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MAC Football Power Rankings: Week 8

Akron? We talkin’ about Akron? Yes, we are talking about Akron.

NCAA Football: Iowa State at Akron David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports

I told you Akron would be leading the East at this point in the season, said no one ever. It’s been a fun and unpredictable season so far and I don’t anticipate it getting “normal” anytime soon. Here is a look at the power rankings this week. Take a screen shot, they very well could be completely different next week.

#11 Tie Kent State Gold Flashes and Bowling Green Falcons

Average Rank, 11.25

Both teams haven’t looked so great this season but both teams seem to be improving.

#10 Ball State Cardinals

Average Rank 9.75

Most of the voters had the Cardinals right around 10. Unlike the teams above them, there is a consensus. The Cardinals aren’t the worst, but they are toward the bottom.

#9 Miami RedHawks

Average Rank, 9.125

The RedHawks are fighting for their lives at this point in the season. It didn’t have to be that way, they let multiple games slip away at the end.

#8 Central Michigan Chippewas

Average Rank, 7.25

The Chips have had their ups and their downs this season. A win against Ball State this week will put them at .500 for the year.

#7 Buffalo Bulls

Average Rank, 6

The Bulls are having themselves a decent season. In fact, they should win three more games and get bowl eligible.

#6 Akron Zips

Average Rank, 5.75

The votes for the Zips are all over the place, from a high of 2 and a low of 9. A win against Toledo, or even a close game, might solidify the voting toward the top.

#5 Eastern Michigan Eagles

Average Rank, 5.5.

The Eagles are only 2-4 on the season, but the losses are by a combined 17 points. All against quality teams. Sadly the road doesn’t get much easier, as they take on the Broncos next. It’s a huge contest if they want to go bowling for a second consecutive season.

#4 Western Michigan Broncos

Average Rank, 3.875

2 points, 2 points, my kingdom for 2 points. The Broncos lost to the Zips by 1 at home in a rare Sunday game. With those 2 points, they would be riding a 5 game winning streak. Instead, there are rumblings of discontent in Kalamazoo.

#3 Ohio Bobcats

Average Rank, 3.75

With Kent State and Miami up next, the Bobcats could be 7-2 as they face the meat of their schedule, Toledo, Akron, and Buffalo.

#2 Northern Illinois Huskies

Average Rank, 2.875

4-2 Northern Illinois has yet to lose a game by more than a single possession. If their offense gets clicking, they just might run the table.

#1 Toledo Rockets

Average Rank, 1.5

Sitting at 5-1, with the only loss coming at number 8 Miami, there isn’t too much to complain about if you are a Rockets fan. However the offense has sputtered a bit recently and hasn’t quite been the beast we expected this season. With Akron, Ohio, and Northern Illinois coming up in 3 of their next 4 games, we’ll find out soon enough if they deserve the number 1 spot.