This week's rankings include a new leader atop the West Division. Among the surprises were the Ball State and Akron losses and the UMass near upset. Not so surprising was Western Michigan struggling with a new starter under center and NIU and Bowling Green taking care of business at home.
DIVISIONAL RANKINGS (Week 5)
- NIU: The Huskies roll for 622 total yards including 407 on the ground all while scoring the last 21 points of the game and shutting out the Chips in the 4th quarter to avenge their only loss in Conference play from last season.
- Ball State: Cards had their mighty running game shut down but Wenning went off for 445 passing yards and 5 TDs. Unfortunately, the Special Teams gave up some big returns including a TD and the Defense gave up almost 300 passing yards to go along with 4.6 yards per rush.
- Toledo: Rockets defeated a depleted Broncos squad in Kalamazoo.
- Central: The last time the Chips gave up more points than they did this past game was way back on 11/28/2008 when they gave up 56 to the Mighty Eagles of Ypsilanti.
- Western: This team is not the same without Carder.
- EMU: Showed improvement by avoiding a loss this week, something the Eagles had failed to do previously.
- Ohio: The Bobcats got a good scare at Foxsboro, trailing by a TD going into the final quarter but managed to win the penalty battle, turnover battle, and most importantly the battle on the scoreboard.
- Kent State: The stout Kent Defense kept Ball State's potent running game to 2.9 ypc but still gave up 43 points. Fortunately for the Flashes, somebody invited the Offense to play this week.
- Miami U.: You have to go back to 11/28/2003 to find the last time the Redhawks scored at least 56 points to when a #15 ranked Miami team, led by Ben Roethlisberger and his 327 passing yards and 5 TDs, defeated Central Florida in Orlando.
- Bowling Green: Falcons took care of business against an FCS squad at home.
- Akron: The Zips scored 40+ points vs. an FBS opponent for the first time since 11/28/2008, when they ran off four straight 40+ point games, going 2-2 in that stretch.
- Buffalo: Buffalo probably gave UConn a closer game than it expected, but Zordich will have to improve upon his 43.3% completion percentage (48.5% for the season) for the Bulls to actually start pulling out wins.
- UMass: The Minutemen actually held the advantage over the Bobcats in T.O.P., passing yards, total yards, first downs, and 3rd down efficiency.