MAC Conference Roundup: Final Rankings, Top Players, Coaches, Games

MAC Conference Roundup: Final Rankings, Top Players, Coaches, Games

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MAC Conference Roundup: Final Rankings, Top Players, Coaches, Games


The final look at the 2017 MAC season, with the final rankings by opinions and top seasons, top players, coaches and games. 


MAC Roundup: Final Rankings, Top Players, Coaches, Games

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MAC Final Analysis

The MAC’s bad bowl season overshadowed an interesting season that should’ve and could’ve been better.

Akron’s 37-34 upset over Ohio screwed everything up. The Bobcats beat Toledo 38-10 the week before, and the rematch would’ve been a proper MAC title game, but give the Zips credit for doing what they needed to do to get to the conference title game.

Terry Bowden’s team was one of the nice surprises, and there were more bowl eligible teams than spots – Western Michigan and Buffalo were left out in the cold. But Toledo was terrific, the bad MAC teams were miserable – Ball State, Kent State, Ball State and Miami University couldn’t do much of anything right – and Eastern Michigan couldn’t catch a break, even though it was thrilling.

It was a good MAC year, not a great one. But almost all of the coaches are back, a lot of the talent returns, and it should be a better 2018.

MAC Final Rankings (by opinion)

1. Toledo
2. Central Michigan
3. Ohio
4. Northern Illinois
5. Akron
6. Western Michigan
7. Eastern Michigan
8. Buffalo
9. Miami University
10. Bowling Green
11. Kent State
12. Ball State

MAC Final Rankings (by season & merit)

1. Toledo
2. Ohio
3. Central Michigan
4. Northern Illinois
5. Buffalo
6. Western Michigan
7. Akron
8. Miami University
9. Eastern Michigan
10. Ball State
11. Bowling Green
12. Kent State

MAC Coaching Rankings

1. Jason Candle, Toledo
2. Lance Leipold, Buffalo
3. Terry Bowden, Akron
4. Frank Solich, Ohio
5. Rod Carey, Northern Illinois
6. John Bonamego, Central Michigan
7. Chris Creighton, Eastern Michigan
8. Tim Lester, Western Michigan
9. Mike Jinks, Bowling Green
10. Chuck Martin, Miami University
11. Paul Haynes, Kent State (fired)
12. Mike Neu, Ball State

MAC Top Ten Players

1. DE Sutton Smith, Soph. NIU
2. QB Logan Woodside, Sr. Toledo
3. LB Khalil Hodge, Jr. Buffalo
4. QB Nathan Rourke, Soph. Ohio
5. DE Anthony Wimbush, Sr. Ball State
6. RB Terry Swanson, Sr. Toledo
7. DE Joe Ostman, Sr. Central Michigan
8. CB/KR Darius Phillips, Sr. WMU
9. RB Jarvion Franklin, Sr, WMU
10. OG Chukwuma Okorafor, Sr. WMU

MAC Ten Best Games

1. Western Michigan 71, Buffalo 68 7OT, Oct. 7
2. Akron 37, Ohio 34, Nov. 14
3. Boston College 23, Northern Illinois 20, Sept. 16
4. Army 28, Eastern Michigan 27, Oct. 14
5. Toledo 54, Tulsa 51, Sept. 16
6. Northern Illinois 21, Nebraska 17, Sept. 17
7. Western Michigan 35, Central Michigan 28, Nov. 1
8. Northern Illinois 30, Eastern Michigan 27, Oct. 26
9. Northern Illinois 35, Western Michigan 31, Nov. 15
10. Eastern Michigan 34, Bowling Green 31, Nov. 21

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