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The MAC (Mid American Conference) is a CFBHC conference established in game year 2016. It is located primarily in the Central portion of the United States. The MAC currently has members in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and New York.

Mid American Conference
(MAC)
Mid American Conference logo
Established 2016
Association CFBHC
Division Division I FBS
Region Central/Northeast United States
Headquarters Cleveland, Ohio
Commissioner Jieret (since 2020)
Locations
Mid American Conference locations

Teams

Team Name Division Coach Home Stadium Seating Capacity Conference Titles
Akron Zips MAC East Darkage InfoCision Stadium 30,000 -
Ball State Cardinals MAC East npklemm Scheumann Stadium 22,500 -
Bowling Green Falcons MAC East Popadom17 Doyt Perry Stadium 23,724 -
Buffalo Bulls MAC West SodapopSeth University at Buffalo Stadium 31,000 -
Central Michigan Chippewas MAC West johnkirk Kelly/Shorts Stadium 32,885 -
Eastern Michigan Eagles MAC West DrFootball Rynearson Stadium 30,200 -
Kent State Golden Flashes MAC East TazerMan Dix Stadium 30,520 -
Miami University Redhawks MAC East caesari Fred C. Yager Stadium 24,286 2016
Northern Illinois Huskies MAC West subsequent Huskie Stadium 23,575 2017, 2018
Ohio Bobcats MAC East Chad_Michael Peden Stadium 24,000 2019
Toledo Rockets MAC West deathcpo Glass Bowl 26,248 -
Western Michigan Broncos MAC West Jieret Waldo Stadium 30,200 2020

Conference History

The Mid American Conference joined CFBHC in 2016, playing a limited 10 game schedule facing only other Mid American teams. They added the Huskies of Northern Illinois University and began out-of-conference play in 2017.

List of Conference winners

List of MAC commissioners

Bowl tie-ins

The MAC champion is not obligated to play in a specific bowl. All MAC bowl bids are based on best matchups and geography, no tiers exist but tiers from other conferences may predict matchups. Contracted bowls are as follows:

  • Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs MWC (Boise, ID)
  • Miami Beach Bowl vs AAC (Miami, FL)
  • Bahamas Bowl vs AAC (Nassau, Bahamas)
  • Detroit Bowl vs ACC or Big Ten (Detroit, MI) - Conditional on whether the ACC or Big Ten cannot fill their spot.

The MAC does not have direct secondary tie-ins to any other bowls.

Standings

Tiebreaking Procedures

Divisional Champions (Conference Champion this year since there are no divisions)

The divisional championship shall be decided on conference winning percentage. If two or more teams are tied for the championship, they shall be considered divisional co-champions. The following tie-breaking formula shall be used to determine which team will represent that division in the MAC Championship game:

1. Head-to-head competition:

a. In the event of a multiple-team (two or more teams) tie, the team with the best head-to-head record amongst the tied teams wins the tie-breaker.

b. In a two-team tie, head-to-head competition will be the first criteria.

c. If two teams did not play, the second criteria is used to break the tie.

2. Record of tied teams within the division [versus rank order, highest to lowest, of division teams]:

a. The above tie-breaker procedure is used to determine rank order in the division.

b. Team(s) eliminated in the second tie-breaker criterion are not included in further consideration in the tie- breaking formula.

c. Head-to-head competition is again used to break the tie between the remaining tied teams.

3. Comparison of conference winning percentage of cross-over opponents of tied teams:

a. Tie-breaker is awarded to the team whose cross-division opponents had the best cumulative conference winning percentage.

b. Head-to-head competition is used to break the tie between the two tied teams.

4. If multiple teams remain tied, the final tie-breaker is as follows:

a. Record of tied teams versus cross-division opponents in rank order.

b. Head-to-head competition is used to break the tie between the two tied teams.

