Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Ranking the Divisions after Week 7 action.
MAC Divisional Rankings (Week 7)
Week seven goes down as a week where there was no movement among teams in the rankings, although there was some distancing and closing of the gaps.
- NIU (6-1, 3-0): The Huskies played their most complete game of the season and may have established themselves as the team to beat in the West with their dominating 45-3 thrashing of the Buffalo Bulls. True Freshman Marlon Moore had two INTs, and almost had a third, in his first career start.
- Toledo (6-1, 4-0): Toledo escaped from Ypsilanti with a five-point win in a game that featured 55 points scored in the 3rd quarter. Outside of a couple of turnovers, the Rockets seemed to have their offense humming but the defense gave up over 300 yards through the air and over 300 yards on the ground including 283 yards to the Eagles' Bronson Hill who came into the game with 80 yards for the season.
- Ball State (4-3, 2-2): Ball State won a game that had what could end up being one of the wackiest 4th quarters of the college football season. The home field was probably the deciding factor in a game between two evenly matched teams.
- Western (3-4, 1-2): The Broncos led Ball State for a majority of the game but let the lead slip away before tying the game after a very bizarre sequence of events at the end of regulation. The comeback would not be complete and the Broncos fell in overtime.
- Central (2-4, 0-2): The Chips allowed Navy to go 5/5 on 4th down conversions and THROW for three touchdowns (Navy had only one throwing touchdown all season coming into the game). The extreme fluctuations in preparedness from play-to-play points to this being a very poorly coached team.
- EMU (0-6, 0-3): The Eagles erupted for 624 yards in a balanced attack that almost got them the win. EMU actually held the ball with 69 yards to go for the win at the end of the game. While encouraging, this team still has a lot to work on.
- Ohio (7-0, 3-0): Ohio looked good early but allowed the Zips to get back in it and while the game was never really in question, the final score is indicative of the Bobcats' inability to put away teams, even bad ones. On a side note: The rumor that Ohio cracked the AP poll because Peter King's vote is worth 100 points has yet to be verified.
- Kent State (5-1, 3-0): Oh, those tricky Flashes. Kent State used a trick play to get on the board first when RB/WR/KR Dri Archer found his QB for a touchdown, Archer would go on to add 222 yards on the ground on only 12 carries and a rushing touchdown. The defense was solid when it needed to be against the Army option attack. I repeat, Kent State may be the best team in the East.
- Bowling Green (4-3, 2-1): Bowling Green protected its home turf with a balanced offensive showing and a phenomenal display of rushing defense. Some of that may have had to do with Miami's gameplan, but holding a team to 3 yards rushing for a game is impressive nonetheless.
- Miami U. (3-4, 2-1): The Redhawks have been completely one-dimensional on offense and haven't shown the ability to stop a FBS caliber team on defense. On the positive side, they have looked less appalling at home, and they get two weeks to prepare to host a struggling Bobcats team.
- Akron (1-6, 0-3): The Zips once again started slow and had a late charge fall short of a win. Akron has actually looked good in a few games this season, and should probably have an extra win or two, but they are what their record says they are.
- Buffalo (1-5, 0-3): The Bulls only managed 3 points and failed to score from the Red Zone for the first time all season. Buffalo had been a perfect 13/13 from the Red Zone for the season but finished only 1/5 for the day. Alex Zordich continued to struggle failing to throw for a touchdown and throwing two interceptions against the Huskies.
- UMass (0-6, 0-3): The Minutemen enjoyed a bye this week giving them an extra week to prepare for their game against Bowling Green.