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Mid-American Sees Three Vie for 1st

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Mid-American Sees Three Vie for 1st

Louisville is at 2-0.

Unsurprisingly Bowling Green won big in the Mid American Conference, but while the Falcons have cruised to 2-0 so have the Louisville Cardinals.

And Louisville might be the team that everyone is keeping an eye on. The Cardinals beat Cincinnati 54-10 on Saturday to move to 2-0.

sure and execution was better this week. 

"Our phase play and ability to get the ball wide kept us on the front foot and will continue to be a force all season," said Louisville Head Coach Kyle Freeman. 

The backline is starting to look impressive with former Moeller HS standout and freshman Brennan MortonStrauss having moved from scrumhalf (where he played in high school) to center partnering nicely with sophomore AJ Ayres. Those two ran hard and forced the Cincinnati defense to to worry so much about them that they created space for others.

Ayres ended up with three tries.

"Overall we are getting better each week and that is our focus," said Freeman. "We look to fix some small mistakes and tweaks to our scheme as we move forward to Pitt next week."

Ah, Pitt. The Panthers are coming along nicely and will certainly be a tough out in the MAC, but they were unseated by Western Michigan 38-27 over the weekend.

The Broncos got two tries from prop Ivan Delgado and two more from flyhalf Sean McNamara. Gabe Spees came on later in the game and scored a try, while scrumhalf Patrick Collevy added 13 points with the boot.

And of note was flanker Julian Norton getting a bad cut on his head only to have it sewn up by former Head Coach and current Director of Rugby Dr. Mark Allen. 

IUPUI beat Ohio 36-14 to improve to 1-1. Fullback Josh Jones was very effective on attack and broke several tackles to get his side going.

The forwards led a good defensive effort with flanker Jackson Schoelein and lock Drew Smeltzer leading the charge there.

Latest MAC Standings

Bowling Green 2 0 0 129 8 121 2 0 10
Louisville 2 0 0 119 10 109 2 0 10
Western Michigan 2 0 0 73 46 27 2 0 10
IUPUI 1 1 0 55 49 6 1 0 5
Pitt 1 1 0 43 50 -7 0 0 4
Cincinnati 0 2 0 22 68 -46 0 0 0
Ohio 0 2 0 17 105 -88 0 0 0
Dayton 0 2 0 5 127 -122 0 0 0