Some teams did exactly what everyone expected; others did exactly the opposite. Some spent their time wheeling and dealing to make the most out of their opportunities, while others just bided their time hoping the right guy would fall to them.
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Thanks to changes in the game of professional football, such as unrestricted free agency and the ever-present salary cap, the only way an NFL team can be certain they'll have their stars long enough to make use of them is to get them and use them before they get too good and want too much money.
1.) Houston - David Carr, QB, Fresno State
Sometimes, the better team just wins.
Five sacks, four turnovers, zero points scored, six touchdowns surrendered. Based on the way the 2001 Mid-American Conference season has unfolded, it would be easy to assume that these statistics belong to an opponent of the five-time defending East Division Champion Marshall Thundering Herd.
Expect the unexpected. Sure, it's been said many times before, but every once in a great while the old axiom proves to be wise advice. For example, in last Saturday's MAC East Championship contest between the Marshall Thundering Herd and the Miami of Ohio RedHawks, one should have expected it would take a big passing day for one team to win.
Following wins by both the Marshall Thundering Herd and the Miami (OH) RedHawks, the teams - who sit atop the MAC East with 4-0 records in divisional play - will face off in Oxford, Ohio this Saturday to determine the 2001 East champion.
Marshall 50, Akron 33
Ball State 24, Toledo 20
Miami (OH) 30, Akron 27
On the strength of one goal apiece from their power play and penalty killing units, the Buffalo Sabres (2-1-0-1) scored a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers (1-1-2-0) in front of 16,659 fans Wednesday night at HSBC Arena.
Toledo 48, Ohio 41
Toledo 52, Central Michigan 28
Virginia Tech 31, Western Michigan 0
The University at Buffalo men's soccer team opened their season on the road, recording one win and one loss in the Lehigh-Army Soccer Classic held this past weekend at Ronald J. Ulrich Field in Bethlehem, Pa.