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Monday, September 18, 2006

Ohio College Football Rankings after Week #3

1 - Ohio State - 3-0, 0-0 Big Ten - As detailed in the BigTen-fans.com Big Ten football Week #3 recap, the Buckeyes came out of the gates against UC slowly trailing after the 1st Quarter and leading just 13-7 at the half. But nobody can argue with Ohio State's offensive talent as they rolled in the 2nd half. The #1 Buckeyes stay in Columbus this week to face off with #24 Penn State in what will be, on paper, one of the better match-ups of the weekend.

2 - Toledo - 1-2, 0-1 MAC - The Rockets jump up from #5 last week, but I think we all knew UT was better than 5th in the state. The 0-2 start was not what Rocket fans wanted, but as Nick predicted this week, the Rockets got the win over a BCS Conference school. Toledo should have no problem hanging onto the #2 spot as they face McNeese State this weekend.

3 - Akron - 1-2, 0-1 MAC - After an outstanding win over NC State last week, most fans would look at a loss @ Central Michigan as a bad one. But fans that really know MAC football know that the Chippewas have developed into a solid program, and in the 2006 MAC football preview by VanDelay Sports, CMU was picked to finish 8-4 this season. Akron faces a tough out-of-conference opponent in North Texas at home this weekend in a game that is critical for the Zips to regain their swagger heading into the MAC regular season.

4 - Ohio - 2-1, 1-0 MAC - The Bobcats dropped a spot as their offense sputtered @ Rutgers. Last week I said that a 1-1 split @ Rutgers and @ Missouri would be great for Ohio, but the Rutgers game looked to me like the more winnable of the two. The Bobcats will be looking to make it two straight weeks for the MAC with wins over Big 12 teams as they travel to Columbia, MO, this weekend to face the Missouri Tigers.

5 - Bowling Green - 2-1, 1-0 MAC - The Falcons came into their match-up @ Florida International with a chance to prove who the better team was and they did just that. I commented to a couple of my co-workers last week that "BG better not make the MAC look bad" and they did a good job of doing what they needed to do to get the win. A home game against Kent State should prove to be interesting this weekend as the Golden Flashes come in after beating Miami on the road.

6 - Cincinnati - 1-2, 0-1 Big East - A strong showing in the first half @ Ohio State coupled with an extremely poor performance by Miami moves the Bearcats up a spot to #6. The Baercats do not get to catch a break this week as they travel to Blacksburg, Virginia to face #11 Virginia Tech.

7 - Miami - 0-3, 0-1 MAC - I think there are a lot of people in the world of MAC football and beyond that are scratching their heads over Miami's loss at home to Kent State. The RedHawks trailed 16-0 late in this game and drove for two TDs, the latter of which they failed on the 2-point conversion. Some of the blame in this one should be on the RedHawk "fans" in my opinion. Despite having a storied football tradition and a perennial winner in Oxford, only 10,486 fans showed up. Now I know that Miami has a ton of die-hard fans as I see them all of the time on Miami's #1 fan site, MiamiHawkTalk.com. But come on. Under 11,000 fans this early in the season for a school who wins as many games as Miami? Pitiful. The RedHawks travel to Syracuse to face the Orangemen or whatever they call them these days this weekend. Looks for a closely-contested match and I sure do hope the RedHawks come out fired-up and looking to regain some confidence after the loss to Kent.

8 - Kent State - 1-2, 1-0 MAC - As much as Kent fans will be mad that they're still #8 on the list after beating #7 Miami in Oxford, I just do not believe they have a better team. At least not yet anyway. Kent faces Bowling Green on the road this weekend in MAC play and I think a lot of these rankings will solve themselves in the coming weeks. Which Golden Flashes team will show up @ BG? The team that lost 44-0 to Minnesota at home? Or the team that beat Miami on the road? I know which one BG fans will be hoping for.

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