CBS Sports ranks EMU, WMU football in ‘Bottom 25’

The Detroit News

It’s been a rough start for Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan, with just two wins between them in the season’s first four weeks, and losses last week by an average of 24 points.

It’s enough to put them both in this week’s installment of CBS Sports' "Bottom 25," which came out Tuesday.

Western Michigan moved up — or down, depending on how you view it — eight spots to No. 7 after its 38-12 loss at No. 1 Ohio State, while Eastern Michigan moved back into Tom Fornelli’s rankings at No. 24 with a 58-36 loss to Army.

It likely will only get worse for Eastern (1-3), which already owns losses against Old Dominion and Ball State and travels to No. 9 LSU on Saturday.

“Eastern Michigan dropped from the rankings thanks to a surprising win (technically every EMU win is a surprise) over Wyoming,” Fornelli wrote, “but that 22-point loss to Army is an excellent way to work yourself back in. ...”

Western Michigan’s high (low) ranking is curious, given two of its losses were to, currently, the two top-ranked teams in the country, including a competitive 37-24 season-opening loss to No. 2 Michigan State in Kalamazoo. But, Fornelli says he has a statistical — though admittedly imperfect — formula that helps him compile the rankings.

“Maybe MAC play will help the Broncos get out of our rankings,” Fornelli wrote.

Western (1-3) is off this week. Kansas (0-3) leads the list at No. 1.