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[2019] MAC Final Power Rankings

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We know, you came here for the power rankings. (Sorry, nothing with #MACtion Jenny jumping into chilly water while wearing a bikini.  We're disappointed too.)  But why don't we first take quick looks back at the bowl games with MAC participants?

 

January 18th, 2017

 

Bahamas Bowl: Western Michigan 23, USF 17

 

MVP: Sean Taylor, CB (WMU): 1 Interception return for a TD.

 

It was over when: Three Ralph Phillips field goals took WMU’s lead from 14-0 to 23-3, avoiding the dreaded 21-3 curse.

 

Buoyed by the Taylor pick-six, the Broncos jumped out to a 17-0 lead midway through the second quarter.  The Bulls pulled to within a score with 6:28 to go but couldn’t find a way to score a touchdown in the time left.

Both teams did a good job of keeping the other’s main offensive weapons in check, but the slowed and grindy nature of the game favored Western Michigan.  Winning the field position battle put the Broncos in better shape to have more scoring drives than USF, and they cashed in.

 

Independence Bowl: Notre Dame 41, Central Michigan 28

 

MVP: Tyler Dotson, TE (ND): 10 receptions for 180 yards, 3 TDs.

 

It was over when: Tyler Dotson caught his third TD pass with just under six minutes to play, extending the Fighting Irish’s lead to two scores.

 

The game was much closer than the final score indicates – CMU even had the lead in the third quarter on Justin Brunson’s second touchdown run.  But the Chips defense never found answers for QB D.K. Bates (27 of 38 for 309 yds, 3/0 TD/INT) and Dotson, and Walt Sutherland’s magic ran out.

 

Central Michigan did not make this game easy on themselves.  While the scoreboard stayed tight, some of the Chips’ underlying metrics were worrisome.  Their 3rd down conversion struggles (2 for 13) continued and an exhausted CMU defense allowed big statistical rushing and passing days, finally breaking late in the second half.

 

January 22nd, 2017

 

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Ohio 41, Fresno State 14

 

MVP: Owen Walton, RB (OHIO): 26 receptions for 128 yards, 2 TDs. (Or is it Dacder for not realizing he could coach this game for the Bulldogs?)

 

It was over when: Timmy Wilhelm kicked a 38-yard field goal as the clock hit zeroes, putting a bow on a dominant 31-7 first half for the Bobcats.

 

Most outside observers figured this would be a showcase for Sam Hiller-Weeden (and he did have a good game), but they were forcibly introduced to Owen. Freaking. WALTON.  It’s a shame that Fresno State was effectively coachless, this could have been a really thrilling game. #FireDacder

 

On the other hand it was a convincing statement for the MAC champions, who had plenty of doubters.  Even Stephen Peters had a really good game! (for him!)

 

 

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

 

Texas Bowl: Rutgers 24, Buffalo 6

 

MVP: Elijah Moffett, QB (RUT): 20 of 25 for 315 yards, 3/1 TD/INT

 

It was over when: Elijah Moffett’s five-yard touchdown pass to Ali Crosby gave the Scarlet Knights a 21-6 lead late in the third, forcing Buffalo to move out of their comfort zone.  This meant that Stephen Coates had double-digit passing attempts.  MAC observers know nothing good happens when Stephen Coates is forced to throw more than 9 passes. (5 of 12 for 61 yards, 0/2 TD/INT)

 

MAMADOU SMASH was downgraded to Mamadou Smash, held to his lowest yardage total of the season.  Elijah “The Prophet” Moffett took a little bit to get going but once he did he lit up the Buffalo defense.  Rutgers did to the Bulls what almost no other team has done this season; impose their will on Buffalo and hold them to season lows in virtually every game metric.

 

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

 

Miami Beach Bowl: SMU 30, Toledo 18

 

MVP: Dean Burkhart, WR (SMU): 8 receptions for 123 yards, 1 TD

 

It was over when: SMU’s Adam Young intercepted Benjamin Hanson late in the fourth to preserve a two-score SMU lead.

 

We know the game situations warranted throwing the ball more, but that’s two games in a row that Gabe Ciamo carried the ball less than 20 times.  Was Hanson pressing too much over these last few games?  Full credit to a tough SMU defense that held the Rockets to just 4 of 14 on third-down conversions.

 

Congrats to the MAC winners, and commiserations for the MAC non-winners.  But enough of these bowl recaps, they're not what you're here for.  Without further ado, the final MAC Power Rankings for 2019!

 

 

MAC Final Power Rankings

2019 Post-Bowl

Rank (Poll Pts.) Team (First Place Votes)                                                   Record (Conf. Record) Streak Change from Last Week
1 (81)

:ohio: Ohio Bobcats (4)

9-5 (6-2) W2 +3
2 (77) :toledo: Toledo Rockets (3) 10-4 (6-2) L2 -1
3 (71) :wmu: Western Michigan Broncos 10-3 (6-1) W4 -1
4 (64) :buffalo: Buffalo Bulls 8-5 (4-2) L1 -1
5 (57)

:cmu: Central Michigan Chippewas

6-7 (4-3) L2 -1
6 (43) :emu: Eastern Michigan Eagles 5-7 (3-4) L1 +2
7-tie (36)

:zips: Akron Zips

5-7 (3-4) W1 -1
7-tie (36) :kent: Kent State Golden Flashes 5-7 (4-3) L1 -1
9 (29)

:niu: Northern Illinois Huskies

4-8 (2-5) W1 +1
10 (28) :bgsu: Bowling Green Falcons 4-8 (1-6) L4 -1
11 (15)

:miao: Miami (OH) Redhawks

2-10 (2-5) L5 -
12 (9) :ball: Ball State Cardinals 1-11 (1-6) L2 -
  • A team received 12 points for 1st, 11 points for 2nd, etc.
  • Number of voters: 7!

 

Le roi est mort, vive le roi! 

 

For the first time all season Toledo is not on top of the MAC Power Rankings.  They were supplanted by conference champion Ohio.  But despite the Rockets' two-game losing streak, they are still a very good team - enough that quite a few voters still put them at first.  The race for first was the closest between the top two teams, after accounting for the number of voters.  Everyone else at the top moves down one.

 

Somewhat surprisingly Eastern Michigan leads up the second tier of teams, ahead of Akron and Kent State.  It's likely due to the fact that EMU looks to be in a better spot than the other two moving forward (better recruiting class than Akron, has a coach while Kent St. doesn't).  Meanwhile it somehow doesn't surprise that the Zips and Golden Flashes tied.

 

Finishing up, NIU moves ahead of Bowling Green.

 

It's been an honor and a pleasure to put these together for you.  We'll be back soon, ready to put out more charts of dubious value!  Thank you and until next time, remember:

 

"If it's not MAC, it's wack!"

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Ciamos carrys  do baffel  me, I've run the same scheme the entire year and consistenly got 20+ and all off a sudden the last 2he is getting less carries, it's almost as if I'm choosing more passing but I'm not. It makes sense vs smu  since I was behind most of the game, but against ohio, I really don't get why I passed so much.

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