loss 35-3 at UTEP vs Brown
Ball State 1 1 0.500 MAC 0 0 0.000 Loss 37-7 at USF vs Buffalo
Connecticut 1 1 0.500 Big East 0 0 0.000 Loss 24-21 at Vanderbuilt vs Iowa State
Tennessee 2 0 1.000 SEC 0 0 0.000 Win 45-23 vs Cincinnati at Florida
Ohio 2 0 1.000 MAC 0 0 0.000 Win 30-3 vs Gartner Webb vs Marshall
Temple 2 0 1.000 MAC 1 0 1.000 Win 41-3 at Akron vs Penn State
Northern Illinois 1 1 0.500 MAC 0 0 0.000 Loss 45-42 at Kansas vs Wisconsin
Miami (OH) 0 1 0.000 MAC 0 0 0.000 Bye at Minnesota
Eastern Michigan 2 0 1.000 MAC 0 0 0.000 Win 14-7 vs Alabam State at Michigan
Akron 0 2 0.000 MAC 0 1 0.000 Loss 3-41 at Temple at Cincinnatti
Bowling Green 2 0 1.000 MAC 0 0 0.000 Win 58-13 vs Morgan State vs Wyoming
Total 15 8 0.652   1 1 0.500    
MAC 10 5 0.667   1 1 0.500    
Past 2 2 0.500   0 0 0.000    
Upcoming 13 6 0.684   1 1 0.500


Comments on each Game Below:

Pitt Vs. Maine Football: 35-29 ... Really? REALLY? - Cardiac Hill
The most disappointing thing is that while Pitt again scored 35 points, they did so with incredible field position the entire game. Four times (four times) they started on Maine's side of the field. Another time they were nearly at midfield and yet another time, they were on their own 40 after an errant kickoff. Sorry, but 35 points from what is supposed to be a high-scoring offense under those conditions just doesn't cut it (as I wrote in the SB Nation Pittsburgh recap). Plus, they put up those 35 against a Maine team that is not as good as Buffalo, in my opinion. And, by the way, that first touchdown drive was aided by a terrible Running into the Kicker call against Maine, which kept the drive alive after Pitt was resigned to punt. Safe to say there's plenty of work to be done.

SBU vs UB - Post Game Thoughts - Bull Run
Anderson is the guy who is going to give us the best chance to win this year. After seeing him in some interviews, I think he is also the perfect guy to mentor the young guys. He is a class act that will win this team some games. -We are a better team this year. We learned this last week, but it became very clear today that we are much improved. Quinn and the staff are making it a priority to stay balanced on offense, and play hard physical defense.

USF 37, Ball State 7: Looking Good, Billy Ray! Feeling Good, Louis! - Voodoo Five
I think Ball State runs a good offense for their personnel, because Keith Wenning doesn't appear to have a real strong arm, and their receivers don't easily get open down the field. Wenning throws a lot of passes aimed downward, so they don't turn the ball over. It can work if the defense plays off them in coverage, or if you miss tackles. The Bulls tackled very well, bumped the Ball State receivers in the five-yard area to knock off their timing, and they also shut down the running game so that the Cardinals couldn't keep them off balance.

Vanderbilt Defeats Connecticut in a Slopfest at Dudley Field, 24-21 - Anchor Of Gold
Vanderbilt dominated the first half, but UConn came back behind a blocked punt and fumble return that gave the Huskies the lead in the fourth quarter. However, Vanderbilt's defense refused to let this team lose. Casey Hayward's 50 yard interception return tied the game at 21-21 and put the 'Dores in position to win this game as time wound down. Zac Stacy's 48 yard rush on the next Commodore possession put the team in place to win their first FBS victory under Franklin.

Vanderbilt 24, UConn 21: And there was much gnashing of teeth. - The UConn Blog
The offense has actually REGRESSED from the Edsall days, which is frankly, amazing. The play-calling - awful. The quarterbacking - dreadful. The receiving - not even worth mentioning (outside of our tight end). The offensive line and running back are fine, but there's not much they can do when 10 guys are in the box. The defense is very good, but they ain't scoring two touchdowns a game. Meanwhile, UConn hasn't scored an offensive touchdown against a Division I-A team in 183 minutes of football. That's three games-plus (USF, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt) and counting.


