Eagles QB Tyler benz hands the ball off. - Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE
Ranking the Divisions after Week 8 action.
MAC Divisional Rankings (Week 8)
- NIU (7-1, 4-0): The Huskies, known for their Offensive prowess, were a dominant force on Defense holding the Akron passing offense, which came in ranked 9th in the FBS with 333.6 yards per game, to less than half of their average. NIU's Jordan Lynch surpassed 1,000 yards rushing for the season, marking the 13th time in the last 14 seasons that the Huskies have had a runner go over 1,000 yards.
- Toledo (7-1, 4-0): Toledo won despite not scoring an offensive touchdown and was outgained in total offensive yards 478 to 355. The Rockets defense has allowed 574 yards rushing over the last two weeks.
- Ball State (5-3, 3-2): Ball State was in control and kept the Chips at a manageable distance for most of the game. The Cards got their running game going again and were one Barrington Scott yard shy from having two rushers break the century mark.
- Western (3-5, 1-3): The Broncos couldn't overcome three lost fumbles and three interceptions and lost a game, which was tied after three quarters, to Kent State despite winning several statistical categories including T.O.P., total first downs, 3rd down efficiency, total yards, and passing yards. Bowl eligibility now becomes a real challenge for the Broncos.
- Central (2-5, 0-3): Central was down 14 points to the Cards at the half and never got any closer than that except at the end. The Chips were 2/10 on third downs and allowed Ball State to go 10/17 on their third downs attempts.
- EMU (1-6, 0-3): QB Tyler Benz threw for 369 yards and five touchdowns and Bronson Hill ran for 185 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' first win of the season. EMU has looked like the team it was predicted to be in the preseason during the last two weeks behind Benz and Hill and its newfound offense.
- Ohio (7-0, 3-0): Despite being on a bye week, the Bobcats margin of victory this week just about mirrored their last three outings.
- Kent State (6-1, 4-0): Kent State played the Broncos to a tie after three quarters but blew the game open with a 17-0 4th quarter and won despite being statistically outplayed. The Flashes were +4 on turnovers for the game.
- Bowling Green (5-3, 3-1): Bowling Green's Defense controlled the tempo but found itself in a tight game until a touchdown late in the 3rd quarter by the Offense, followed by a pick-six by the Defense, put the game away. The Falcons held UMass to 119 yards of total offense and picked the ball off four times.
- Miami U. (3-4, 2-1): The Redhawks were on a Bye week preparing for the 89th Battle of the Bricks.
- Akron (1-7, 0-4): The Zips were a Jerrod Dillard touchdown catch away from being shut out at home. Akron managed only 42 rushing yards on 37 attempts and was held to 199 yards of total offense.
- Buffalo (1-6, 0-3): Buffalo outgained Pittsburgh 334 yards to 254, had the first down advantage 22 to 13, had less penalty yards, and won the T.O.P., yet still found a way to lose by two touchdowns.
- UMass (0-7, 0-4): The Minutemen went three and out on all four 1st quarter possessions and their first 1st down of the game came courtesy of a 15-yard facemask penalty by Bowling Green. UMass was at least competitive on the scoreboard until the game got away from them late in the 3rd quarter.