MAC Blog: Week 3

There weren’t many surprises for the Mid-American Conference in Week 3. Teams either played inferior FCS opponents and faired well or were overmatched by BCS opponentsand put in their place. But such is the MAC non-conference schedule. Without further ado, let’s hit the rundown.

Buffalo running back earned Speakeasy’s MAC Player of the Week after a stellar performance against Morgan State. (Photo from Buffalo Athletics)

Player of the Week: Buffalo RB Brandon Oliver. There were plenty of people gunning for the number one spot this week. Western Michigan’s Alex Carder threw five touchdowns, Toledo’s Terrance Owens threw four, and Buffalo’s Alex Zordich threw four of his own. Even Akron’s (yes, you read that correctly) Dalton Williams threw five touchdowns. But none top Oliver’s 238 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns. Think about it: every time he was handed the ball, he got his team 9.5 yards. Take a look.

Goat of the Week: Eastern Michigan QB Alex Gillett. When Mid-American Conference teams schedule FCS opponents, they’re usually on the schedule for an easy W. Nothing against a solid program like Illinois State, but the Eagles handed this one away. Gillett tossed three picks and completed less than 50% of his passes as he let the Redbirds jump out to an early 10-0 lead.

Surprise of the Week: Akron QB Dalton Williams. That’s right, Dalton gets multiple shout outs for his big week. And yes, this may be the last time he appears by name in this blog for the rest of the season. But if it wasn’t for Williams’ fourth quarter drive (where he accounted for over half the yards on the ground and through the air,) Akron would have never forced overtime against FIU.

Disappointment of the Week: Kent State vs. Kentucky. Is Kentucky more talented than Kent State? Probably. But when the Golden Flashes struck first blood and led 7-0 after the first quarter, everyone in MAC Land got excited. Kent hung with the Wildcats until early in the second half, then promptly pooped the bed and allowed 30-straight points. No one expected an upset, but Kent State blew a chance for a historic victory.

Fashion Update: Central Michigan debuted some sweet “Darth Vader” jerseys complete with a nice matte finish helmet. If games were decided on aesthetics, the Chippewas would not have lost by 34. It was a Ying-Yang game in Foxboro, as UMass went black on black vs. Indiana, who went white on white. Finally, Ohio came out in an interesting white-black-white combo never seen before.

Break of the Week: Denard Robinson, avert your eyes! Your week 3 opponent, Massachusetts, knocked Indiana quarterback Tre Roberson out of the game by literally SNAPPING HIS LEG IN 2 PIECES (Warning: Those with week stomachs may also want to avert your eyes.)

Maze of the Week: In a segment that is sure to never be repeated ever again, Wheeler Farms in Whitehouse, Ohio, created this corn maze to commemorate this week’s I-75 Rivalry between Bowling Green and Toledo.

What to Watch For, Week 3: The most impressive looking team thus far, Ohio, takes on rival (some would say archrival) Marshall in Huntington…Miami toes the smurf turf in Boise for what is sure to be an interesting matchup…Will the real Western Michigan please stand up? A BCS opponent like Minnesota should bring out the best in the Broncos…Ball State gets another game under the lights in a “rivalry” matchup with Indiana…Is this finally the week? After 10 straight losses and nearly an entire year of torment, Akron looks to end its timeline of terror against the same Morgan State team that fell to Buffalo 56-34 in week 2. And this may be their last chance for a W until a November 10 matchup with UMass.

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