Akron didn't play this week, but it might as well have won by 60.
Three MAC East rivals lost, each falling one game behind Akron in the loss column. The results left the Zips to control their own destiny. The only other MAC East team with only two losses is Buffalo, who will play Akron in the Rubber Bowl's finale. The Bulls play Ohio on Tuesday (tomorrow).
Kent State thumped Miami 54-21 thanks to six RedHawks turnovers. Northern Illinois came back to beat Bowling Green 16-13 because of a late blocked punt that set up a go-ahead field goal. Let's not forget that Ohio lost on Tuesday to Temple.
The other side of the coin is that Toledo played admirably against Central Michigan and a beaten up Dan LeFevour. Although the Rockets lost 24-23, the game showed me that Toledo will be a challenge on Nov. 5.
I wanted to write about these events sooner, but my blog has been down and I was in Chicago. You should visit ZipsNation.org for some fan discussion on the topic.
The Zips clinched the MAC regular season title by beating Western Michigan on Saturday.
Akron is ranked No. 5, but that is likely to improve after two teams ahead of the Zips failed to win last week. Rankings are crucial in getting a good seed in the NCAA Tournament.
I feel awful about not covering this team more thoroughly. I have two legitimate excuses: 1) I hate to write about teams when I cannot cover them in person. 2) I don't have time to attend soccer games.
Paul Rodgers' new album with Queen is pretty good. "The Cosmos Rocks" comes out tomorrow. I have heard the album already.
A couple of the songs are little kooky, but so is Queen. It certainly confirms that the best singer on earth is 58 years old.