When the bowl projections usually land in the preseason, nobody truly has a clue. Usually they peg the MAC for three bowls — and I'm always inclined to agree with them, because there's usually not more than three bowl-worthy teams. But with the proliferation of postseason dead-end games, coupled with a lack of actual teams to play them, those 6-6ers usually picked last in kickball are given a 13th game. And the bowl committee will hype up the matchup, talking about two great teams and lauding the competition, the national exposure and what's at stake. I guess.
But it's more football, and these 6-6 teams wouldn't otherwise be doing much else other than sulking.
For those who have poured out their bowl projections so far, here's where "they" think the MAC teams are going in December/January (note that ESPN has two bowl pickers, hence the two possibilities):
Northern Illinois Huskies (bowl eligible)
Ohio Bobcats (bowl eligible)
Temple Owls (bowl eligible)
Toledo Rockets (bowl eligible)
Ball St. Cardinals (bowl eligible)
Eastern Michigan Eagles (need one more win to become bowl eligible)
Can become bowl eligible: WMU (5-5), BGSU (4-6), Kent State (4-6), Miami (4-6)
Ineligible for bowl play: Akron, CMU, Buffalo