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Breaking down the Madden 21 Ratings for Mid-American Conference alumni

A deeper, data-filled by school and positional look at the newly released Madden ratings.

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Without MAC games this fall, we are spending more time looking at games...video games.

With our previous Madden post being somewhat of interest to our readership, we decided to dive deeper into the numbers.

As my college transcript shows, I am not a math and numbers guys unless it is totaling up the score on the corn hole boards.

Thankfully, an old friend and high school teammate, Cody (@CodyRaich) offered his data filled expertise to break down the number further for our enjoyment.

Below is a listing of average overall Madden rating by school.

Miami has the highest-average rating of the 13 programs considered, aided by Brandon Brooks’ 93 overall and Ben Roethlisberger’s 81 overall. UMass (who still has one player active in the NFL from their MAC days in Tajae Sharpe) and Kent State (two players) are aided by their small sample sizes.

(Sidenote: Detroit’s Matt Prater, who spent the majority of his career in the MAC as UCF’s kicker, finished his career in Conference USA, and is therefore not considered in these rankings.)

BGSU has four former players, with none rating higher than a (nice) 69 overall rating, to claim the 13th and final position.

MAC School PLAYER OVERALL AVERAGE BY SCHOOL
Miami 80.7
Northern Illinois 75.4
U-MASS 75.0
Kent State 74.5
Western Michigan 70.6
Ohio 70.5
Ball State 69.5
Buffalo 69.5
Central Michigan 68.3
Eastern Michigan 67.3
Toledo 65.1
Akron 63.5
BGSU 62.0

The chart below shows the number of players per school and their percentage of the MAC population in the Madden franchise.

Unsurprisingly, Toledo leads the way with 14 total players, making up 23 percent of the total MAC representation.

The only other schools above ten percent are Central Michigan at 15 percent (9 players) and Buffalo with 10 percent (6 players).

BGSU has four players, but only two of those four finished their collegiate careers out of the MAC.

MAC School MAC School MAC School
Toledo 14 23%
Central Michigan 9 15%
Buffalo 6 10%
Northern Illinois 5 8%
Western Michigan 5 8%
Akron 4 7%
BGSU 4 7%
Eastern Michigan 4 7%
Miami 3 5%
Ball State 2 3%
Kent State 2 3%
Ohio 2 3%
U-MASS 1 2%

Positionally, the conference’s most loved position is punter thanks to the indomitable Brett Kern, the former Rocket who plies his trade with the Tennessee Titans.

The MAC’s 5th best position, according to Madden, is wide receiver, which happens to be the most represented position, with 12 players claiming MAC ties.

Position Rating AVE OVR POSITION AVE RAT OF AVE RAT DF AVE RAT SP # in Each POS
P 84.00 84.00 1.00
FS 83.00 83.00 1.00
HB 87.00 75.50 2.00
OLB 97.00 71.20 5.00
WR 78.00 70.58 12.00
CB 71.00 70.17 6.00
EXTERIOR LINEMAN 74.00 68.75 4.00
K 68.00 68.00 1.00
FB 70.00 67.50 2.00
INTERIOR LINEMAN 60.00 67.13 68.43 68.50 76.00 8.00
DEFENSIVE END 77.00 66.29 7.00
QB 60.00 65.75 4.00
MLB 60.00 64.00 3.00
SS 69.00 64.00 2.00
TE 63.00 61.50 3.00

Here is the full breakdown by position:

