The MAC has shushed 8 AQ teams this year. Most recently, Kent State over #15 Rutgers. - Alex Trautwig
Ranking the Earned Qualifying (EQ) Teams | Ain't you LEARNED? Nothing automatic, everything EARNED.
EQ Top Ten (Week 9)
- Louisiana Tech (7-1): The Bulldogs had their lowest scoring output of the season against New Mexico State but had a 28-0 lead halfway through the final quarter. The Aggies scored two late touchdowns to make the final score look somewhat respectable.
- Boise State (7-1): The Broncos are getting a lot from their Defense and running game, and just enough out of their passing game to keep on winning. Boise State QB Joe Southwick has failed to throw a touchdown in four games this year but has only failed to throw an interception in two games.
- NIU (8-1): NIU QB Jordan Lynch threw for 274 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 136 yards and two scores to lead the Huskies to their 8th straight win. Lynch leads the Nation in Total Offense with 3,169 yards for the season and ranks first in rushing as a quarterback (second overall among all runners) in the FBS.
- Kent State (7-1): For the second consecutive week, a MAC team defeated a ranked and previously undefeated Big East team. The Flashes intercepted Rutgers QB Gary Nova six times and added a fumble recovery for seven takeaways in the game. The win was the first ever by Kent State over a ranked opponent.
- Toledo (8-1): The Rockets struggled on the road, again, but came out of Buffalo with the win and extended their winning streak to eight games.
- Utah State (7-2): Utah State beat the Roadrunners like the transitioning team that they are. Chuckie Keeton had an impressive outing throwing for 340 yards and three touchdowns in just about three quarters of play.
- Ohio (7-1): The Bobcats fell from the unbeaten ranks, and as I mentioned earlier, that was the only reason why they were in the top spot. It'll be interesting to see which direction this team goes from here.
- Louisiana-Monroe (6-2): The Warhawks beat a South Alabama team at home to stay atop the Sun Belt.
- Tulsa (7-1): Tulsa was on a BYE week.
- Central Florida (6-2): The Knights looked focused now that their appeal hearing has been moved to next year, effectively lifting the post-season ban for this season.