2021 PoopyRhinoPickle's Week 11 MAC Conference Round-Up

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Ball State def. Central Michigan 23-19
Bowling Green def. Buffalo 31-10
Kent State def. Miami (OH) 20-3
Northern Illinois def. Western Michigan 13-7
Eastern Michigan def. Toledo 24-9
Akron def. Connecticut 24-17
San Diego State def. Ohio 31-20

Best performance of the week: Ball State def. Central Michigan 23-19
Ball State has done a good job of figuring out the best way to use RB Anthony Fisher, who didn't have a great game on the ground with just 82 yards and a fumble on 27 carries, but he had another 100 yard game receiving with 102 yards and 2 TDs on 8 catches. Ball State's defense was able to get 2 interceptions to make up for giving up more total yards than their offense had. The Cardinals' K Cody Escalona comes away the big man on campus going 3-3 on FGs in the 4 point win.

Worst performance of the week: Northern Illinois def. Western Michigan 13-7
Western Michigan QB Theo Scribner didn't have a bad game from looking at his statistics, 25-39 226 yards 1 TD, but his 2 interceptions proved to be costly as the Broncos were held scoreless through the first 3 quarters. Add to that just 47 yards on 19 carries on the ground and Scribner being sacked 3 times and you see Northern Illinois' defense had Western Michigan's number this week.

Offensive Player of the Week: RB Jurickson Elflein, Bowling Green, 34 carries 248 yards 3 TDs, 1 rec 7 yards vs Buffalo

Defensive Player of the Week: ILB JT Jungmann, Toledo, 8 Tkls 5 TFLs vs Eastern Michigan

Special Teams Player of the Week: K Cody Escalona, Ball State, 3-3 FGs 2-2 XPs vs Central Michigan

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TeamConferenceOverall
Western Michigan5-26-4
Central Michigan4-35-5
Ball State3-33-7
Eastern Michigan3-44-6
Northern Illinois2-44-6
Toledo0-61-9
Western Michigan was lucky to get away with a loss this week as Central Michigan also dropped a game to Ball State. It's all still there for the taking for Central Michigan as both teams take on nonconference foes this coming week and then play each other in their last game of the season in week 13. Ball State's nonconference schedule has come back to bite them a bit and eliminated their bowl hopes with losses to 4 good teams in Cal, Kansas, Purdue and Old Dominion. Toledo will look to limit the damage this week in their game against Akron.

East Division
TeamConferenceOverall
Akron5-18-2
Ohio5-17-2
Bowling Green4-25-5
Kent State3-45-5
Buffalo3-44-7
Miami (OH)2-54-6
Akron and Ohio had 2 nonconference games this week which did nothing to impact their positions in the conference standing. Akron still holds the advantage after beating Ohio in their head-to-head matchup in week 5. The Zips will be a huge favorite in their matchup against Toledo coming up while Ohio has a tricky game against Bowling Green, who has outscored their last 2 opponents 78-23.
 

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Ball State's nonconference schedule has come back to bite them a bit and eliminated their bowl hopes with losses to 4 good teams in Cal, Kansas, Purdue and Old Dominion.
This turned out to be a murder's row. No one really knew when we did scheduling, but damn that has got to hurt. Ball State actually seems like a decent MAC team that probably had one of hardest schedules on Earth.
 

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