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MAC Power Rankings: Is Ohio the Best Non-Bowl Eligible Team?

At 5-5, Ohio could still go bowling once they play their final two games. One of those games is at Miami. The other is at home, but against Northern Illinois.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Not Going Bowling Anyways

13. Kent State Golden Flashes

12. Buffalo Bulls

11. Eastern Michigan Eagles

10. Miami RedHawks

9. UMass Minutemen

Sorry UMass. It was fun, the optimism was there. Next year will be different (maybe*. I'm not a future teller). But, on my personal ballot, I have Kent State above Buffalo just because of how their respective games went the other day. Kent State gave Toledo of all teams a scare at the end.

And for other fan bases, this group could have you saying "story of my life."


Wow Akron

8. Akron Zips

7. Ball State

6. Ohio Bobcats

The sad part is, of the three, Ball State is least likely to make it to a bowl game. Akron needs to go 2-1 the rest of the way, but all three remaining games are in the Not Going Bowling Anyways category. It felt like not too long ago that we were arguing whether or not Akron was too high or too low in our rankings. And Pohl didn't play too badly against Bowling Green. Dropped passes will make things harder than they need to be. You'd think that schools would start investing in giant umbrellas that would keep the football surfaces more dry since building domes for everybody to play in seems unlikely.

Look At All Those MAC West Teams

5. Central Michigan Chippewas

4. Bowling Green Falcons

3. Western Michigan Broncos

2. Northern Illinois Huskies

1. Toledo Rockets

These five are bowl-eligible. The last to get to the six-win mark was Bowling Green. They'll probably go to Detroit too, with their last MAC East opponent being Kent State on Wednesday. But there's very little shake in our rankings for the most part. The good teams are good, we just [still] have to wait until somebody really screws things up and loses, because we're looking at a situation where teams are going to remain where they are until they lose. That's just how these things work out.