Ohio is team to beat in MAC East

Steve Addazio and Temple are coming off a tough stretch against Penn State, Maryland and Toledo. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)

Mid-American Conference East Division Power Rankings

So far, Ohio University is the team to beat in the MAC East.

1. Ohio University (4-1, 1-0 MAC) – The Bobcats are off to their best start since 1997.  Ohio U. also improved to 3-0 at home for the first time in six seasons after being Kent State last Saturday.  Quarterback Tyler Tettleton has thrown for over 250 passing yards in each of the past three games. The sophomore has eight touchdown passes in the red zone.

2. Temple (3-2, 1-1) – The Owls weren’t “Temple TUFF” in last week’s 36-13 setback to Toledo.  Things should get better for Temple, which is coming off a tough three-game stretch against Penn State, Maryland and Toledo.  Running back Bernard Pierce is two rushing touchdowns shy of breaking Paul Palmer’s school career record (39).

3.  Bowling Green (3-2, 1-0) – The Falcons are coming off a 45-point setback to West Virginia. Despite that shellacking, Bowling Green has had a solid start. The Falcons opened the season with 32-15 and 58-13 victories over Idaho and Morgan State before suffering a 28-27 setback to Wyoming. Bowling Green then beat MAC East preseason favorite Miami of Ohio, 37-23, in Week 4.

4. Miami of Ohio (0-4, 0-1) –  The RedHawks haven’t looked like a team that won the MAC championship a season ago. Nor does Miami look like a team picked to win this season’s division title.  The RedHawks have been outscored, 110-52. They were competitive against Missouri and Minnesota before being blown out against Bowling Green and Cincinnati.

5. Kent State (1-4, 0-1) –  The Golden Flashes have struggled on offense, scoring more than 12 points in just one game this season. And that’s when Kent State beat South Alabama, 33-25, in a game that it almost blew a 33-point cushion in. Don’t expect Kent State to win a lot of games if it can’t score.

6. Buffalo (1-4, 0-1) – The Bulls will be Temple’s homecoming opponent for a reason: guaranteed victory.  Opposing teams have scored on a combined 18 of 20 trips to the red zone against Buffalo.  Sixteen of those trips ended in touchdowns. On the positive side, running back Branden Oliver is averaging 100 rushing yards a game.

7. Akron (1-4, 0-2) – Let’s just say the Zips are experiencing growing pains. Akron, which has played 13 true freshmen, gave up an average of 43.2 points in their four losses. Junior college transfer Clayton Moore was supposed to be an upgrade at quarterback. Instead, he’s only completing 47.7 percent of his pass attempts.