With Bowling Green's 48-27 win over Maryland from the Big Ten, the MAC has won a regular season game vs. Big Ten opponents in each of the last nine consecutive seasons (2007-2015), the longest streak in MAC history. In 2014 the MAC had three wins vs. Big Ten opponents — Purdue, Northwestern and Indiana — and had an overall 3-8 record in 11 regular season games. The most wins in a single season by the MAC over Big Ten opponents is four games (2008). During this nine year stretch, MAC teams have defeated 10 different Big Ten teams—Illinois (1); Indiana (5); Iowa (1); Maryland (1); Michigan (1); Michigan State (1); Minnesota (2); Northwestern (1); Penn State (1) and Purdue (4). A total of 18 wins during this stretch.Arkansas coach Brett Bielema, who left Wisconsin for the dubious charms of the Southeastern Conference, may have been worrying more about his conference being disrespected than about his game (Arkansas having to take a page out of the Mid-American book and scheduling a game off campus in a big city??)
Toledo's 16-12 win at No. 18 ranked Arkansas marked the MAC's first win vs. an SEC opponent since 2004 (Ohio 28-16 win at Kentucky on Oct. 2, 2004). The last time Toledo defeated a top 25 ranked team was in 2012 with a win over Cincinnati at the Glass Bowl.
Kent State kicker April Goss (Aliquippa, Pa.) became the second female ever to score in FBS game during the Golden Flashes' 45-13 win over Delaware State. Goss kicked a successful PAT with 4:30 left in the second quarter after running back George Bollas' five yard touchdown run for a 29-6 Kent State lead.
In taking a shot at Ohio State’s schedule earlier this week, Arkansas’ Bret Bielema touted the fact that his Razorbacks still had eight ranked teams left on their schedule and that the top-to-bottom strength of the SEC is “unprecedented.” Ummm, whoops?A CBS Sports pundit, Jerry Hinnen, noted that Toledo received a $1m guarantee for the game. That, and the Little Rock attendance, will go a long way toward compensating for those empty stadia on chilly school nights in November. Then there's good advice about preparation.
In one of the most karmic turn of events in recent sports history, Toledo — not one of the eight ranked teams of which Bielema spoke, incidentally — went into Little Rock and stunned the Hogs, with the Rockets of the MAC heading back to Ohio with a 16-12 win. It was the Rockets’ first-ever win over a current SEC team in four attempts.
Bret Bielema should maybe focus on the team from Ohio his team is actually playing. No one outside of Toledo proper is happier about watching Bielema's team go down than Ohio State fans, who've seen Urban Meyer targeted by public jabs from the former Wisconsin coach for years. The most recent came just last week, when Bielema pointedly complained about the number of ranked teams on the Buckeyes' schedule when compared to the number on Arkansas'.Ohio State will be hosting undefeated but currently unranked Northern Illinois on Saturday.
A tip for Bielema: Maybe next time, don't take a shot at the unranked teams on someone else's schedule when your team isn't prepared to handle the ones on its own.