Ohio College Football Rankings after Week #12 by Ohio Sports Time
2. Cincinnati 6-5 (3-3 Big East) – The surprise of the day Saturday came out of Cincinnati, Ohio where the Bearcats knocked off #7 Rutgers 30-11 and dominated the entire game. As a result UC has moved into the #2 spot in our rankings and more importantly, became bowl-eligible. Cincinnati’s season finale will be @ UCONN next Saturday as UC will look to end the regular season at 7-5.
3. Ohio 8-3 (6-1 MAC) – It’s hard to knock the MAC East Champions down a notch considering they just won their first championship of any kind in 38 years, but UC beat Rutgers this year and Ohio did not. The Bobcats will face Miami on Friday looking for a win over their arch-rival and their 9th win of the season. No matter the result of the Miami game, Ohio will face Central Michigan (7-4, 6-1 MAC) in the MAC Championship game on November 30th.
4. Kent State 6-5 (5-2 MAC) – A 14-6 win over Eastern Michigan snapped a 3-game losing streak for Kent State and keeps the Golden Flashes’ slim bowl hopes alive. They will need a win @ Ball State on Friday coupled with an Akron win over Western Michigan to have any chance to go bowling, but even then it will take a lot of luck. No matter how Kent’s season ends, it has been a great year for Doug Martin and the Golden Flashes and Kent fans and alumni should be pleased with the new direction of this program.
5. Akron 5-6 (3-4 MAC) – The Zips tried to hang on to their slim MAC East Championship hopes last week but Luke Getsy and the Zips’ offense was bottled-up by the fierce Ohio defense. Akron will host Western Michigan (7-4, 6-2 MAC) on Friday in what should be a great MAC match-up.
6. Toledo 4-7 (2-5 MAC) – The disappointing season continued for Tom Amstutz and his crew as they fell at home to Ball State on Tuesday night by a score of 20-17. Despite the rough 2006 season, the Rockets were 3-1 at home this season and the Glass Bowl in known to be one of the toughest places to play in college football. Toledo will complete their season with a rivalry game as they host Bowling Green on Tuesday night.
7. Miami 2-9 (2-5) – While the RedHawks have endured one of the worst seasons in school history, you have to give Shane Montgomery’s squad credit for their late-season fight. Despite a 1-9 record and terrible conditions, Miami picked up a 9-7 win @ Bowling Green last week. The RedHawks final game of the season is Friday vs. rival Ohio. While Ohio will play in the MAC Championship no matter the outcome Friday, both teams know of the importance of this rivalry game and the bragging rights that come with it.
8. Bowling Green 4-7 (3-4 MAC) – Can anyone figure out Bowling Green? How can a team that plays two top 10 teams tough, Wisconsin and Ohio State, and beats the MAC East Champions, Ohio, also lose to two of the worst teams (record-wise) in the nation? In what many are calling the Mud Bowl, BG found a way to lose at home to Miami 9-7 and earlier this season they handed Temple their only win of the season. BG ends the season @ rival Toledo on Tuesday night.