Just another 7-2 day at the office last week. Then again, who of us saw Temple over Buffalo?
12 noon — Toledo (2-2) at Ball State (0-4) (TV: ESPN Plus/GamePlan)
I don't know if Aaron Opelt is a better quarterback than Dan LeFevour, but which would you rather have on your team? Sure, LeFevour poses a threat to run the ball, but with Opelt, you don't even need a punter. The UT quarterback kicked the ball three times for 96 yards, including a 40-yarder against Florida International. So if the main problem for the team is punting, they really won't have to worry about it against Ball State, who allows over 400 yards per game. Toledo 48, Ball State 26
1 p.m. — Temple (1-2, 1-0 MAC) at Eastern Michigan (0-3) (TV: Nope)
The Owls' win over Buffalo was a shock to the groin of common logic in the MAC East. Just when you thought you knew who the best team was in the division … the balance of power was shifted. But Temple can't rest on that marquee win, especially if UB continues to freefall. Eastern is well rested but is unsure which quarterback to use. Ooh, that'll be fun. Two quarterbacks! WILDCAT™! Still winless, though. Temple 26, EMU 20
1 p.m. — No. 10 Cincinnati (4-0, 1-0 Big East) at Miami (0-4, 0-2 MAC) (TV: ESPN360)
Ha. Haha. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. [wipes tear from eye] Cincinnati 47, Miami 3
3:30 p.m. — Western Michigan (2-2, 1-0 MAC) at Northern Illinois (2-2) (TV: CSN Chicago/ESPN GamePlan/ESPN360)
Okay, enough East Division bashing. It's time for some solid MAC West contender elimination. WMU is going to have a brutal next three weeks, starting off with this game and then traveling to Toledo and finally hosting Central. NIU gets a bye next week, and . Advantage, home team. NIU 34, WMU 24
3:30 p.m. — Central Michigan (3-1, 1-0 MAC) at Buffalo (1-3, 0-1 MAC) (TV: T-W SportsNet-Buffalo/ESPN GamePlan/ESPN360)
There's only one team really playing any kind of respectable football in the conference, and that's CMU. Even without a win over Michigan State, they're still bustin' skulls unlike anyone else.
And if anyone else is taking a nosedive, that would be the defending MAC champs. Turner Gill could've been the coach at Auburn or Nebraska or Syracuse or Iowa State or, well, anywhere but Buffalo. And don't get me wrong, the MAC's glad to have him, but his team is having trouble keeping up with Temple. However, since this is a home game in cushy UB Stadium, and we all know about the unforgiving parity of the conference, two great streaks end today. At least it'll be fun. Oregon Trail fun. Buffalo 41, CMU 37
4 p.m. — Ohio (2-2) at Bowling Green (1-3) (TV: Nope)
Potentially the two best teams in The MAC East. If this game is in November, it's the must-watch game in the conference. But no. No TV for you. So just imagine in your head a surprisingly efficient defense facing an inconsistent offense. And every 10 minutes or so, visualize a soap commercial featuring some quirky acting. Then buy the soap. Bowling Green 21, Ohio 16
7 p.m. — Kent State (2-2, 1-0 MAC) at Baylor (2-1) (TV: FS Southwest)
The day of MAC games ends with, for some reason, Kent State playing a game in Texas. The Flashes have a shot at this with Bears sophomore QB Robert Griffin gonesies for the year with the dreaded torn ACL. However, the Bears run like the opening credits on The Drew Carey Show, going 209 yards a game, and almost seven yards per carry, second in the nation only to Florida. Chew on that for awhile. Baylor 31, Kent State 10