MAC Bowl Grades
MAC Bowl Grade: A
MAC Straight Up: 2-0
MAC Against The Spread: 2-0
The MAC only got to play in two bowl games, and it obliterated the Mountain West champion and got a good a win over a team that probably should’ve won the Conference USA championship. Don’t get too into how the sausage was made in either of those games – the MAC was unbeaten in the bowl season against two of the 2020’s strongest Group of Five teams.
Ball State Bowl Grade: A
Line: San Jose State -8.5, o/u: 65.5
Prediction: San Jose State 34, Ball State 24
Final Score: Ball State 34, San Jose State 13
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It stinks that San Jose State had so many key players who couldn’t go, but the game went on, and Ball State came up with a fantastic game for the first bowl win in the program’s history. It’s not fair to the Cardinals to put the blowout win all on the problems on the Spartan side – those obviously were a big deal – as the MAC champion came out and dominated from the start. You play the team that’s on the field, and the Cardinals did their job.
Buffalo Bowl Grade: A-
Line: Buffalo -4.5, o/u: 54
Prediction: Marshall 23, Buffalo 20
Final Score: Buffalo 17, Marshall 10
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The Bulls got the win, and they did it without star RB Jaret Patterson. Kevin Marks carried the load, the defense was able to stuff the awful Marshall offense, and it turned into a strong win over a team that was supposed to win the Conference USA championship. It wasn’t a good enough win to make up for the loss in the MAC Championship, but it was the program’s second bowl win ever.