Ohio College Football Rankings after Week #7
1. Ohio State Buckeyes - 7-0, 3-0 Big Ten - Buckeyes spank Michigan State 38-7. The Indiana Hoosiers will be the next victim for the Buckeyes on Saturday.
2. Kent State Golden Flashes - 5-2, 4-0 - The Golden Flashes won their 5th straight game by beating Toledo 40-14 on Saturday. When was the last time Kent State won 5 straight football games? Try 1976. The Flashes have a week off before hostin the Ohio Bobcats on October 28th, and I plan to be there.
3. Bowling Green Falcons - 4-3, 3-1 MAC - The BG defense held on to defeat Eastern Michigan 24-21 on Saturday to vault the Falcons up a notch to #3 this week. The win @ Ohio proves to be the difference in the #3 and #4 or 5 spots despite BG's other MAC wins being against Buffalo and EMU who have a combined 1-11 record in 2006. This week is a short one for the Falcons as they have a Thursday night game @ MAC West leader Central Michigan.
4. Ohio Bobcats - 4-3, 2-1 MAC - Last week I said "Ohio will have a chance to make a nice statement for the program and the MAC this weekend as they face the Illinois Fighting Illini this Saturday." Well a 20-17 win @ Illinois is indeed a statement for the program as Ohio now has wins over BCS programs in 3 straight years. Homecoming in Athens is this Saturday as the Bobcats will take on a much-improved Buffalo team.
5. Cincinnati Bearcats - 3-4, 0-2 Big East - The Bearcats continue to hang in with tough opponents as they fell to #8 Louisville 23-17 on Saturday. The "hang-in-there" results are nice, but to date their only wins on the season are against a I-AA school and over two MAC schools (Miami & Akron) who are a combined 3-10 on the season. UC's next game is against South Florida on Sunday night @ 8 pm.
6. Akron Zips - 2-4, 0-2 MAC - Nothing like a bye week to help you move up in the rankings. Thanks to the lousy play of the Toledo Rockets, Akron moves up to #6 this week. The Zips could easily be #2 on this list based on their talent and upset of NC State, but losses to Kent State, CMU and UC leaves the Zips at 2-4 through 6 games.I said it last week and it still is ture: "If Akron wants to defend their 2005 MAC Championship and contend in 2006, they're going to need to start getting some wins beginning October 21st against the Miami RedHawks."
7. Toledo Rockets - 2-5, 0-3 MAC - What the heck is going on? The same team that took Iowa State to 3-OT and beat Kansas in 2-OT has fallen apart. A 40-14 road loss to Kent State is the latest whipping that the Toledo Rockets have taken as they have fallen to 0-3 in MAC play this season. Saturday's game @ Eastern Michigan should prove to be the first MAC win for Toledo in 2006; if it is not then pigs may start to fly...
8. Miami RedHawks - 1-6, 1-2 MAC - Apparently the snow caught everyone in Buffalo, NY off guard this past week as the Saturday match-up between the Miami RedHawks and Buffalo Bulls was postponed and played on Sunday instead. Tied at 21 heading into the 4th Quarter, the RedHawks scored 17 straight and held on for a 38-31 win over the much-improved Bulls. Miami looks to keep their new streak alive and ruin Akron's season in Saturday evening's match-up with the Zips.