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MAC Football Power Rankings: Western Michigan slides down to No. 4

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Very little movement going around this week, but BGSU is the only team that's undefeated in MAC play left.

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After a 41-27 win over Western Michigan, the Bowling Green Falcons remain as our unanimous No. 1 team in the football power rankings.

Rank Team Points (First place picks) Preseason Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 Bowling Green 14 (14) 3 4 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 1
2 Northern Illinois 35 2 1 3 2 3 6 5 4 4 4 3
3 Toledo 40 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4
4 Western Michigan 51 4 3 5 5 5 5 4 3 3 3 2
5 Central Michigan 72 10 9 6 8 7 4 6 5 5 5 5
6 Buffalo 92 8 8 8 7 8 8 8 9 6 6 6
7 Ohio 98 7 7 4 4 4 3 3 6 7 7 8
8 Akron 103 9 11 11 10 9 10 9 7 t8 8 7
9 Ball State 129 5 5 7 6 6 7 7 10 t8 8 9
10 Kent State 148 12 13 12 12 11 11 11 8 11 10 10
11 Miami 156 12 10 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 12
12 Massachusetts 160 6 6 9 9 10 9 10 11 10 11 11
13 Eastern Michigan 176 13 12 10 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 13

The Falcons are out there having all the fun, outscored opponents 272-99 in their last five games. Their win on Wednesday over WMU secured their spot up top for the second week in a row. Western Michigan has two games remaining on their schedule: a road trip against Northern Illinois this Wednesday and then the regular season finale against Toledo. Aside from power ranking movements, the MAC West will eventually be decided over the next couple of weeks.

Northern Illinois picked up a win over Toledo and followed up with a win over Buffalo on Wednesday for them to move up to No. 2 in the standings with Toledo hanging in at No. 3 with a win over Central Michigan. The Chippewas still stay at No. 5 while the Bulls also remain where they stood last week at 6.

The Ohio Bobcats took care of Kent State easily 27-0, moving them up to 7. The Akron Zips were at 7 last week but slid down a spot even after a 9-point win over the Miami RedHawks.

Voters: Alex Alvarado, Brandon Fitzsimons, Brandon Hickey, Keith Scheessele, James Jimenez, Matt Gritzmacher, Kaleb Carter, Norman Miller, Justin Coffin, Russ Johnson, Chris Manning, Nick Fries, Matt Hammond, Matt Daley