Week 8 Top 10 (plus 1)

There was a bit of a shake-up in the rankings this week as San Diego State was clobbered at home by Boise State, a team that looked like it may be headed for a losing season. With the SDSU loss, that opens a big-time opportunity for teams in the American Athletic Conference as South Florida and Central Florida both remain undefeated.

Here is this week’s rankings:

  1. UCF (5-0) — Sure they are ranked lower than USF, but schedule thus far is slightly better. Golden Knights take on Navy this weekend.
  2. USF (6-0) — A road trip to Tulane doesn’t seem like much of a challenge.
  3. Boise State (4-2) — A tough schedule so far (ranked No. 54) and a win over No. 19 San Diego State was huge.
  4. San Diego State (6-1) — There is still a lot to play for this year for the Aztecs as they may have the last laugh in the Mountain West title game against Boise.
  5. Memphis (5-1) — The Tigers are legit, or are they. We’ll find out Thursday night against Houston.
  6. Toledo (5-1) — The Rockets are flying under the radar for now.
  7. Navy (5-1) — The AAC is deep, but that may be a problem for many of these teams.
  8. Colorado State (5-2) — The Rams nearly lost at home to a not-so-good Nevada team. Their defense may be the downfall.
  9. Houston (4-2) — Thursday night against Memphis will be a big one for the Cougars as well.
  10. Western Michigan (4-3) — The Broncos will play cross-state rival Eastern Michigan this weekend. The winner will be the third best team in the state.
  11. SMU (4-2) — A win this weekend at Cincinnati gets them closer to a bowl game.
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Week 3 winners: MAC shows its strength against Big XII; SDSU tops Stanford

The Mid-American Conference has always been able to hold its own with the big boys of college football, and on Saturday it showed that strength again. Of course the MAC is awesome and we love the late-night MACtion, but regardless of how awful Nebraska is right now, a win in Lincoln is just down right super. That’s what Northern Illinois was able to do — walk into a hostile Big Ten stadium and walk away with a win.

So which Group of 5 team has the biggest win of Week 3? There is plenty to choose from, let’s take a look.

  1. Northern Illinois (2-1) – NIU gets the top spot this week because it went into a Big Ten stadium and came away with a win. This is not an easy task, despite how poor a team Nebraska might be.
  2. San Diego State (3-0) – A win at home against Stanford is a great program win for Rocky Long and Co. The Aztecs are legit and will get to prove that in the coming week as, you guessed it, Northern Illinois comes to SoCal.
  3. Memphis (2-0) – The Tigers had a shoot-out with UCLA at the Liberty Bowl, ending with a 48-45 win over the Bruins. Memphis has a easy game this week against Southern Illinois.
  4. Ohio (2-1) – The Bobcats took care of Kansas at home. Any time you get a Big XII team on your own turf, it’s special, even if it is a team that is as bad as Kansas.
  5. South Florida (3-0) – The Bulls beat the snot out of Illinois, perhaps the worst Power 5 team in the nation.

Week 3 rankings (Top 10, plus 1)

Week three is already upon us, but before we head into the weekend, it’s time to unveil our Top 10 Plus 1. One team probably could have moved up to No. 1, but it let go of a 21-point lead to a Top 25 team. Yeah, we’re talking about you, Boise State! But another Mountain West team, San Diego State, topped a Pac12 team on the road, defeating Arizona State in Tempe.

  1. San Diego State (2-0) Good win on the road earns the Aztecs the top spot this week.
  2. USF (2-0) Two wins against no-names, but the Bulls are in the Top 25 AP poll.
  3. Houston (1-0) The Cougars notched a win on the road at Arizona.
  4. Boise State (2-1) The Broncos topped New Mexico, 28-14 Thursday night
  5. Central Michigan (2-0) The Chips have another winnable game against Syracuse
  6. Eastern Michigan (2-0) Because the Eagles beat a Big Ten team
  7. Toledo (2-0) Maybe the best team in the MAC
  8. Army (2-0) The Black Knights are 2-0. Freedom!
  9. Navy (2-0) Lower the Army ’cause it lost last year to Black Knights
  10. Air Force (1-0) The Falcons won’t be on this list next week after a trip to Ann Arbor
  11. Old Dominion (2-0) Why not, the Monarchs are off and running this year

Eastern Michigan gets first B1G win, tops Rutgers on the road

Ok, so we all know that Rutgers is probably one of the worst Power 5 teams in America, but so what! EASTERN MICHIGAN went on the road and beat a Big Ten team! It was also the team’s first win over any Power 5.

And that’s all that matters!

For the first time in program history, Eastern topped a B1G team. The Eagles are also 2-0 for the first time since 1995.

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So how’d they do it? Defense.

The Eagles held the Scarlet Knights to 326 of total offense and also had two key interceptions.

Up next for Eastern is Ohio at home and then another winnable Power 5 game at Kentucky.

Read a EMU recap here