A look around the MAC

By Jimmy Johnson

MAC East

Temple Owls

Head Coach – Al Golden

2010 Record – 8-2 (5-1 MAC)

Temple found its way to victory over Kent State, 28-10. Owls’ quarterback Mike Gerardi was highly effective through the air, throwing for 368 yards and two touchdown passes. Temple concluded with 465 yards of total offense.

Bowling Green Falcons

Head Coach – Dave Clawson

2010 Record – 2-7 (1-4 MAC)

Bowling Green will play Miami (OH) this Wednesday after enjoying a weekend off. Two weekends ago, The Falcons defeated Central Michigan, 17-14. Bowling Green currently sits in fifth place in the MAC East.

Kent State Golden Flashes

Head Coach – Doug Martin

2010 Record – 4-5 (3-3 MAC)

Kent State dropped to below .500 after losing to Temple, 28-10. The Golden Flashes offense failed to produce a touchdown in the game, as the lone score came via special teams with a blocked punt which was recovered for a score.

Buffalo Bulls

Head Coach – Jeff Quinn

2010 Record – 2-7 (1-4 MAC)

Buffalo quarterback Boo Jackson was a jack of all trades in the Bulls’ 34-17 victory over Ohio. Jackson threw two touchdowns passes, caught one and ran for a score. The receptions came from Phil Bates, who also threw a 26-yard pass to Jackson.

Akron Zips

Head Coach – Rob Ianello

2010 Record – 0-10 (0-6)

Time is running out for Akron to earn its first victory of the season after the Zips fell to Ball State in double overtime, 37-30. Offensively, Zips’ quarterback Patrick Nicely lobbed four touchdown passes while running back Alex Allen ran for 165 yards. Akron has now lost 14-straight road games.

Miami RedHawks

Head Coach – Michael Haywood

2010 Record – 5-4 (4-1 MAC)

Miami (OH) will hit the road Wednesday to take on Bowling Green. The RedHawks are still in contention for the MAC East title with Temple and Ohio. Miami is currently in third place in the MAC East standings.


MAC West

Ball State Cardinals

Head Coach – Stan Parrish

2010 Record – 3-7 (2-4 MAC)

It took two overtimes for Ball State to defeat Akron, 37-30. Cardinals’ quarterback Keith Wenning tossed a 19-yard touchdown pass to tight end David Schneider, which clinched the victory. Wenning was the catalyst for Ball State’s offense as he threw three touchdown passes in the game.

Central Michigan Chippewas

Head Coach – Dan Enos

2010 Record – 3-7 (2-5 MAC)

Central Michigan quarterback Ryan Radcliff rallied his team to victory over Western Michigan, 26-22. In the fourth quarter, Radcliff found Kito Poblah for a five-yard touchdown pass. Radcliff passed for 300 yards with a pair of scores through the air.

Eastern Michigan Eagles

Head Coach – Ron English

2010 Record- 1-8 (1-4 MAC)

Eastern Michigan had no game this week. Last week, the Eagles were blown out by Toledo at home, 42-7. The next game for EMU will be when it takes on Western Michigan on November 13.

Northern Illinois Huskies

Head Coach – Jerry Kill

2010 Record – 7-2 (5-0 MAC)

NIU takes on Toledo in a MAC West matchup Tuesday night. The conference showdown will likely determine who represents the MAC West in the conference championship. The Huskies, who received nine votes in this week’s AP Poll, haven’t been to a MAC Championship game since 2005.

Toledo Rockets

Head Coach – Tim Beckman

2010 Record – 6-3 (5-0 MAC)

Toledo will try to knock off one its biggest rivals in NIU on Tuesday night. The Rockets leads the series all-time with a record of 29-8-0. The winner of this game will likely set itself for an appearance in the MAC championship.

Western Michigan Broncos

Head Coach -Bill Cubit

2010 Record – 3-6 (2-3 MAC)

Despite having the lead for the majority in the second half, Western Michigan fell apart and lost to Central Michigan, 226-22. The Broncos’ defense gave up two touchdowns after having a 22-13 lead. Western Michigan quarterback Alex Carder threw for 272 yards with two touchdown passes.