Well, it's week four in the books now, and the top is still the top, while the bottom is still the bottom.
There are... signs of trouble:
- BG's offense
- Toledo's pass defense
- EMU's entire team
...signs of hope:
- UMass' gradual progression
- Akron's offense
...and signs of business as usual (both Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch and Ball State's Keith Wenning with another late win *yawn*).
There are teams that seem to be settling into a groove, though that doesn't necessarily constitute a good thing (or even a sustainable pattern, in some cases).
Here's hoping that Branden Oliver is healthy, Keith Wenning continues, well...#Wenning, and EMU can go longer than two weeks before they match last season's win total.
Next week will bring some interesting games, but let's get a feel for the lay of the land as we speak on Monday morning, shall we?
|Rank||Rank (Pv)||Team||Record||What We Learned|
|1||1||OHIO||4-0||This is how a game against a doormat opponent is supposed to go. Tyler Tettleton sits and his replacement, Derrius Vick, goes out and dominates a bad team. Ohio will be fine against UMass no matter who plays QB.|
|2||2||BALL STATE||3-1 (1-0)||Another close win, but the Cardinals have now posted consecutive wins against the Big Ten and Big East - not exactly the SEC, but it matters.|
|3||3||TOLEDO||3-1 (1-0)||I would drop them lower if Northern Illinois played better, but giving up 356 yards passing to Coastal Carolina is not O.K. Three of their next four are better overall and at passing the ball.|
|4||4||NIU||3-1||More late heroics against an "alright" opponent. Jordan Lynch is carrying this team, but they need more than just him to step up against a CMU team that knocked off the Iowa squad they couldn't.|
|5||7||CMU||2-1||Not bad. A little better execution and this game isn't as close, but it's still a win against a Big 10 program. We'll see how they handle Jordan Lynch's explosiveness.|
|6||5||KENT STATE||2-1 (1-0)||The rush offense and overall defense both appear to be legit - though it's easy to stop Buffalo without their best offensive weapon. We'll see if this success holds up against better offenses to come.|
|7||9||WMU||2-2||Boy, I bet this Jekyll and Hyde deal is really fun to watch for you Bronco fans. And by fun, I mean what the hell happened to Alex Carder?|
|8||6||BUFFALO||1-2 (0-1)||Branden Oliver's injury destroyed their shot at winning, but they weren't exactly lighting the world on fire prior to that point. Hope he's healthy because otherwise their schedule is about to really suck.|
|9||11||AKRON||1-3||Maybe Akron's offense is for real after all. 344 yards on the road against the SEC, hanging in til the 4th quarter? I'm impressed. Hell, they'll probably beat Miami handily next week.|
|10||8||BGSU||1-3 (0-1)||Another offensive slumber party for the Falcons. They get rated below Akron because the Zips aren't winning either, but at least they're scoring.|
|11||10||MIAMI||2-2 (1-0)||Making an exception with the "rating by record, then by all else" platform here. They're 2-2, but they haven't beaten anyone of substance and haven't looked very good doing it.|
|12||12||EMU||0-4 (0-1)||The Eagles defense is allowing an average of 301 yards rushing per game. The offense is averaging 277.5 total yards per game.|
|13||13||UMASS||0-4 (0-1)||Well, they keep getting better. Not better enough to win, and they need to cut the turnovers, but they'll get there eventually|