Mid-American Conference East Division Power Rankings: Week 8
By now, we’ve learned that Temple is the class of a division that only boasts two winning teams. We’ve also learned that one of those teams – Ohio University – has completely lost its winning edge. Preseason favorite Miami of Ohio probably won’t win a division title. But at least the RedHawks are finally on a winning streak. But in all seriousness, those victories came against less-than-stellar opponents.
Here’s a look at my power rankings:
1. Temple (5-2, 3-1 MAC) – The Owls will tell you that they have a tough three-game stretch at Bowling Green (Saturday), at Ohio (Nov. 2) and home against Miami of Ohio (Nov.9). But anything other than a sweep would be a huge disappointment for Temple. The Owls beat their last two opponents by a combined, 76-0, score.
2. Bowling Green (3-4, 1-2) – Things have been rough for the Falcons. They head into Saturday’s tilt with Temple on a three-game skid. But folks at Bowling Green could point out that they had a better showing against Toledo than Temple. They lost 28-21 to the Rockets this past Saturday, while Toledo crushed, 36-13 on Oct. 1. While that’s nice to point out, I won’t give the Falcons an advantage.
3. Buffalo (2-5, 1-2) – The Bulls are on an emotional rollercoaster. After losing 41-10 to Tennessee, Buffalo recorded a confidence-boosting 38-37 victory over Ohio. The confidence boost was short-lived as the Bulls were crushed 34-0 by Temple on Saturday. It doesn’t get any easier. This upcoming Saturday, they’ll face a Northern Illinois team that just beat Western Michigan, 51-22.
4. Ohio University (4-3, 1-2) – What happened to the Bobcats? Two weeks ago, Ohio was the division’s team to beat. Then the Bobcats lost a game to Buffalo they had no business losing. And last weekend, Ohio placekicker Matt Weller missed a 41-yard field goal that would have tied the score with 36 seconds remaining. Ball State holds on to win, 23-20.
5. Miami of Ohio (2-4, 1-1) – The RedHawks are on a winning streak. One week after beating Army, 35-28, Miami of Ohio beat Kent State, 9-3, last Saturday. While nice, these aren't exactly quality wins for the division’s preseason favorite. Army and Kent State have a combined three victories. The RedHawks’ true test comes this Saturday at Toledo.
6. Kent State (1-6, 0-3) – The Golden Flashes’ offensive struggles are mounting. After being held to 10 points in consecutive games, Kent State scored just three points in last weekend’s setback. The Golden Flashes have the nation’s worst scoring offense (10.71 points per game.)
7. Akron (1-5, 0-2) – I actually considered moving Akron up one spot and dropping Kent State. While Kent State can’t score, the Zip can’t stop opposing running backs. Akron ranks 102 nationally in rushing defense (204.5 yards per game).