DIVISIONAL RANKINGS (Week 6)
The top teams in the divisions remain unchanged but there is shuffling otherwise in both divisions.
- NIU (5-1, 2-0): The Huskies wore down Ball State to get the win on the road and retain the Bronze Stalk trophy. NIU has now beaten Ball State 11 out of the last 14 meetings including four in a row.
- Toledo (5-1, 3-0): The Rockets pulled away in the 4th quarter on two pick-sixes by the Defense after being down at the half. Toledo was in a real nail-biter and has its Special Teams and Defense to thank for this victory over a much-improved Central Michigan team.
- Ball State (3-3, 1-2): Ball State rolled up over 500 yards of offense but also gave up more than 500, including over 300 on the ground, and ultimately lost despite winning the T.O.P. and holding the Huskies to a paltry 2-12 on third down attempts.
- Western (3-3, 1-1): Carder who? The Minutemen were just what the Broncos needed after looking beleaguered without their star quarterback last week. The Broncos looked like they may be just fine with Van Tubbergen under center, once he settles in.
- Central (2-3, 0-2): The Chips led Toledo at the half and only trailed by three points going into the 4th quarter. When two Radcliff interceptions were returned for touchdowns, it effectively ended any chance at the road upset.
- EMU (0-5, 0-2): Eastern Michigan. Consistent.
- Ohio (6-0, 2-0): For a second straight week the Bobcats lost the battle on the box score but escaped with the win and became the first team to reach bowl-eligibility for the season.
- Kent State (4-1, 3-0): The Flashes looked dominant on Defense holding EMU to seven first downs and 0-9 on third down attempts. Dri Archer got another return for a TD to go with his rushing TD and receiving TD. Kent State may be the best team in the East.
- Bowling Green (3-3, 1-1): Bowling Green made the adjustments at halftime after being down 10-0, and shut out the Zips in the second half for the 24-10 win.
- Miami U. (3-3, 2-0): The Redhawks couldn't overcome some early mishaps in the 117th Battle for the Victory Bell and dropped the 7th contest in a row against the Bearcats.
- Akron (1-5, 0-2): Akron's offense, which seemed alive over the last few weeks, failed to show up against Bowling Green. The Zips' only win came against a team that happens to be Buffalo's only win, and Akron won more convincingly so they get the nod for the five spot.
- Buffalo (1-4, 0-2): The Bulls seemingly outplayed the Bobcats in Athens but coughed up the ball three times and surrendered a 100 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Alex Zordich did manage to complete over 50% of his passes but couldn't crack the triple-digit yard barrier going 13/25 for 97 yards and a touchdown.
- UMass (0-6, 0-3): After being somewhat competitive over the last two weeks against Miami U. and Ohio, I believe the Minutemen are very thankful to be in the East Division after their game against the Broncos.