NIU QB Jordan Lynch is in the conversation to be the MAC's first Heisman Trophy winner. - Jeff Zelevansky
Ranking the Divisions after Week 10 action.
MAC Divisional Rankings (Week 10)
- NIU (9-1, 6-0): Huskie Heisman candidate Jordan Lynch accounted for 308 yards and three touchdowns at the half and added 40 yards on the opening drive after intermission to finish with 348 yards and three touchdowns in just over a half of play. Lynch also extended his consecutive passes without an INT streak to 165. The Huskies had seven TFL's at half and finished with 10 for the day. UMass was overmatched in every conceivable way.
- Toledo (8-1, 5-0): The Rockets were on a BYE week preparing for a showdown of two Top 5 MAC teams .
- Ball State (6-3, 3-2): The Cardinals were on a BYE week preparing for their game at Toledo that could be pivotal in the determining the West final standings.
- Western (4-6, 2-4): The Broncos retained the Victory Cannon with their victory over rival Central Michigan. The victory was the first win for the Broncos in Mt. Pleasant since 2002. The 42 points scored makes two years in a row that the Broncos put up at least 40 points against its rival.
- Central (3-6, 1-4): Would you expect anything less than a crazy back-and-forth game between these two bitter in-state rivals? The difference for the Chips at halftime was a blocked extra point but Central came out firing in the second half and took a 3rd quarter lead only to give up 28 points in the final quarter to lose.
- EMU (1-8, 0-5): The Eagles recovered a fumble on the play after an Ohio receiver dropped a sure touchdown pass that would have increased the Bobcats lead to 14-0. Instead, EMU took the ball down for a touchdown and evened the score at 7-7. That's the closest the Eagles got on the scoreboard all night.
- Kent State (8-1, 5-0): Kent State was down 10 points at the half but came back to retain the Blue and Gold Wagon Wheel and extended the all-time series lead to 22-19-1. The Defense put the clamps down, shutting out the Zips in the second half.
- Ohio (8-1, 4-1): Ohio got back on track after having their dream season derailed last week. The Bobcats are faced with the toughest part of their schedule closing out the season against three conference opponents whose collective record is a 20-7, including 12-3 in-conference, with the last two on the road.
- Bowling Green (6-3, 4-1): Bowling Green was on a BYE week preparing for weeknight MACtion against the Bobcats.
- Buffalo (2-7, 1-4): Buffalo won a game that started out pretty ugly but turned into an entertaining thriller on a FG set up by a 47 yard return after Miami had tied the game with 23 seconds left. The Bulls had -2 yards passing at the end of one quarter and only 35 at the half but it hardly mattered because Miami couldn't stop workhorse-back Branden Oliver and his 199 yards on 32 carries.
- Miami U. (4-5, 3-2): I admit that it bothered me a bit last week to write that Miami was a legitimate contender for the East crown. But because of their conference record and win over Ohio, they technically were still in the hunt. Miami's loss to Buffalo can pretty much end silly talk like that.
- Akron (1-9, 0-6): The Zips almost made it two consecutive weeks that a rival, with a less than spectacular record, defeated a top MAC team. Regardless of the record, Akron has shown that it is improving and moving in the right direction, it's just not there yet.
- UMass (0-9, 0-5): In three games against the MAC East, the Minutemen are 0-3 and have been outscored by a TOTAL of 38 points. In two games against teams from the West, UMass is 0-2 and has been outscored by an AVERAGE of 50.5 points per game. The Minutemen didn't even win the coin toss against the Huskies.