MAC Divisional Rankings (Week 11)

It's Official: UMass consummated the union and popped its MAC cherry against Akron. - Jared Wickerham

Ranking the Divisions after Week 11 action.

MAC Divisional Rankings (Week 11)

WEST

  1. NIU (9-1, 6-0): The Huskies were on a BYE preparing for Woodshed Wednesday at Huskie Stadium.
  2. Ball State (7-3, 4-2): Ball State's win over Toledo may have come as a surprise to most people, but not all. The Cardinals got 280 yards passing and three touchdowns from Keith Wenning, and Jahwan Edwards added 105 yards rushing and a touchdown, but the key to the game may have been Ball State's Offensive Line controlling the line of scrimmage.
  3. Toledo (8-2, 5-1): Toledo continued its tradition of puzzling coaching decisions in weeknight games at the Glass Bowl with the decision to go for it on 4th and 1 from the Ball State 14 yard line with the score tied at 27 and only six minutes left in the game. The attempt failed and Ball State drove down for the winning score. David Fluellen rushed for 200 yards and the Defense got three interceptions to help keep the game close but it wasn't enough to keep the Rockets ranked.
  4. Western (4-7, 2-5): Alex Carder was back under Center for the Broncos and the rust was apparent, as the four interceptions thrown showed. The season's 7th loss matched the highest loss total in Coach Bill Cubit's tenure and made the Broncos ineligible for a Bowl for the third time under Cubit.
  5. Central (4-6, 2-4): Zurlon Tipton ran for 110 yards and Ryan Radcliff had an efficient 284 yards on 20/34 passing and two touchdowns to disappoint the upset-minded Eagles in Ypsilanti. The Chips can still become bowl eligible with wins in their final two games.
  6. EMU (1-9, 0-6): The Eagles jumped out to a 14-0 lead and managed to keep the lead until late in the 3rd quarter when an interception run back for a touchdown gave the lead to Central. On the positive side, the EMU did out gain the Chips and ran for close to 300 yards.

EAST

  1. Kent State (9-1, 6-0): Dri Archer had 151 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries and Trayion Durham added 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 20 carries to steamroll the Redhawks in Oxford. Spencer Keith only had to attempt eight passes per half to lead the Flashes to their school record 8th straight win.
  2. Ohio (8-2, 4-2): Ohio had 67 yards of offense on their first drive but only managed 16 for the rest of the first quarter and actually went backwards for a total of -4 yards in the second quarter. The Bobcats did put together a nice scoring drive on their first possession of the second half but did nothing the rest of the way en route to losing their second conference game.
  3. Bowling Green (7-3, 5-1): The Bowling Green Special Teams bombarded the Ohio punting unit all night, blocking two punts and causing several miscues that led to 19 points. A blown coverage on a trick play accounted for the other seven points and 55 of the Falcons' 97 passing yards.
  4. Buffalo (3-7, 2-4): Buffalo jumped out to a 17-0 lead but found themselves down by a point early in the 4th quarter. Joe Licata threw his only touchdown later in the quarter to secure a five-point win. Devin Campbell ran for 107 yards and Branden Oliver added 75 yards rushing to help Buffalo defend its home turf against the visiting Broncos.
  5. Miami U. (4-6, 3-3): The Miami Defense had no answer for the double-barreled Kent State rushing attack. The Redhawks had only 26 yards rushing, as they were in catch-up mode the entire game after getting behind 28-0. Zac Dysert and crew did manage to put some points on the board but the game was never close.
  6. UMass (1-9, 1-5): The Minutemen had their first halftime lead of the season, while holding Akron scoreless on the other side. Akron would get on the board in the second half to avoid the shutout but could not avoid the upset. The win was the first for UMass as a member of the FBS.
  7. Akron (1-10, 0-7): The Zips lost to first-year FBS UMass, at home, to remain winless in conference. Akron QB Dalton Williams threw four interceptions in the loss.

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