Mid-American Conference East Division Power Rankings: Week 7
These power rankings were tough this week. That’s because Temple is perhaps the lone hot team in a subpar seven-team division. Four of the squads have losing records and another team is 3-3. And one of the two winning squads lost to a team coming off a three-game skid. So I had to rank the teams based on their cumulative-game performances. Head-to-head action was considered when it came to Buffalo and Ohio University. Even still, teams 3-5 are basically interchangeable.
1. Temple (4-2, 2-1 MAC) – When focused, the Owls are the class of this division. Temple easily disposed on MAC West opponent Ball State on Saturday. If they can duplicate their intensity from that game, the Owls should destroy Buffalo this weekend’s homecoming tilt.
2. Bowling Green (3-3, 1-1) – The Falcons’ best win came over Football Championship Subdivision member Morgan State. Since then, Bowling Green has lost three of four games. The Falcons lost the last two games by a combined 69 points. And things won’t get easier this week against MAC favorite Toledo. Even still, Bowling Green is better than Buffalo and Ohio, right now.
3. Buffalo (2-4, 1-1) – The Bulls followed up a 41-0 setback to Tennessee with a 38-37 victory over Ohio. Branden Oliver’s 1-yard touchdown run on fourth down capped an 18-play, 78-yard drive to give Buffalo a four-point cushion with 5 minutes, 45 seconds remaining. The Bulls sealed the victory by sacking Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton on a fourth-down play with 1:52 left. That’s an exciting way to snap a three-game skid. Can Buffalo pull off back-to-back victories over division powers? Temple fans will find out Saturday.
4. Ohio University (4-2, 1-1) – The Bobcats lost a game it had no business losing. So they drop three places to No. 4. In that setback, Ohio gave up 510 yards of offense, while Tettleton was held to his lowest passing yardage (203) in four weeks. Did coach Frank Solich fail to get his team ready to play?
5. Miami of Ohio (1-4, 0-1) – The RedHawks gave new coach Don Treadwell his first win when they beat Army, 35-28, on Saturday. Junior quarterback Zac Dysert contributed to all five touchdowns. He passed for 342 yards and four scores and rushed for another touchdown. Miami has another winable game this weekend at Kent State before facing Toledo on Oct. 22.
6. Kent State (1-5, 0-2) – The Golden Flashes continued their poor offensive showing, scoring just 10 points in 30-point loss to North Illinois. Kent State was held to 10 points for the second consecutive week and rank No. 119 nationally in scoring offense.
7. Akron (1-5, 0-2) – The Zips pulled within three points late in the third quarter. But Florida International University killed their momentum by responding with a touchdown on the ensuing possession. Akron has given up an average of 217 rushing yards during the last two games.