Another eventful weekend in the MAC, with further shifting in the balance of power, big comebacks, and the end of a miserable losing streak.
Miami 27, Central Michigan 20- This one should have gone to overtime, but the Chips missed a wide-open Miami receiver who sprinted away for a 71 yard game winner with 19 seconds left. Miami is just two games away from bowl eligibility. Next Week: Ohio at Miami, Central Michigan at Northern Illinois
Temple 28, Bowling Green 27- Bowling Green decided to go for two after scoring what should have been the tying touchdown late in the game, came up short, and saw Temple escape with this one. Of course, it shouldn’t have been that close, but Temple’s offense remains questionable. Next Week: Temple at Buffalo, Kent State at Bowling Green
Eastern Michigan 41, Ball State 38- This was a bizarre game. Ball State couldn’t protect a 21-0 lead, as EMU stormed back to lead 35-28, but couldn’t hold that as Ball State tied the game and sent it to overtime. Ball State kicked a field goal to start things off, but the Eagles responded with a touchdown to win their first game since 2008. Next Week: Eastern Michigan at Virginia (why?), Ball State at Toledo
Ohio 38, Akron 10- Akron was noncompetitive once again as Ohio went up big early and coasted to the finish. Next Week: Ohio at Miami, Western Michigan at Akron
Notre Dame 44, Western Michigan 20- The Broncos lost ground in the first half giving up big plays and short fields to the Irish, and couldn’t keep up as Notre Dame finished them off in the second half. Next Week: Western Michigan at Akron
Northern Illinois 45, Buffalo 14- Buffalo hung around a while, trailing 21-14 at halftime, but NIU shut them out in the second half and stays unbeaten in MAC play. Next Week: Central Michigan at Northern Illinois, Temple at Buffalo
Toledo 34, Kent State 21- I thought Toledo 2009 was back, the inconsistent club that could have won or contended for the MAC title but kept losing winnable games. Kent State led at halftime, 21-7, but Toledo stomped them in the 2nd half, with 27 unanswered points and their third MAC win. Next Week: Ball State at Toledo, Kent State at Bowling Green
Division Title Races
No big changes atop the East leaderboard, as Miami, Ohio, Temple, and Buffalo still control their destiny, as the only losses are to West teams and none have played each other. Kent State could rally with help, but Bowling Green and of course Akron are toast.
Toledo and Northern Illinois are barreling toward their November 9 Tuesday showdown which could decide the division. Western Michigan is still alive, but already needs Toledo to lose twice even if they win out.
Week 7 Power Rankings
No big changes at the top, although the bottom end is a bigger mess than ever- in terms of 1A wins, Ball State’s only win is over CMU, CMU’s only win is over EMU, and EMU’s only win is over Ball State.
- Northern Illinois
- Western Michigan
- Kent State
- Bowling Green
- Central Michigan
- Eastern Michigan
- Ball State