MAC Bowl Grades
MAC Bowl Grade: B
So here’s the problem. The league went 3-4 with good fights in some of the losses, but the stars didn’t shine. Central Michigan was annihilated by San Diego State in the New Mexico, and conference champ Miami University lost by ten to Louisiana in the Lending Tree, but Kent State won its first bowl game as a program, Buffalo was terrific, and Eastern Michigan battled hard against Pitt.
Buffalo Bowl Grade: A-
Final Score: Buffalo 31, Charlotte 9
Line: Buffalo -7, o/u: 51.5
–Bahamas Bowl 5 Things That Matter
Charlotte was a good enough team to have provided more of a battle, and it didn’t – Buffalo was too strong. Jaret Patterson ran and ran some more, the defense allowed just one big scoring play, and this was over after a 24-0 lead.
Central Michigan Bowl Grade: D-
Final Score: San Diego State 48, Central Michigan 11
Line: San Diego State -3.5, o/u: 40.5
– New Mexico Bowl 5 Things That Matter
San Diego State had a great defense, and no offense – that changed against the Chippewas. After CMU should’ve won the MAC championship – and didn’t – it came out and clunked in the bowl with five giveaways in a blowout loss. This never close – SDSU was up 34-3 in the third.
Eastern Michigan Bowl Grade: B
Final Score: Pitt 34, Eastern Michigan 30
Line: Pitt -12, o/u: 51
– 5 Thoughts on the Quick Lane Bowl
Yeah, it was a loss, and yeah, it was disappointing to not come through late, but this was an also-ran MAC team that came this close to pulling off a win over a Power Five program. Forget the punchy end – it was a strong performance in the defeat.
Kent State Bowl Grade: A
Final Score: Kent State 51, Utah State 41
Line: Utah State -7, o/u: 72
– Frisco Bowl 5 Things That Matter
WOW. Considering how close the team was to seeing its bowl hopes come to an end in early November, to keep progressing, overcome a big day from the Utah State offense, and hang up 51 on the board was a special moment for the program. 550 yards, 25 fourth quarter points, and the program’s first ever bowl win.
Miami University Bowl Grade: C+
Final Score: Louisiana 27, Miami University 17
Line: Louisiana -15.5, o/u: 54.5
The RedHawks weren’t bad, and the offense worked better than normal, but there were never able to get back control after getting down 10-7 at halftime. This was the MAC Champion, and it lost by double-digits to the Sun Belt runner-up.
Ohio Bowl Grade: B+
Final Score: Ohio 30, Nevada 21
Line: Ohio -10, o/u: 62
Nevada had a slew of suspensions, and it was a ten-point underdog, and … Ohio did what it was supposed to do with 285 rushing yards and three scores. It took a little while to put the game away but it rolled to a 30-9 lead – giving up just three field goals – until taking the foot off the gas.
Western Michigan Bowl Grade: B
Final Score: WKU 23, Western Michigan 20
Line: WKU -3, o/u: 56
– 5 Thoughts on the SERVPRO First Responders Bowl
The Broncos were outplayed in several ways, and they just missed out on ending it if QB Jon Wassink didn’t trip. It took a 52-yard walk-off field goal to knock them out. They played well, but someone had to lose.