Wednesday was not a great day for the MAC. Both division champions, including MAC Champion Bowling Green, were both destroyed in their respective bowls, with Bowling Green failing to score in the second half against Georgia Southern after holding a 7 point lead, and Northern Illinois gaining 33 total yards on offense the entire day against Boise State.
This places the MAC at 2-3 overall in the bowl season, with today's game and the Quick Lane Bowl to go.
So, just what can we expect from this game? Well, let's just hope it's somewhere as close as last year's Bahamas Bowl:
Western Michigan (7-5, 6-2 MAC) is one of four teams to win the MAC West this season and managed to dash Toledo's chances at going to the MAC Championship game (and potentially the New Year's Six) in coordination with NIU. Coach PJ Fleck has led the Broncos to their second bowl in three seasons, just two years after a disastrous 1-11 season. They look to win Western's first bowl in program history; WMU is 0-8 in bowl games, including a 38-24 loss to the Air Force Academy last season.
Middle Tennessee (7-5, 6-3 C*USA) won five of their last six games to clinch a bowl berth, outscoring opponents 221-105 during that stretch. MTSU had extremely competitive losses to Illinois (25-27) and Vanderbilt (13-17) in back-to-back weeks, and if there's one thing you don;t want to run into during bowl season, it's a hot team. MTSU finished 2nd in the East Division to eventual C*USA champion Western Kentucky.
You can catch the game at noon Eastern time on ESPN, or watch the game on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
Our amateur Pick 'Em prognosticators have WMU over MTSU in this game, with the Broncos tallying up 57% of the vote. '
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