With only two weeks left in the regular season, Central Michigan is out in front. However, all the competitive teams in the West play each other, so anything can happen.
Eastern Michigan Eagles #12
6-20 overall, 1-13 MAC, 6th Place, MAC West
Eastern Michigan has had a tough season. With Toledo, Northern Illinois, Ball State and Central Michigan as their next 4 games, it isn’t going to get any easier.
Akron Zips #11
9-16, 2-12, 6th Place, MAC East
Since shocking Northern Illinois in DeKalb, the Zips have only managed one win. That win was against Eastern Michigan, and good enough to keep them out of the gutter.
Bowling Green Falcons #10
7-19, 3-11, Tied Third, MAC East
Even though the Falcons knocked off the RedHawks in their last outing, they are still one place back. I guess my fellow voters are more impressed with the better overall record, or the close loss against Northern Illinois. Everyone’s got their own criteria, which part of what makes ranking teams so much fun.
Miami Redhawks #9
9-18, 3-11, Tied Third, MAC East
It’s been a rough season for the Redhawks, but like their male counterparts, they are young and there is hope for the future.
Western Michigan Broncos #8
16-9, 7-7, 5th Place, MAC West
After a brutal middle part of the MAC season where they lost 5 in a row, the Broncos have rebounded and have won 2 straight. The schedule is tough from here on out, facing the 4 teams ahead of them in the MAC West.
Toledo Rockets #7
17-8, 8-6, Fourth Place, MAC West
The Rockets are in must win mode if they want a bye in the MAC tournament.
Buffalo Bulls #6
18-7, 8-6, Third Place, MAC East
Very much in the hunt this season, with all the young talent, look for the Bulls to be one of the favorites next season.
Ohio Bobcats #5
18-7, 9-5, Tied First Place, MAC East
The Bobcats have lost 2 in a row, but are still very much in contention for a top 4 spot and a bye in the MAC tournament. The game tonight in Buffalo is going to be huge.
Kent State Golden Flashes #4
15-11, 9-5, Tied First Place, MAC West
Though technically tied, the Flashes have two wins against the Bobcats, which would give the Flashes the edge for the MAC tournament seeding.
Northern Illinois Huskies #3
18-7, 11-3, Tied Second Place, MAC West
They say you can’t win a championship without a good defense. Ok, I say it. The Huskies are on the road against Central Michigan tonight. They can certainly go a long way in proving me wrong with a win.
Ball State Cardinals #2
18-8, 11-3, Tied Second Place, MAC West
Win against Northern Illinois last week helped with their power ranking position today, and will go a long way in helping them get a bye in the MAC tournament.
Central Michigan Chippewas #1
20-6, 12-2, First Place, MAC West
The Chippewas are a good mix of inside presence and outside scoring. It will be tough to knock the them off their perch, but they face number 2 and 3 in our rankings, so certainly it’s possible.