Army @ Boston College
Army will drop to 1-3 when they enter Alumni Stadium to face Boston College. Nothing is firing for the Black Knights right now and any course correction made during the week isn’t going to stand up to the number 14 (AP)/number 12 (coaches) team in the nation.
Duke @ Navy
The Midshipmen look to pull even on the season hosting the Duke Blue Devils. While they’re still plenty of issues for Navy that need addressing, Duke will put up no challenge whatsoever.
One would assume that after the somewhat less than thrilling results, many in the Mid-American Conference can't wait to put the non-conference schedule behind them.
Well, that's probably not true. But from a pure wins and losses standpoint, the conference has not performed all that well.
This week, there are a pair of conference games, but also a few games that will probably be somewhat one-sided (Nebraska-Ball State).
Overall, there are nine games with MAC teams, but only two conference games. Let's focus on those.
Bowling Green hosts Temple. This game might be the most crucial in the Falcons season. The Owls aren't any good, but they did end a long losing streak last year against BG. If the Falcons want to convince everyone they are better, are on the right track, then they need to win this game. Tyler Sheehan, BG's quarterback, ought to provide the offense. The question is whether the Falcons' defense can do better than it did a year ago.
Temple is 0-3, but is coming off a tough loss to Connecticut. Running back Jason Harper was a workhorse for the Owls, taking the ball 22 times for 122 yards. Basically, BG can't afford to take the Owls lightly.
In the other MAC game, Kent State takes on Akron. Neither team has played a conference game.
The Golden Flashes have shown an ability to put up points, scoring 38 last week in a win over Deleware State. KSU's Eugene Jarvis rolled for 136 yards in the win, scoring a touchdown, while quarterback Julian Edelman threw for 267 yards and three TDs. Trying to keep that offense in check will be an Akron squad that gave up 41 points a week ago in a loss to Indiana. A bright spot for the Zips offensively was Jabari Arthur, who had 118 yards receiving. But if Akron gives up 520 yards again, it won't mean much.
In other games, one of the league's best teams – Central Michigan – hosts North Dakota State. The Chippewas' 1-2 record has less to do with their talent and more to do with a tough schedule. Miami will likely be beat up by Colorado, while Northern Illinois (0-3) will play at Idaho.