MAC Rankings At The Midseason
The rankings of all the MAC teams at the halfway point of the 2017 season.
Based mostly on big wins, schedules, and then a little bit on the eye-test. Mostly, at this point, it’s about the wins, especially in conference play.
12. Kent State Golden Flashes (1-5)
With no offense, the Golden Flashes have managed just 22 points in five FBS games – all losses. The lone win came against Howard, and none of the other games have been all that close.
11. Bowling Green Falcons (1-5)
A win at Miami University got the Falcons out of the cellar. Before that, nothing was working in blowout loss after loss, along with a 35-27 home gaffe to South Dakota.
10. Ball State Cardinals (2-4)
It’s not fair, but the Cardinals have been decimated by injuries on offense. The result? Ugly losses to a lot of bad teams on the road – the O just isn’t working like it needs to. The win over UAB qualifies as the high point, but that’s when the team was relatively healthy.
9. Akron Zips (3-3)
All of a sudden, the Zips appear to be okay – that’s what playing Bowling Green and Ball State will do. The blowout losses to Penn State and Iowa State are acceptable, and a close loss at Troy looks okay now.
8 Central Michigan Chippewas (3-3)
Just when it seemed like the season was slipping away with three straight ugly losses, the Chippewas shocked Ohio on the road to potentially turn the season around. Now they have to be more consistent.
7. Miami University RedHawks (2-4)
Close losses to Marshall and Cincinnati were fine, and getting blown out by Notre Dame isn’t a problem, but losing to Bowling Green at home? Inexcusable. The blowout win over Central Michigan on the road is the only saving grace.
6. Eastern Michigan Eagles (3-2)
The Eagles are proving that 2016 wasn’t a fluke. There isn’t a special win, but the three close losses to Ohio, at Kentucky and Toledo are okay. All of a sudden, EMU has a fantastic defense.
5. Ohio Bobcats (4-2)
Okay, Ohio. You get one clunker loss to Central Michigan, but that’s it. Beating Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti is actually solid, and beating Kansas is good, but the team has to stop playing down to the competition.
4. Buffalo Bulls (3-3)
The Bulls gave Minnesota a hard time in the opener, and came really, really close to beating Army and – in seven overtimes – Western Michigan. The win over Florida Atlantic looks fantastic now.
3. Western Michigan Broncos (4-2)
Needing seven overtimes to get by Buffalo probably isn’t okay, but battling with USC and Michigan State in early-season losses showed just how good the team could potentially be. Now it needs to come up with an impressive performance over someone good.
2. Toledo Rockets (4-1)
It would be nice if the offense was a bit more explosive against someone decent. The defense has been suspect, and beating Elon, Nevada, Tulsa, and barely getting by Eastern Michigan isn’t enough. The Rockets doesn’t have the Nebraska win NIU has.
1. Northern Illinois Huskies (3-2)
The Huskies might not be all the way back to the Jordan Lynch days, but it should’ve beaten Boston College to open the season, beat Nebraska at Nebraska, and pushed San Diego State. It’s all setting up for a big showdown against Toledo in early November.