2020

2020 MAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Ohio x   7 2         9 5  
Akron   6 2         9 4  
Buffalo   5 3         10 3  
Kent State   5 3         6 7  
Miami (OH)   4 4         8 5  
Bowling Green   1 7         2 10  
West
#9 Western Michigan x   9 0         12 2  
Toledo   5 3         8 5  
Eastern Michigan   3 5         4 8  
Central Michigan   2 6         2 10  
Northern Illinois   1 7         2 10  
Ball State   1 7         1 11  
MAC Championship Game: Ohio 30 vs. Western Michigan 34
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from Coaches Poll

2019

2019 MAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Ohio x   6 2         9 5  
Buffalo   5 2         8 5  
Kent State   4 3         5 7  
Akron   3 4         5 7  
Miami (OH)   2 5         2 10  
Bowling Green   1 6         4 8  
West
Toledo x   6 2         10 4  
Western Michigan   6 1         10 3  
Central Michigan   4 3         6 7  
Eastern Michigan   3 4         5 7  
Northern Illinois   2 5         4 8  
Ball State   1 6         1 11  



MAC Championship Game: Ohio 17 vs. Toledo 13
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from Coaches Poll

2018

2018 MAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Ohio x   5 2         8 6  
Miami (OH)   4 3         7 6  
Buffalo   4 3         6 7  
Kent State   3 4         3 9  
Akron   2 5         2 10  
Bowling Green   1 6         2 10  
West
Northern Illinois x   6 1         9 5  
Toledo   5 2         8 5  
Eastern Michigan   5 2         6 7  
Central Michigan   4 3         6 7  
Western Michigan   2 5         5 7  
Ball State   1 6         1 11  


MAC Championship Game: Northern Illinois 17, Ohio 3
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from Coaches Poll

2017

2017 MAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Miami (OH) x   6 1         10 4  
Buffalo   4 3         4 8  
Ohio   2 5         3 9  
Bowling Green   2 5         3 9  
Kent State   3 4         3 9  
Akron   1 6         1 11  
West
Northern Illinois x   7 0         11 3  
Eastern Michigan   6 1         11 2  
Toledo   5 2         8 5  
Western Michigan   4 3         7 6  
Ball State   2 5         3 9  
Central Michigan   0 7         1 11  


MAC Championship Game: Northern Illinois 12, Miami (OH) 10
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from Coaches Poll

2016

2016 MAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Miami (OH) y   10 1         10 2  
Toledo y   7 4         7 5  
Ohio   7 3         7 4  
Eastern Michigan   6 4         6 5  
Ball State   6 4         7 4  
Western Michigan   4 6         4 6  
Central Michigan   4 6         4 6  
Bowling Green   4 6         4 6  
Kent State   3 7         3 7  
Buffalo   3 7         3 7  
Akron   2 8         2 8  
MAC Championship Game: Miami (OH) 35, Toledo 24
† – Conference champion
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from Coaches Poll

