First, some observations from yesterday's action...
As you probably know, I think Kent State's
Doug Martin is a bad coach. His comments after Saturday's loss to Bowling Green show his candor is also too high for the leader of a program. "They really did a nice job of changing their offense drastically from what they'd done this whole season and kind of caught us off-guard," he
said. So coach, you're saying you can't adjust to a team who likes to pass, but decides to run?
Buffalo played Syracuse close, losing
Lee Corso said yesterday that
Turner Gill would make a fine coach at Nebraska -- his alma mater. I agree, although it would destroy the momentum he has going for the MAC East leaders.
Speaking of the Bulls, they have a division record of 2-0. Miami and Bowling Green are 2-1. Akron and Temple are 1-1 and 2-2, respectively. Kent State (1-3) and Ohio (0-2) have an uphill climb. As I mentioned, however, it's all about the head-to-head tiebreaker. In that sense, Akron controls its own destiny.
Regardless, my conclusion in all of this is that the MAC is garbage this year. No team can play consistently from week to week. The team closest to doing that is Buffalo and maybe Ball State.
MAC Power Rankings...
1) Ball State 2) Central Michigan 3) Bowling Green 4) Buffalo 5) Western Michigan 6) Miami 7) Temple 8 ) Akron 9) Ohio 10) Kent State 11) Eastern Michigan 12) Toledo 13) Northern Illinois
Oh yeah, and
for Zippy, who might suffer her first loss to Monte.
said his team played its best soccer of the season in the second half of Saturday's
win over Bowling Green.
scored two goals and
kept his scoreless streak alive, despite not needing to save a single shot.
Akron will play at Michigan Wednesday at 7 p.m.