Eastern at Central
rguxdu? EASTERN AT CENTRAL Matchup: Eastern Michigan 1-2, 0-0 Mid-American Conference; Central Michigan 1-2, 1-0. When: 1 p.m. Saturday. Where: KellyShorts Stadium, Mt. Pleasant. TV: Comcast Local. Line: Central Michigan by 4. EASTERN MICHIGAN UPDATE Saturday's 55-0 loss at Michigan was quickly laid to rest by coach Jeff Genyk. He said he didn't even go over the film with his players. "You focus on your next opponent, which in this case is a big rivalry game, Central Michigan, Genyk said Monday. If the Eagles beat Central Michigan and Western Michigan - as they did last year -they will receive a trophy - presented by the Michigan Athletic Hall of Fame - recognizing them as the Michigan MAC champion. Eastern beat Central Michigan last year, 61-58, in four overtimes at Ford Field. "In order to have a rivalry, you have to have both teams win a few games," Genyk said. "From our perspective, it's a pretty big game. One of our priorities is to be the Michigan MAC champion." .... Genyk complimented Central junior defensive end Daniel Bazuin and senior quarterback Kent Smith. Genyk said of Bazuin: "He's an outstanding player. He's got tremendous acceleration. It's impressive to watch. (He) fires up the other 10 guys when he makes a play." Genyk said Smith has improved a lot since last season. "His release is much faster, his feet look a lot better," Genyk said. "He's much more decisive when he throws the ball, and I think he's running more authoritatively."... This is the Mid-American Conference opener for Eastern, and Genyk reminded his players that their 1-2 nonconference record won't hurt their chances in the MAC, pointing out that defending league champion Toledo started 0-2 last season. CENTRAL MICHIGAN UPDATE The Chippewas had beaten Eastern Michigan three straight and five of the last six before last year's loss at Ford Field. "I think the rivalry's when two teams are very competitive," coach Brian Kelly said. "It wasn't much of a rivalry because I think Central had beaten Eastern for a number of years. Now Eastern obviously holds the upper hand with winning last year. It creates a rivalry situation because you have two teams that are obviously fighting for the same goal - that is to move out of that second tier in the MAC and move up with the Toledos and the Northern Illinois.".... But Kelly said he doesn't think the outcome of the game against Eastern affects recruiting. "Kids are going to choose Eastern and Central, not by this one game, but by the recruit-. ing," he said. "Certainly, it gives you some bragging rights. But I think at the end of the day, it's the entire process of recruiting over a year's time that makes the difference."... Kelly praised Eastern's athleticism on defense and said Genyk "is a great guy of underselling his football team. His defense is a whole lot better than he gives anybody credit for."... Kelly said he hoped both teams had improved defensively from last year: "Hopefully we won't have another 61-58 game." ... Central, which won Sept. 10 at Miami (Ohio), is going for its first 2-0 start in the MAC since 1998. WESTERN MICHIGAN Matchup: Western Michigan 1-2; Temple 0-3. When: 1 p.m. Saturday. Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia. Line: Western Michigan by 3 Update: Linebacker Dustin Duclo, a walk-on, drew praise from coach Bill Cubit after intercepting two passes against Southern Illinois. "He may be the biggest surprise we have," Cubit said. "Plays hard. Guy that's probably got a chip on his shoulder. Never got a scholarship. He told me, he didn't even think the coaches knew who he was. He's got a little chip about him to try and go out there and be a great player." ... Temple has been outscored, 170-33, in losses to Arizona State, Wisconsin and Toledo. "If you watch them, in the beginning of games, they play everybody tough," Cubit said. "They sure gave Toledo a whole lot better game than we gave them. ... They got talent. They got some kids over the other side of the ball that are pretty good players." Temple lost Saturday to Toledo, 42-17. Western lost Sept. 10 to the Rockets, 56-23. ... Western's 34-28 victory over Southern Illinois on Saturday ended a 12-game losing streak. ... The Broncos are one of four MAC opponents Temple will play this year. Temple, a former Big East football member, will join the MAC in 2007. PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Big Ten: Michigan State junior quarterback Drew Stanton of Farmington Hills Harrison (16-for-27 passing for 327 yards and three touchdowns, 14 rushes for 48 yards and a TD vs. Notre Dame); Iowa senior linebacker Chad Greenway (20 tackles, including 12 solo, vs. Northern Iowa). Mid-American Conference West: Western Michigan freshman linebacker Dustin Duclo of Southgate Anderson (two interceptions and five tackles vs. Southern Illinois); Western Michigan sophomore punter Jim Laney (five punts for 43.0-yard average); Toledo senior quarterback Bruce Gradkowski (20-for-29 passing for 182 yards and four TDs vs. Temple). Great Lakes Conference: Saginaw Valley State senior running back Logan Barnhart of Haslett (13 carries for 143 yards and two TDs two catches for 42 yards and one ' TD vs. Findlay); Northwood senior safety Jon Horn of Battle Creek Central (three interceptions and two tackles vs. Mercyhurst); Northern Michigan senior place-kicker KyleMarotz (five field goals vs. Wayne State). Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association: Alma junior quarterback Josh Brehm of Ithaca (33-for-58 passing for 324 yards and three TDs vs. Wittenberg); Albion juiiiui ueienbive lineman alike Sheldon of Royal Oak Kimball (eight tackles, including a sack, vs Wisconsin-Oshkosh).