Weekly Awards History

Main article: MAC Weekly Awards History

Number of MAC Weekly Awards won by player

Total Awards Offensive Player of the Week Team Total Awards Defensive Player of the Week Team Total Awards Special Teams Player of the Week Team
8 RB Emmanuel Fields Western Michigan 4 CB Sean Taylor Western Michigan 11 K Timmy Wilhelm Ohio
6 RB Mamadou Wynn Buffalo 3 CB Adam Haywood Toledo 6 K Noah Cohen Toledo
4 QB Benjamin Hanson Toledo 3 SS Quinn Benson Kent State 5 K Richard Archer Northern Illinois
4 QB John Garland Kent State 3 SS Thomas Gordon Buffalo 4 K Nathaniel Layne Bowling Green
3 QB Blair Holcomb Buffalo 3 CB Robert Morris Northern Illinois 3 K Josh Booth Akron
3 QB Andrew Davis Northern Illinois 2 OLB Brandon Thomas Bowling Green 3 K James Taylor Miami (OH)
3 RB Gabriel Shields Western Michigan 2 FS Zachary Dumas Eastern Michigan 2 K Harry DeMarco Western Michigan
3 RB Justin Couture Ohio 2 DT Marlon Bailey Akron 2 RET Calvin Hayes Northern Illinois
2 RB Owen Walton Ohio 2 FS Nicholas Mingo Miami (OH) 2 P Dovid Gunter Northern Illinois
2 RB Emmett Spears Kent State 2 ILB Lucas Callaway Buffalo 2 P Mohamed Saylor Buffalo
2 RB Gabe Ciamo Toledo 1 FS Troy Brown Central Michigan 1 K Trent Michaels Central Michigan
2 FB Mark Macleod Eastern Michigan 1 ILB Kameron McCall Akron 1 SS/RET Ibrahima Griggs Eastern Michigan
2 QB Walt Sutherland Central Michigan 1 CB Herbert Villa Western Michigan 1 WR/RET Cayden Sampson Kent State
2 QB T.J. Zamora Akron 1 OLB Donovan Pendleton Ohio 1 RET Robert Morris Northern Illinois
1 RB Daniel Hutchins Northern Illinois 1 DE David Payne Toledo 1 K Simon Hand Eastern Michigan
1 QB Marquis Causey Ball State 1 SS Ryan White Kent State 1 K Ronald Corbett Central Michigan
1 QB Stephen Peters Ohio 1 OLB Franklin Weatherford Akron 1 RET Richard Dodge Bowling Green
1 QB Douglas Graham Miami (OH) 1 CB Chris Witt Miami (OH) 1 P Luke McHenry Ball State
1 QB Chase Sims Western Michigan 1 DE Donte Pennel Miami (OH) 1 K Anthony Call Buffalo
1 QB Zack Cera Miami (OH) 1 FS Carlos Bright Northern Illinois 1 K Leonardo Blunt Kent State
1 RB Nathaniel Ruff Akron 1 CB Abdoulaye McGee Toledo 1 K Eric Jarvis Miami (OH)
1 QB Melvin Winters Ohio 1 ILB Jeff Martino Bowling Green 1 K James Bragg Central Michigan
1 QB Steven Ferguson Toledo 1 OLB Lawrence Harris Central Michigan 1 RET Adam Oliver Eastern Michigan
1 CB Horace Green Central Michigan 1 K Ralph Phillips Western Michigan
1 CB Horace Green's smile Central Michigan
1 FS Ian Williams Ball State
1 SS Harold Ferrell Ball State
1 SS Lucas Key Ohio
1 SS Antonio Jackson Bowling Green
1 DE Isaiah Hall Bowling Green
1 SS Hunter Mackey Northern Illinois
1 OLB Julius Cooke Kent State
1 FS Alfonso Bates Bowling Green
1 DE Connor Borden Western Michigan
1 CB Troy Galloway Akron
1 OLB Raymond Smith Akron
1 DE Eddie Milton Ohio
1 ILB David Garcia Kent State
1 DE Samuel Barnes Western Michigan
1 ILB Kareem Boykin Western Michigan

End of Season Awards History

National Awards

Conference Awards

Year OPOTY DPOTY Special Teamer OTY Coach OTY Offensive Newcomer OTY Defensive Newcomer OTY
2016 RB Emmett Spears, Kent State DE James Finney, Ball State K Marty Jones, Bowling Green FSUAlumni, Miami (OH)
2017 RB Emmanuel Fields, Western Michigan FS Zachary Dumas, Eastern Michigan PR Calvin Hayes, Northern Illinois Tammath, Eastern Michigan RB Mamadou Wynn, Buffalo FS Zachary Dumas, Eastern Michigan
2018 RB Emmanuel Fields, Western Michigan CB Sean Taylor, Western Michigan K Noah Cohen, Toledo CardiacPack13, Ohio TE Marlon Barkley, Toledo CB Adam Haywood, Toledo
2019 QB Benjamin Hanson, Toledo DE Isaiah Hall, Bowling Green K Noah Cohen, Toledo beeznik, Ohio QB Benjamin Hanson, Toledo -
2020 QB Blair Holcomb, Buffalo DT Marlon Bailey, Akron K Timmy Wilhelm, Ohio Jieret, Western Michigan RB DeSean Madison, Western Michigan FS Eddie McGill, Ball State

NOTE: For the 2019 season the Offensive and Defensive Freshmen of the Year awards were combined into the Newcomer of the Year award (includes JuCo transfers). Separate Offensive and Defensive awards resumed with the 2020 season, but the Newcomer designation remained.

All-MAC selections by year

Main article: All-MAC Teams

List of MAC Starting Quarterbacks

MAC Players in NFLHC

A list of all players who were drafted or signed to NFLHC teams, with their last conference prior to draft selection or NFLHC signing being the MAC, and sorted by draft round and pick.