Tennessee 45 Cincinnati 23 - There's A Stirring - Rocky Top Talk
34 completions is sixth all-time at UT. 405 yards is fourth all-time, making him the first non-Manning to throw for 400+ at UT. By throwing multiple touchdown passes in his eighth (read: every start) straight game, he broke a Manning record. Tennessee's media guide only lists Tee Martin's unapproachable 95.8% completion percentage record from the 1998 South Carolina game. But I figure Bray's 82.9% number from today is, you know, up there. Remember 5 for 30 in the Orange & White Game? Me neither. Remember when last week was the greatest game of his young Vol career? We'd better start making that statement in pencil.

Tennessee Volunteers 45 Cincinnati Bearcats 23: Disceting Tyler Bray's Discetion of the Bearcats Secondary - Down The Drive
In fact given the way that UC chose to approach the game defensively that pass distribution chart looks almost exactly the way I would want it to look as a defensive coach. If I set up to make a QB beat me under the middle and he does that there isn't a whole lot that can be done. The one area of the chart I don't like is in the deep middle which coincidentally is where the worst player on the defense resides imagine that. - For Fans of Ohio University Sports
ATHENS, Ohio – Despite playing without middle linebacker Noah Keller, Ohio’s defense limited Gardner-Webb to just 124 yards of offense and the Bobcats used a big second quarter to roll to a 30-3 victory in their home-opener on Saturday night. After a scoreless first quarter, Ohio overcame a slow start offensively with 24 points in the second quarter, with the help of three interceptions during the period.

Final - 9.10.2011 1 2 3 4 Total
Temple Owls 7 21 3 10 41
Akron Zips 3 0 0 0 3

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Temple Football Forever: The view from Akron
It was 41-3 and it could have been much worse. I thought to myself at the end of the first half that it would be nice if Temple head coach Steve Addazio rested Bernard Pierce for the entire second half, saving him for the Penn State game. What'ya know? Daz did just that. Had Pierce played the second half, I had no doubt the final score would be 60-6 (if Akron was lucky). Don't get me wrong. Matty Brown played well in relief, but he's not a first-round NFL draft pick.

NIU 42, Kansas 45: A blessing in a very ugly disguise? - Red And Black Attack
All of our goals are ahead of us. The MAC Championship can be won. With this offense, the sky is the limit. Yet on the other side of the ball, with this defense there are some serious limitations. They WILL get better as the season goes on, when it really counts. Let's hope that this Kansas game was a blip on the radar.

Kansas Jayhawks Take Down Northern Illinois In a Shootout - Rock Chalk Talk
ansas finally took back the lead late in the third quarter, only to watch NIU slash through the porous Kansas defense and tie it up less than two minutes later. The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth affair that found NIU up 42-38 with five minutes remaining. After a willful kick return by DJ Beshears set them up with great field position, the Kansas offense was able to push the ball to near the goal line and run down the clock. After setting themselves up with a 1st and goal at the 5 yard line, Kansas was stuffed on three consecutive plays and found themselves staring down the barrel with a 4th and goal from the six yard line. Webb then got the ball to DJ Beshears at the goal line for his second TD of the day with nine seconds left, and after a failed hail mary attempt, the party started in Lawrence.

EMU 14, Alabama State 7 recap " Eagle Totem
This win gave EMU their first 2-0 start since 1989, but let’s be realistic about the quality of play and not get too excited. EMU showed a solid running game today, and what might be a respectable running defense. The Eagles also have decent special teams. Depending on how good Alabama State’s passing offense turns out to be, they may have exposed a weak EMU secondary. And then there’s the passing offense, which continues to look like an afterthought you wish they hadn’t thought of. I still think this team will beat Akron, and maybe one or two other MAC teams, but, absent a big improvement in the passing — by which I also mean an improvement in the catching — this team is going to be closer to three wins than to six.

FalconBlog--Triumphs and Trials in the BGSU Falcon Nation: Morgan State, Part II
Morgan State had 37 yards passing. I'd love to know the last time that happened. The Bears ran 3 QBs out there, but to no avail. They rushed for 156 yards on 34 carries, a significant chunk of which came when BG failed to contain Council, the MSU QB, who I don't think had any interest in throwing the ball, a fact seemingly lost on the D-line on a couple plays.