MAC Dream League: Week 6 Simulation

The following are simulated football games to determine the best team of the last 15 years. We're putting 16 of the finest MAC football teams (at least one per school) through a 12-game simulation, followed by a four-team playoff and championship game in Detroit. All games are simulated by WhatIfSports (I'd show you the box scores if they archived 'em).

One of the crazy trends I've noticed is that, despite best efforts to level out the divisions with good teams here, bad teams there ... the Lambert Division has asserted itself as the better division. Maybe this means: perceived parity across divisions is never a thing. See, we learn things by doing!

But the big game this week: undefeated 2003 Miami at undefeated 2011 Toledo. Roethlisberger! Page! Lots of points! Well, the game was 27-17 at halftime in favor of the Rockets. See how it ended...


MAC DREAM LEAGUE WEEK 6 1 2 3 4 Total
2003 Miami (5-1) 10 7 7 6 30
2011 Toledo (6-0) 14 13 3 11 41

TOLEDO — Whoa. I guess the undefatigable RedHawks were defatigated.

Big games all around. Starting with Terrance Owens, the future Padres draft pick went 22-for-29 with 267 yards, three touchdowns, an interception and a rushing TD. Adonis Thomas ran for 224 yards on 22 carries (!) and added 42 more yards receiving on a pair of catches. Eric Page had nine receptions for 74 yards and three TDs. Topping it off, Ryan Casano went 4-for-4 on field goals, long of 48.

And this must've been Miami's Iowa game. Ben Roethlisberger went 24-for-38, 286 yards, two touchdowns and two INTs. Calvin Murray had 100 yards even on 18 carries with a touchdown. Martin Nance hauled in seven passes for 129 yards and a TD. Larry Burt recorded two sacks. And Jared Parseghian, pride of St. John's Jesuit, went 3-for-3 on field goals, long of 49.

And in the fourth quarter alone, the RedHawks breached UT territory four times but could only account for two field goals.


MAC DREAM LEAGUE WEEK 6 1 2 3 4 Total
2000 Western Michigan (3-3) 7 10 3 7 27
2008 Ball State (5-1) 17 0 10 13 40

MUNCIE — Ah, this Ball State run is making me pine for that 2008 season. And the Dante Love numbers. I'm salivating.

This game kicked out a gargantuan game from Nate Davis. He had 397 yards on 22-for-36 passing and two touchdowns. Dante Love had 143 yards on eight catches and a TD. Louis Johnson got 107 yards on three catches. And Ian McGarvey had a 4-for-7 day on field goals, making a long of 50 and missing from 43, 49 and 46.

WMU, again, was Robert Sanford being huge in a losing effort. He eclipsed the 200-yard mark, going 205 yards on 29 carries and scoring twice.


MAC DREAM LEAGUE WEEK 6 1 2 3 4 Total
2001 Kent State (3-3) 7 0 0 3 10
2003 Northern Illinois (3-3) 14 17 3 3 37

DEKALB — Michael Turner's game was large: 151 yards on 28 rushes and two touchdowns. P.J. Fleck racked up 120 yards on six catches, including a 66-yard touchdown to open the game.

Kent State's lone touchdown was on a 67-yard Gary Magee interception return, which led the team in all-purpose yards. Other than that, just 223 yards of offense. The team also picked off Josh Haldi three times overall, which is nice ... but weird that they could only get 10 points out of all that.


MAC DREAM LEAGUE WEEK 6 1 2 3 4 Total
1997 Miami (1-5) 0 7 7 3 17
1999 Marshall (6-0) 14 14 0 3 31

HUNTINGTON — Not a recording: Chad Pennington with another great game. 291 yards on 18-for-30 passing, three touchdowns and an INT. Llow Turner ran for 69 yards on six carries, including a rushing touchdown and also added 43 yards receiving on three balls.

Miami's Travis Prentice went 116 yards on 29 carries and 34 yards on three receptions, scoring a TD each way. MU's Bryan McCullough and Dustin Cohen each recorded two sacks. But this is not going well for the old school RedHawks.


MAC DREAM LEAGUE WEEK 6 1 2 3 4 Total
2005 Eastern Michigan (1-5) 0 10 0 0 10
2009 Central Michigan (4-2) 0 0 13 3 16

MOUNT PLEASANT — Again, nothing wondrous from the CMU offense, but just enough. Dan LeFevour danned around for 14-for-18 passing, 185 yards and a touchdown. Antonio Brown totaled 72 yards on six catches and Bryan Schroeder ran in the other TD.

A close affair and it looks like field goals made the difference. EMU Andrew Wellock hit a 41-yarder but missed from 51, 44, and a potentially game-tying 58-yarder in the final quarter. Daniel Holtzclaw had the Eagles' two sacks and Dwayne Harrison ran in for the lone touchdown, on 11 carries for 45 yards.


