Today was a thumbs-up day for the mitten. Eastern Michigan took down Akron 31-23, Western Michigan "upset" UConn 38-31 and Central Michigan held on in unlikely fashion to top Northern Illinois 48-41. In the Big Ten, Michigan State edged Ohio State 10-7 and Michigan pounded future MAC school Minnesota 58-0.
Now for some blasphemy:
Fight, Central, down the field
Onward for the brown and gold
Look to the sky, the Eagles will fly
Fight for the only colors
The leaders and best!
It was the first time in almost 17 years, the lifespan of a high school recruit, that all five FBS schools from the Wolverine State recorded wins on the same day.
The last time this anomaly happened was November 5, 1994. The scores that day:
EMU 42, Akron 18
WMU 15, OHIO 3
CMU 45, Toledo 27
Michigan 45, Purdue 23
Michigan State 35, Northwestern 17
True things about that day:
Central Michigan's quarterback: Erik Timpf
Eastern Michigan's quarterback: Michael Armour
Western Michigan's quarterback: Jay McDonagh
Michigan's quarterback: Todd Collins
Michigan State's quarterback: Tony Banks
Heisman Trophy winner that year: Rashaan Salaam
No. 1 song on the Billboard charts: "I'll Make Love To You" by Boyz II Men
We may not know when this will happen again, but when it does, we can be sure of one thing: Akron will be involved.