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Shake-up in MAC East Division power rankings

10/11/2017, 1:14pm EDT
By By JOHN WAGNER BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Major changes after surprising losses by Ohio, Miami


Teo Redding and Bowling Green moved up two spots in John Wagner's MAC East rankings after their first win of the season. BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH

Remember how I was yawning after two weeks of no changes in The Blade’s Mid-American Conference East Division power rankings? Yikes — no yawning this week.

There was so much action this past Saturday, it may have been smarter to pull the results out of a hat.

But I did not do that. Here is this week’s look at The Blade’s MAC East Division power rankings:

1. Ohio (last week: 1) — I’m giving the Bobcats the benefit of the doubt this week after writing last week that Ohio, “Faces a tougher challenge than it may appear at first glance as it hosts Central Michigan.” Still, a home loss is not the best outcome for a potential division champ. Falcons fans will get a chance to see the Bobcats themselves Saturday.

2. Buffalo (last week: 3) — I give the Bulls full marks for extending Western Michigan through seven overtimes before losing Saturday. In fact, I thought it was more impressive than Akron beating Ball State at home (hence a 2-0 MAC team in third place). Buffalo will get a chance to prove it belongs here when the Bulls play Northern Illinois Saturday.

3. Akron (last week: 4) — Yes, the Zips won at home last Saturday and are now 2-0. But I still haven’t seen the “prove it” moment from this team yet. Trust me: winning at Western Michigan this week (or at Toledo next week) will move this team up the standings — no matter what happens to the teams above it.

4. Bowling Green (last week: 6) — Miami fans that want to argue that their team is better … I hear you. But losing at home to the Falcons, no matter what the circumstances, pushes BG above the RedHawks. Bowling Green will get a chance to prove this is not a mistake in coming weeks when the Falcons host Ohio and Northern Illinois at the Doyt.

5. Miami (last week: 2) — I promised last week that the RedHawks would move down if they lose at home to Bowling Green this week. And now they have. I do believe this will NOT be Miami’s final resting place, however. But playing Kent State this Saturday probably will not help them move up the ladder much, if at all.

6. Kent State (last week: 5) — The Golden Flashes are struggling at quarterback again, and those struggles have dropped them to the bottom of these rankings. Kent State does have a chance to move up the ladder, though, as it is home against Miami and at Ohio in the next two weeks.

RELATED: Brian Buckey’s MAC West Division rankings.

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