Draft Year Draft Position Current Team Pos Name MAC Years School NFLHC Seasons
2018 2:60 Raiders Raiders RB Emmett Spears 2016-17 Kent State 2018
2018 4:107 Bills, Chiefs Bills, Chiefs C Bill Bullard 2016-17 Buffalo 2018-2019, 2020-2021
2018 7:202 Eagles Eagles TE Damani Spillman 2016-17 Ball State 2018-2021
2018 UDFA Seahawks Seahawks TE Jeffrey Jackson 2016-17 Kent State 2018-2019
2019 2:63 Jets Jets RB Emmanuel Fields 2017-18 Western Michigan 2019-2021
2019 5:134 Ravens Ravens QB Andrew Davis 2017-18 Northern Illinois 2019-2021
2019 5:138 Vikings Vikings DE James Finney 2016-18 Ball State 2019-2021
2019 7:227 Ravens Ravens C Nicolas Slack 2017-18 Northern Illinois 2019-2021
2019 UDFA Packers Packers OG Greg Coughlin 2017-18 Northern Illinois 2019
2020 1:27 Chiefs Chiefs DE Isaiah Hall 2018-19 Bowling Green 2020-2021
2020 3:68 Browns Browns DE Gabriel Beauchamp 2019 Akron 2020-2021
2020 4:97 Titans Titans OG Ian Braden 2018-19 Western Michigan 2020-2021
2020 4:125 Chargers Chargers P Luke McHenry 2018-19 Ball State 2020-2021
2020 5:136 Cowboys Cowboys DT Patrick Garber 2017-19 Miami (OH)
Buffalo
2020-2021
2020 6:170 Bengals Bengals OT Leonard Shockley 2018-19 Eastern Michigan 2020-2021
2020 6:188 Panthers Panthers CB Justin Rouse 2018-19 Akron 2020-2021
2020 6:194 Jaguars Jaguars OT Toma Pinati 2018-19 Buffalo 2020-2021
2020 7:228 Jets Jets FB Ousmane Green 2017-19 Eastern Michigan 2020-2021
2021 1:13 Bills Bills CB Sean Taylor 2017-20 Western Michigan 2021
2021 1:19 49ers 49ers OLB Brandon Thomas 2018-20 Eastern Michigan 2021
2021 2:46 Bears Bears OT Marcus Waterman 2017-20 Buffalo 2021
2021 2:56 Lions Lions TE Emory Johnson 2016-20 Northern Illinois 2021
2021 3:69 Patriots Patriots RB Daniel Hutchins 2017-20 Northern Illinois 2021
2021 3:90 Jaguars Jaguars RB Owen Walton 2019-20 Ohio 2021
2021 4:108 Raiders Raiders CB A'Shawn Ellison 2019-20 Central Michigan 2021
2021 4:119 Chargers Chargers ILB Kareem Boykin 2019-20 Western Michigan 2021
2021 5:158 Jets Jets DT Russel Brandt 2016-20 Northern Illinois 2021
2021 5:164 Panthers Panthers C Jacob Alves 2019-20 Akron 2021
2021 7:218 Steelers Steelers WR Chan Pease 2018-20 Ball State 2021
2021 7:229 Jets Jets DT Dwayne Montgomery 2017-20 Toledo 2021
2021 7:236 Ravens Ravens K Trent Michaels 2020 Central Michigan 2021
2021 7:242 Jets Jets G Jayden Grove 2017-20 Ohio 2021

MAC Conference Records

Single Game Records

Offense

Passing
  • Most Passing Attempts: 71 - Charles Warren, QB EMU 2016 (Week 10 vs. Akron)
  • Most Completions: 39 - Charles Warren, QB EMU 2016 (Week 10 vs. Akron)
  • Highest Completion Percentage (min. 20 attempts): 85.19% - Blair Holcomb, QB BUF 2020 (Week 14 vs. Bowling Green)
  • Most Touchdowns: 5 (tie) - Benjamin Hanson, QB TOL 2019 (Week 5 vs. Old Dominion) and Blair Holcomb, QB BUF 2020 (Week 14 vs. Bowling Green)
  • Most Interceptions: 5 (tie) - T.J. Zamora, QB AKR 2017 (Week 4 vs. Kentucky) and John Garland, QB KNT 2018 (Week 6 vs. Minnesota)
  • Yards per Attempt (min. 20 attempts): 15.21 - Blair Holcomb, QB BUF 2020 (Week 14 vs. Bowling Green)
  • Most Passing Yards: 481 - Charles Warren, QB EMU 2016 (Week 8 vs. Miami (OH))
Receiving
  • Most Receptions: 14 - Jared Putnam, WR EMU 2016 (Week 8 vs. Miami (OH))
  • Most Receiving Yards: 204 - Jared Putnam, WR EMU 2016 (Week 8 vs. Miami (OH))
  • Most Touchdown Receptions: 2 (tie) - Numerous players
  • Highest Yards per Reception (min. 3 receptions): 38.0 - James Armstrong, WR CMU 2018 (Week 8 vs. Kent State)
Rushing
  • Most Rushes: 38 - Emmett Spears, RB KNT 2017 (Week 6 vs. Ohio)
  • Most Yards: 306 - Emmanuel Fields, RB WMU 2017 (Week 8 vs. Ohio)
  • Most Rushing Touchdowns: 6 - Emmanuel Fields, RB WMU 2017 (Week 8 vs. Ohio)
  • Highest Yards per Carry (min. 10 rushes): 11.67 - Daniel Hutchins, RB NIU 2019 (Week 5 vs. FIU)

