Wherein very little changes, though many things are probably about to.
I will say very little up here, because I am saving it for another post later today. Someone please explain the following to me:
Heading into last weekend, Rutgers was ranked 15th in the BCS, and Toledo and Kent State were kinda sorta but not really almost ranked. Then:
- Toledo just barely beat a bad Buffalo team
- Kent State beat Rutgers by two scores
Subsequently, coming into this weekend, Rutgers was 25th in the USA Today poll and out of both the AP and BCS. Kent and Toledo, in the meantime, were both closer to ranked, but still unranked.
This weekend, Kent State beat Akron, and neither Toledo nor Rutgers played, but both are ranked in the BCS now, ahead of Kent. I can't wait for the BCS to go away. The rankings!
|Rank||Rank (Pv)||Team||Record||What We Learned|
|1||4||KENT STATE||8-1 (5-0)||It took some time for the offense to get rolling, but another double-digit win is in the books. Next week could be easy or dangerous, depending on how the Redhawks are emotionally after the last two games.|
|2||2||NIU||9-1 (6-0)||Did they win? Yes. Does it mean anything? I don't know, you tell me - does it mean anything when you beat your four-year-old nephew in a backyard game of H-O-R-S-E?|
|3||5||OHIO||8-1 (4-1)||A solid win, but in all honesty you should dominate a team when your offense is this good and you face an opponent that tackles that poorly. A win is a win, but this one is relatively meaningless unless they use this momentum against the Falcons.|
|4||3||TOLEDO||8-1 (5-0)||An off Saturday that was really an extended prep week for tomorrow's tilt against Ball State|
|5||4||BGSU||6-3 (4-1)||An off week to prep for what will probably be their biggest home game in quite a while.|
|6||7||BALL STATE||6-3 (3-2)||Hope they are ready for the national TV audience and pressure of a home game against a ranked opponent. Time for a little bit of #Wenning.|
|7||6||MIAMI||4-5 (3-2)||Hey, Zac Dysert: how does it feel to lead your team on a do-it-yourself scoring drive where you go 8-for-12 for 71 yards and a go-ahead TD with 23 seconds left, only to watch your special teams give the game away?|
|8||9||WMU||4-6 (2-4)||TVT just kept plugging away in this one until his team got the lead, and a special teams turnover let Dareyon Chance finally show up and seal the deal.|
|9||8||CMU||3-6 (1-3)||Letting the opposing QB go 10-for-10 for 181 yards and 3 TD in the fourth quarter is a great way to toss away the 10 point lead you just built.|
|10||10||BUFFALO||2-7 (1-4)||Branden Oliver busted off a 32 yard run on his first carry and never looked back en route to 216 total yards, and it was just enough to snag a victory. That sounds about right.|
|11||11||AKRON||1-9 (0-6)||The Zips wound up on the wrong side of the score in the end, and their record is worse than EMU's - but at least they put a scare into their opponent well past halftime, even holding the lead until eight minutes into the third quarter.|
|12||12||EMU||1-8 (0-5)||Actually had the chance to watch this game, and I really wish I hadn't. I stopped watching at 31-14 because I got tired of counting missed tackles and blown DB assignments.|
|13||13||UMASS||0-9 (0-5)||Well, they hung tough for a quarter. I think we have now approached "is it over yet?" territory for the inaugural Minutemen FBS campaign.|