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2015 NCAA Football Results Week 8

Were you so busy watching the Bobcats start the November collapse early that you missed what our past and future opponents did?

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

To sum thins up. Penn State and Bowling Green are now Bowl Eligible and Toledo looks vulnerable enough against UMass fdr me to wonder how they would handle Falcon fast. It also makes me wonder how well we will handle UMass next month in their MAC swan song.

Next up we play Miami in a *MUST WIN GAME*. Why is it a must win? It will get us to 4-4 and they are perhaps the weakest all around team in the MAC. The week after Miami we play NIU who should be bowl eligible and still fighing to positioning in the west race.

Six wins now looks very doable. Miami, Kent, Akron, UMass. Win three of these games for 6-6 or sweep them for 7-5.

Opponent Result Record Conference Record
Albany Bye 2-5 CAA 1-3
Penn State W 31 - 30 at Maryland 6-2 B1G 3-1

Quick Recap: Penn State Beats Maryland, 31-30 - Black Shoe Diaries
It was a close one, but Penn State managed to squeak out a win against Maryland in Baltimore, 31-30. The story of the game was Penn State's two units flipping their usual performances: the Nittany Lion defense allowed 470 yards, but Penn State's offense ultimately got the job done. Christian Hackenberg led the way for Penn State, going 13-for-29 with 315 yards and a trio of touchdowns – one to Chris Godwin, one to DaeSean Hamilton, and one to Geno Lewis

Florida Atlantic L 27 - 17 at UTEP 1-6 CUSA 1-3

UTEP Opens Things up in 27-17 Win Over Florida Atlantic - Miner Rush
Mack Leftwich passed for 271 yards and had 3 passing touchdowns in his return, and the Miners had perhaps their most balanced offensive attack of the season in a 27-17 win over the Florida Atlantic Owls.

Nevada W 30 - 20 vs Hawaii 4-4 MWC 2-2

Nevada Football:Wolf Pack rally from behind to defeat Hawaii - Mountain West Connection
It looked dismal for Nevada after Hawaii quarterback Max Wittek connected with Devan Stubblefield for a second touchdown pass of the game to give the Warriors a 17-0 lead in the second quarter. The Wolf Pack, already coming off a loss last week to previously win-less Wyoming, looked like they had not recovered from that game and in that moment, their season looked lost. But the team fought back and played one of their best games of the season as they relied on their defense and the running of James Butler (28 carries, 134 yards, two touchdowns) to come from behind to defeat Hawaii 30-20 to improve to 4-4 on the season.

Bowling Green W 48 - 0 at Kent 6-2 MAC 4-0

FalconBlog--Triumphs and Trials in the BGSU Falcon Nation: Sweet Victory #6; The Recap.
It was simply never close.  Kent won the toss and deferred and did a nice job on defense, forcing BG into a long, 5 minute+ drive.  BG completed a 3rd and 11 and 4th and 1 on the drive, which was highlighted by a 35-yard pass to Ronnie Moore.  Even so, BG had stalled out and was kicking a FG on 4th and 4 from the 7.  Tate missed the FG, but Kent ran into him, giving BG a 4th and 1.  This time, BG went for it and Matt Johnson scored on the next play to make it 7-0.

CMU W 23 - 21 at Ball State 4-4 MAC 2-2

Central Michigan Chippewas vs Ball State Cardinals football review: Chippewas edge Cardinals in game for the ages - Hustle Belt
It's possible that no one in Scheumann Stadium was expecting to get the game that they did on Saturday afternoon. The Chips and Cardinals battled through thrilling second half and the visiting team escaped with a 23-21 victory.

Ohio L 41 - 17 at Buffalo 5-3 MAC 2-2

Ohio Bobcats at Buffalo Bulls football recap: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Bull Run
Mistake-free football. What was UB's biggest mistake today? Joe Licata missing Marcus McGill on the funky, New England Patriots-styled play in the third quarter just before the blocked field goal? The UB defense allowing Ohio to convert 3rd and 13 and then march down the field to get within 14? Ryan Williamson's late-game interception being wiped out by and Andrews Dadeboe penalty, also on 3rd and 13? Otherwise, Buffalo managed in bad, bad weather.

Miami L 35 - 13 at WMU 1--6 MAC 0-3

Miami RedHawks vs Western Michigan Broncos recap: Broncos contain RedHawks, win 35-13 - Hustle Belt
The Western Michigan Broncos (4-3, 3-0) aren't always pretty, but with their 3rd win in October, they continue to be a force to be reckoned with in the MAC after beating the Miami RedHawks (1-7, 0-4) 35-13 in a game that wasn't really close in the 2nd half.

Kent L 48 - 0 vs BSGU 3-5 MAC 2-2
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NIU W 49 - 21 vs EMU 5-3 MAC 3-1

Northern Illinois 49, EMU 21: as expected - Eagle Totem Eagle Totem
rogan Roback got the start and played the entire game (maybe Reggie Bell was hurt worse than we thought). His final stat line was about what I’ve come to expect from him: decent, but not the level of quarterback heroics this team needs to overcome the defense. Roback finished with completions on 26 of 43 passes (60.5%) for 219 yards, an interception, and no touchdowns. On the ground, Darius Jackson carried 24 times for 101 yards (4.2 yards per carry) and two touchdowns, while Shaq Vann carried 16 times for 52 yards and another touchdown.

Akron Bye 3-4 MAC 1-2
UMass L 51 - 35 vs Toledo 1-6 MAC 0-3

No. 19 Toledo Rockets vs. Massachusetts Minutemen football recap: Rockets rebound hardcore, win 51-35 - Hustle Belt
The Rockets looked real depressing-like in the first half. Going into the locker room at halftime, they were down by 18 to a team that's lost nine times already, including a 15-10 pooper against Kent State last week on Homecoming. Phillip Ely throws three interceptions in the first half, where the Minutemen would capitalized on the responsive drives.