Defense

Special Teams

Single Season Records

Offense

Passing
  • Most Passing Attempts: 650 - Douglas Graham, QB MIA 2017
  • Most Completions: 377 - Douglas Graham, QB MIA 2017
  • Most Passing Yards: 4141 - Douglas Graham, QB MIA 2017
  • Highest Completion Percentage (min. 100 attempts): 67.3% - Benjamin Hanson, QB TOL 2019
  • Most Touchdowns: 29 - Douglas Graham, QB MIA 2017
  • Most Interceptions: 19 - John Garland, QB KNT 2018
  • Yards per Attempt (min. 100 attempts): 9.17 - Benjamin Hanson, QB TOL 2019
  • Passing Yards per Game (min. 100 attempts): 307.7 - Douglas Graham, QB MIA 2016
Receiving
  • Most Receiving Yards: 1273 - Melvin Grubbs, WR MIA 2017
  • Most Receptions: 103 - Melvin Grubbs, WR MIA 2017
  • Most Touchdown Receptions: 10 (tie) - Melvin Grubbs, WR MIA 2017 and Kenneth Harrison, WR MIA 2019
  • Highest Yards per Reception (min. 30 receptions): 16.33 - Aaron Hughes, WR TOL 2019
  • Receiving Yards per Game (min. 4 games): 93.33 - Kenneth Harrison, WR MIA 2019
Rushing
  • Most Attempts: 388 - Emmanuel Fields, RB WMU 2017
  • Most Yards: 1935 - Emmanuel Fields, RB WMU 2017
  • Most Rushing Touchdowns: 29 - Emmanuel Fields, RB WMU 2017
  • Highest Yards per Carry (min. 50 attempts): 6.66 - Giovanni Shaw, QB EMU 2019
  • Rushing Yards per Game (min. 4 games): 148.84 - Emmanuel Fields, RB WMU 2017

Defense

Special Teams

Career Records

Offense

  • Most Passing Attempts: 1695 - Douglas Graham, QB MIA 2016-18
  • Most Completions: 991 - Douglas Graham, QB MIA 2016-18
  • Most Passing Yards: 11175 - Douglas Graham, QB MIA 2016-18
  • Highest Completion Percentage (min. 200 attempts): 68.1% - Benjamin Hanson, QB TOL 2019
  • Most Touchdowns: 71 - Douglas Graham, QB MIA 2016-18
  • Most Interceptions: 37 - T.J. Zamora, QB AKR 2017-19
  • Yards per Attempt (min. 200 attempts): 9.17 - Benjamin Hanson, QB TOL 2019
  • Passing Yards per Game (min. 200 attempts): 286.5 - Douglas Graham, QB MIA 2016-18
Receiving
  • Most Receiving Yards: 2615 - Melvin Grubbs, WR MIA 2017-19
  • Most Receptions: 210 - Melvin Grubbs, WR MIA 2017-19
  • Most Touchdown Receptions: 16 (tie) - Melvin Grubbs, WR MIA 2017-19; Patrick Witherspoon, TE MIA 2016-19; Emory Johnson, TE MIA 2017-19
  • Highest Yards per Reception (min. 90 receptions): 14.01 - Aaron Hughes, WR TOL 2016-19
  • Receiving Yards per Game (min. 15 games): Christopher Negrete, WR MIA 2016-17
Rushing
  • Most Attempts:
  • Most Yards:
  • Most Rushing Touchdowns:
  • Highest Yards per Carry (min. 150 attempts):
  • Rushing Yards per Game (min. 15 games):

Defense

Special Teams