It’s hard to take too much away from this week. Everyone in the MAC was playing a “pay for play game”, either hosting an FCS team or going to a P5 conference school. Usually those are lopsided games that don’t speak to conference performance.
Buffalo scored the most points in college football this week, against a terrible FCS squad. Akron was destroyed by an amazing G5 programs.
The most telling games came from NIU and Ball State.
NIU knocked off Georgia Tech. The Yellowjackets are not a power team, but it was a great win by a program many picked to finish dead last in the MAC West.
Ball State won, but didn’t destroy WIU. You expect better from a team which is the huge favorite to win it all.
Here’s my take this week
|1||Ball State||1||0||That was *NOT* a very convincing win over an FCS school, but not enough to fall out of first|
|2||Toledo||3||1||Solid win over an FCS squad. But you never really learn a lot from those types of games|
|3||Kent State||2||-1||Hard to punish a team for losing to the number six team in the nation, but Kent never looked good at all.|
|4||Northern Illinois||7||3||Called it... Georgia Tech is not an amazing team this year but nobody was respecting what NIU is bringing to the table|
|5||Western MIchigan||4||-1||Good first quarter, not so much after that|
|6||Ohio||5||-1||The post Solich era did not start well, Ohio was kept out of the endzone the entire game by Syracuse.|
|7||Buffalo||8||1||Wagner is not at all a good team, even by FCS standards so a win here does not teach us too much about the Bulls.|
|8||Miami||6||-2||It was 35-0 before miami showed up, but they were playing the #8 team in the country and managed to look decent in the second half|
|9||Eastern Michigan||10||1||Solid win by EMU, offensively they were very sharp and are showing enough that they will give most of the teams in the west some serious competition.|
|10||Central Michigan||9||-1||Gave Mizzou a run for their money, that's a lot for this team.|
|11||Bowling Green||12||1||Didn't expect a lot, and Bowling green didn't do a lot.|
|12||Akron||11||-1||Auburn did to Akron what Buffalo did to Wagner, fitting since one of the BRuWPeG comments said "Wager was the Akron of FCS"|