What We Learned From Week Four in the Mid-American Conference

Buffalo is the favorite now, by a very wide margin

The Buffalo Bulls had no football program from 1970-77, and their financial situation hasn’t been great in recent years, either. However they’ve got something else to talk about this season.

The Bulls have won more than six games only five times in the last 60 years, and two of those happened in Division III. Now they’ve started 2018 4-0, which is only the second time in the 20 years since they returned to Division I that they’ve earned their fourth win before mid-October.

At this point, with how well Tyree Jackson is playing (he’s on pace for 3,100 yards and 45 TDs passing), they’re a lock to go to a bowl game and it would be a bit weird if they didn’t win the division.

Next up is their budding rivalry with Army, before conference play kicks in and we see how they stack up against their regional foes. I think their offense will do some damage, and they’ll be fun to watch on weeknights for sure.

EMU is better than 2-2. And has a QB controversy. Maybe?

What a season they’ve had so far. A month in and they’re already 1-2 in one-possession games.

Saturday they hit the road to face San Diego State, and the last four minutes saw the Eagles settle for a short field goal in the red zone and then let SDSU sneak into field goal range to send the game to overtime. One more successful play on either of those drives and EMU is probably 3-1 right now.

The real question is whether there is a decision to make at quarterback. Michael Glass III has not started a game yet, but each of the last two weeks he came into the game and outplayed Tyler Wiegers, the grad transfer from Iowa. Wiegers hasn’t been bad, necessarily, but there’s been a visibly improved spark to the offense when Glass has come in.

There are some kinks to work out, as Glass is still building chemistry within the offense, but he has looked dynamic and promising. If I were Coach Creighton I would make the switch, but we’ll see what happens against NIU.

Nobody is going 0-12, which is something

That’s right, folks, Miami is off the hook after a convincing road win at Bowling Green. My favorite part of this game was perhaps the fact that it made it into Bad Beats with Scott Van Pelt because anyone who took the under on the total points got beat by Bowling Green throwing a hail mary touchdown in the last 30 seconds of a game they were losing by three touchdowns.

Central Michigan is also off the hook after managing to topple Noted Giant Killer Maine at home. Sure, they struggled, gaining almost half of their yardage for the entire game on their lone scoring drive of the second half. Sure, their defense carried the day and gave them two scoring drives that started across midfield.

But a win is a win, right?

I think Miami’s offense and Kent State’s defense have shown real signs of life, and so Bowling Green at CMU may well be to see who winds up at the bottom of the barrel, but at least everyone’s got a win to hang their hat on now.

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