MAC DREAM LEAGUE WEEK 6 1 2 3 4 Total
2011 OHIO (2-4) 7 14 7 10 38
2003 Akron (1-5) 10 3 0 14 27

AKRON — And the Bobcats are not out of this! Monster game from Tyler Tettleton: 20-for-24, 209 yards, four touchdowns and 15 carries for 44 yards. Donte Harden had 205 rushing yards on 25 carries and a touchdown; he also caught a TD with 21 yards on three catches.

The Zips had an OK game from Charlie Frye: 16-for-24, 207 yards, two touchdowns. Bobby Hendry ran it 24 times for 114 yards and Jason Swiger knocked in both his field goals from 27 and 45.


MAC DREAM LEAGUE WEEK 6 1 2 3 4 Total
2004 Bowling Green (2-4) 7 3 10 24 44
2008 Buffalo (2-4) 7 7 0 10 24

BUFFALO — Finally, one of those scintillating Omar Jacobs games I remember. The dreadlocked wonder threw for four touchdowns and 305 yards on 22-for-35 passing. Charles Sharon led the pack with 90 yards receiving on six catches. Cole Magner caught two touchdowns on seven receptions for 73 yards. P.J. Pope ran for 122 yards on 21 attempts, adding 46 yards receiving on three catches. The defense accounted for five sacks, led by Jamien Johnson who had two, and even Shaun Suisham did well on 3-of-4 field goals, long of 48 and missing from 48.

Drew Willy had 258 yards on 19-for-35 passing, two touchdowns and an INT. Naaman Roosevelt got 113 of those yards on six catches and a touchdown; James Starks accounted for 150 total yards and a rushing touchdown.


MAC DREAM LEAGUE WEEK 6 1 2 3 4 Total
2000 Toledo (3-3) 7 0 0 3 10
2011 Temple (0-6) 7 7 10 3 27

PHILADELPHIA — And everybody's finally won a game. Everybody's happy. Not 2000 Toledo, though. This game was all running, all the time: 460 combined rushing yards, just 242 passing. Bernard Pierce saw 30 carries and ran 104 yards; Matt Brown also ran 15 times for 127 yards, including a 63-yard sprint and a 10-yard touchdown. Temple's Chester Stewart did throw a touchdown, and was only 6-for-8 for 86 yards, but also accounted for a rushing touchdown too.

Chester Taylor ran 28 times for UT, going 127 yards and their only touchdown.

STANDINGS:

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STATISTICS:

Rushing
Robert Sanford (2000 WMU) - 1013 yards, 6.29 YPC, 9 TD
Adonis Thomas (2011 Toledo) - 955 yards, 6.77 YPC, 9 TD
Michael Turner (2003 NIU) - 882 yards, 5.31 YPC, 6 TD
Chester Taylor (2000 Toledo) - 862 yards, 5.13 YPC, 5 TD
Bernard Pierce (2011 Temple) - 783 yards, 4.63 YPC, 1 TD

Receiving
Martin Nance (2003 Miami) - 37 rec, 614 yards, 4 TD
Eric Page (2011 Toledo) - 57 rec, 593 yards, 8 TD
Naaman Roosevelt (2008 Buffalo) - 37 rec, 577 yards, 4 TD
Nate Poole (1999 Marshall) - 38 rec, 573 yards, 5 TD
Dante Love (2008 Ball State) - 42 rec, 569 yards, 5 TD

Passing (by rating)
Ben Roethlsiberger (2003 Miami) - 145-for-189, 1945 yards, 17 TD, 5 INT (187.6 rating)
Chad Pennington (1999 Miami) - 133-for-194, 1922 yards, 16 TD, 3 INT (175.9 rating)
Terrance Owens (2011 Toledo) - 151-for-201, 1901 yards, 12 TD, 4 INT (167.8 rating)
Nate Davis (2008 Ball State) - 132-for-205, 1950 yards, 12 TD, 3 INT (160.7 rating)
Tyler Tettleton (2011 OHIO) - 112-for-175, 1511 yards, 15 TD, 4 INT (160.2 rating)

Defense
Antonio King (2001 Kent State) - 9 sacks
JoJuan Armour (1997 Miami) - 5 sacks
James Harrison (2001 Kent State) - 5 sacks

Nashville Dyer (2001 Kent State) - 4 INT
Rickey McKenzie (2003 Akron) - 4 INT
Jamie Taylor (1997 Miami) - 3 INT
Ronald Rogers (2000 WMU) - 3 INT

Kicking
Ryan Casano (2011 Toledo) - 17/17 FG, long 48
Steve Azar (2003 NIU) - 12/13, long 49
Jared Parseghian (2003 Miami) - 9/10, long 49
Andrew Aguila (2009 CMU) - 8/8, long 50

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