Very much looking forward to tuning into the Temple-Miami contest at 7 p.m. tonight on ESPN2. I mentioned it a little bit in my article today about the improvement of Toledo's program, but you can't say enough about the job second-year coach Mike Haywood has done to turn around the RedHawks.
Miami 24, Temple 14: As high as I was on Temple earlier in the season, I'm just as down on the Owls now. I know they've been limited without star RB Bernard Pierce, but you can't let your season go down the toilet because of one guy. Then again, maybe that's all Temple was -- just a one-man team. Either way, the Owls have been a big disappointment this season.
Kent State 17, Ohio 13: How cool of a story would it be if Miami somehow won the MAC East Division title and snuck into the MAC championship game? Well, I'm predicting exactly that scenario to occur, with Miami winning tonight and Ohio losing Friday. For the RedHawks to go from a one-win team to a possible conference champion in one year, that would be one heckuva turnaround.
Northern Illinois 63, Eastern Michigan 7: The Huskies are absolutely thrashing their competition right now. NIU has outscored its last two opponents (Toledo and Ball State) 124-51, and pretty much demoralized them in the process. UT coach Tim Beckman was so distraught after the NIU loss that he put a gag order on his players. Then, after its loss to NIU, Ball State fired second-year coach Stan Parrish. Wow. Who knows what EMU coach Ron English has in store for him after this one, but I'm sure whatever it is, it won't be pretty.
Toledo 35, Central Michigan 21: The Rockets need to avoid a letdown, which is a distinct possibility since they won't be playing for any real significant goals. There are some who worry UT hasn't done enough to secure a spot in a bowl game, but it would take a one-in-a-million type scenario for the Rockets not to go bowling at this point. There's a greater possibility that the NCAA will have to pass a waiver allowing a 5-7 team to go to a bowl game than the Rockets staying home.
Akron 9, Buffalo 3: It would be awful for the MAC to have back-to-back years with winless teams, so Akron really needs to get it done against a dreadful Buffalo squad. Also, please, somebody, anybody, explain to me how Buffalo-Eastern Michigan and Buffalo-Akron ended up being televised by SportsTime Ohio for the final two weeks of the year.
Bowling Green 22, Western Michigan 21: The Falcons are pretty dreadful, don't get me wrong, but I think they'll summon enough gusto to keep Western Michigan from clinching bowl eligibility with a narrow victory at the Doyt.
Last week: 5-1
Season record: 76-22 (.776)