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MAC Football Power Rankings: Toledo remains No. 1, but just barely

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Toledo is our No. 1 team in the MAC, but only by two points.

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I have a feeling that this week's power rankings is going to get a fanbase or two upset, but that's to be expected. So let's just rip the Band-Aid right off and get to it:

Rank Team Points (First place picks) Preseason Week 1 Week 2
1 Toledo 20 (8) 1 2 1
2 Northern Illinois 22 (6) 2 1 3
3 Bowling Green 46 3 4 2
4 Ohio 67 7 7 4
5 Western Michigan 68 4 3 5
6 Ball State 99 5 5 7
7 Buffalo 101 8 8 8
8 Central Michigan 102 10 9 6
9 Massachusetts 122 6 6 9
10 Akron 147 9 11 11
11 Eastern Michigan 154 13 12 10
12 Kent State 161 12 13 12
13 Miami 165 12 10 13

OHH NELLY, HERE WE GO.

The Rockets are now 2-0 after knocking off Iowa State at home 30-23 in double overtime. Last week, they re-took the top spot in our rankings after they beat a then-ranked Arkansas team on the road.

Northern Illinois won their first two games against UNLV and Murray State, but impressed a lot of people that tuned into their road matchup against the defending national champions. They lost to Ohio State 20-13, but caused five turnovers.

Bowling Green flipped with Northern Illinois and is down to three in the rankings after losing the shootout against Memphis 44-41. Ohio remains at four and is the only unbeaten team with an overall record of 3-0 after taking care of SE Louisiana. The Broncos also stay put at five after beating Murray State, their first win of the season.

Riley Neal put on a great performance in the MAC opener against Eastern Michigan, moving the Cardinals up to six and the Eagles down a spot to 11.