MAC FOOTBALL NOTES
November 4, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
MAC News And Notes
* MACtion continues this week with three midweek games. On Tuesday, Nov. 5th, Ohio will travel to Buffalo at 8 pm ET (ESPN2) and Bowling Green will visit Miami at 8 pm ET (ESPNU). On Wednesday, Nov. 6th, Central Michigan plays at Ball State at 8 pm ET (ESPN2). The MAC will have 11 midweek games during the month of November.
* Northern Illinois (9-0) is ranked No. 18 in the BCS Standings. The Huskies are one of seven teams that remain unbeaten and are also ranked No. 20 in the Harris Poll, No. 20 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.
* Toledo (6-3) becomes the fifth MAC program to become bowl eligible this season. Northern Illinois (9-0); Ball State (8-1); Buffalo (6-2), Ohio (6-2) and Toledo (6-3) have a combined 35-8 record.
* Buffalo leads the East Division with a 4-0 record, while Bowling Green and Ohio trail with 3-1 marks. Ball State and Northern Illinois are tied for first in the West Division with 5-0 records, followed by Toledo (4-1).
* Akron defeated rival Kent State, 16-7, to win the coveted Wagon Wheel for the first time since the 2009 season.
This Week's MAC Schedule
Tuesday, November 5
*Bowling Green at Miami, 8:00 pm ET (ESPNU)
*Ohio at Buffalo, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2)
Wednesday, November 6
*Central Michigan at Ball State, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2)
Saturday, November 9
*Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan, 1:00 pm ET (ESPN3)
Bye: Akron, UMass
MAC MIDWEEK FOOTBALL FEATURES 11 GAMES DURING THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER ON ESPN2, ESPNU OR ESNP3
Midweek football takes center stage for the MAC during the month of November. The MAC will play 11 midweek games starting in November and each contest will be televised by either ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3. The MAC East and West Division races will play out this November on national television. All total, ten of the midweek games will be televised by either ESPN2 or ESPNU.
November Midweek MACtion:
Tuesday, Nov. 5 Ohio at Buffalo, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2)
Tuesday, Nov. 5 Bowling Green at Miami, 8:00 pm ET (ESPNU)
Wednesday, Nov. 6 Central Michigan at Ball State, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2)
Tuesday, Nov. 12 Buffalo at Toledo, 7:30 pm ET (ESPNU or ESPN3)
Tuesday, Nov. 12 Ohio at Bowling Green, 7:30 pm ET (ESPNU or ESPN3)
Wednesday, Nov. 13 Ball State at Northern Illinois, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2)
Wednesday, Nov. 13 Miami at Kent State, 8:00 pm ET (ESPNU)
Tuesday, Nov. 19 Buffalo at Miami, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2 or ESPNU)
Tuesday, Nov. 19 Kent State at Ohio, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2 or ESPNU)
Wednesday, Nov. 20 Northern Illinois at Toledo, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2)
Tuesday, Nov. 26 Western Michigan at Northern Illinois, 8 pm ET (ESPN2)
NORTHERN ILLINOIS OFF TO BEST START SINCE 1965
Northern Illinois (9-0) is off to its best start since the program recorded a perfect 9-0 record during the 1965 regular season before losing its bowl game to finish 9-1. Northern Illinois defeated UMass, 63-19, on Saturday for its 22 consecutive win over a MAC opponent, the longest conference winning streak in the country.
The Huskies also collected their 14th consecutive road win, which ranks as the second-longest current streak in the country behind Oregon. Northern Illinois will look to extend its home winning streak on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 8 pm ET as they host the Ball State Cardinals. Northern Illinois has the nation's longest home winning streak at 24 consecutive home win at Huskie Stadium, dating back to Sept. 26, 2009 (a 34-31 loss to Idaho).
ROCKETS OFFENSE LAUNCHES 729 YARDS IN WIN OVER EAGLES
Toledo improved to 9-1 at home at the Glass Bowl under head coach Matt Campbell with a 55-16 win over Eastern Michigan. In the victory, the Rockets rolled to a season-high 729 yards of total offense, which ranks as the third most in a single-game in school history and fifth most in a single-game in MAC history.
Toledo senior quarterback Terrance Owens threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns and moved into second place in school history in career passing yards (7,582), trailing only Bruce Gradkowski (9,225, 2002-05). Owens 7,582 career passing yards also ranks 24th in MAC history.
TOLEDO HEAD COACH MATT CAMPBELL SIGNED THRU 2017
Last week, Toledo head football coach Matt Campbell was rewarded with a contract extension through the 2017 football season. Campbell, in his second full season with the Rockets, has a 16-7 record as head coach. He led the Rockets to a 42-41 victory over Air Force in the 2011 Military Bowl in his first game as head coach.
In 2012, his Rockets finished 9-4 and were ranked in the Top 25 at one point last season. This year, the Rockets are bowl eligible at 6-3 and ranked third in the MAC West Division with a 3-1 Conference record.