Position Player Rating MAC School NFL Team AVE OVR POS AVE RAT OF AVE RAT DF AVE RAT SP # in Each POS
C Greg Mancz 60 Toledo Texans 67.1 68.43 68.5 76 8
G Danny Pinter 61 Ball State Colts
G Zac Kerin 53 Toledo Titans
LG Max Scharping 70 Northern Illinois Texans
LG Brandon Brooks 93 Miami Eagles
RG Brian Winters 79 Kent State Jets
RG Ryan Hunter 55 BGSU Chiefs
RG Andrew Wylie 66 Eastern Michigan Chiefs
LT Eric Fisher 74 Central Michigan Chiefs 68.8 4
RT Storm Norton 55 Toledo Chargers
RT Taylor Moton 80 Western Michigan Panthers
OT Chukwuma Okorafor 66 Western Michigan Steelers
TE Michael Roberts 63 Toledo Dolphins 61.5 3
TE Mason Schreck 60 Buffalo Bengals
TE Tyler Conklin 64 Central Michigan Vikings
FB Roosevelt Nix 70 Kent State Colts 67.5 2
FB Nick Bellore 65 Central Michigan Seahawks
HB Kareem Hunt 87 Toledo Browns 75.5 2
HB Darius Jackson 64 Eastern Michigan Colts
WR Willie Snead IV 78 Ball State Ravens 70.6 12
WR Jojo Natson 59 Akron Browns
WR Diontae Johnson 76 Toledo Steelers
WR Anthony Johnson 65 Buffalo Steelers
WR Corey Davis 79 Western Michigan Titans
WR Gehrig Dieter 64 BGSU (Ended at Bama) Chiefs
WR Jon'Vae Johnson 67 Toledo Cowboys
WR Kenny Golladay 86 Northern Illinois Lions
WR KJ Osborn 65 Buffalo (ended at the "U") Vikings
WR Tajae Sharpe 75 U-MASS Vikings
WR Tommylee Lewis 64 Northern Illinois Saints
WR Scotty Miller 69 BGSU Buccaneers
QB James Morgan 60 BGSU (Ended at FIU) Jets 65.8 4
QB Ben Roethlisberger 81 Miami Steelers
QB Logan Woodside 47 Toledo Titans
QB Cooper Rush 75 Central Michigan Giants
DE Maxx Crosby 77 Eastern Michigan Raiders 66.3 7
LE Demone Harris 62 Buffalo Chiefs
LE Joe Ostman 63 Central Michigan Eagles
LE Treyvon Hester 68 Toledo Packers
LE Steven Means 68 Buffalo Falcons
RE Micheal Danna 64 Central Michigan (ended at Michigan) Chiefs
RE Patrick O'Connor 62 Eastern Michigan Buccaneers
LOLB Khalil Mack 97 Buffalo Bears 71.2 5
ROLB Tarell Basham 70 Ohio Jets
ROLB Jamal Davis II 64 Akron Packers
OLB Ola Adeniyi 63 Toledo Steelers
OLB Ulysses Gilbert III 62 Akron Steelers
MLB Robert Spillane 60 Western Michigan Steelers 64.0 3
MLB Tuzar Skipper 63 Toledo Steelers
LB Justin March 69 Akron Cowboys
CB TJ Carrie 71 Ohio Colts 70.2 6
CB Rashaan Melvin 74 Northern Illinois Jaguars
CB Sam Beal 68 Western Michigan Giants
CB Xavier Crawford 64 Central Michigan Bears
CB Kadar Hollman 67 Toledo Packers
CB Sean Murphy-Bunting 77 Central Michigan Buccaneers
SS Kavon Frazier 69 Central Michigan Dolphins 64.0 2
SS Roland Milligan 59 Toledo Colts
FS Jimmie Ward 83 Northern Illinois 49ers 83.0 1
K Sam Sloman 68 Miami Rams 68.0 1
P Brett Kern 84 Toledo Titans 84.0 1

... and here is the full breakdown by school:

Position Player Rating MAC School NFL Team # From School in NFL % of MAC From their school OVR AVE SCHOOL
WR Jojo Natson 59 Akron Browns 4 7% 63.50
ROLB Jamal Davis II 64 Akron Packers
OLB Ulysses Gilbert III 62 Akron Steelers
LB Justin March 69 Akron Cowboys
G Danny Pinter 61 Ball State Colts 2 3% 69.5
WR Willie Snead IV 78 Ball State Ravens
RG Ryan Hunter 55 BGSU Chiefs 4 7% 62
WR Scotty Miller 69 BGSU Buccaneers
WR Gehrig Dieter 64 BGSU (Ended at Bama) Chiefs
QB James Morgan 60 BGSU (Ended at FIU) Jets
TE Mason Schreck 60 Buffalo Bengals 6 10% 69.5
WR Anthony Johnson 65 Buffalo Steelers
LE Demone Harris 62 Buffalo Chiefs
LE Steven Means 68 Buffalo Falcons
LOLB Khalil Mack 97 Buffalo Bears
WR KJ Osborn 65 Buffalo (ended at the "U") Vikings
LT Eric Fisher 74 Central Michigan Chiefs 9 15% 68.33333333
TE Tyler Conklin 64 Central Michigan Vikings
FB Nick Bellore 65 Central Michigan Seahawks
QB Cooper Rush 75 Central Michigan Giants
LE Joe Ostman 63 Central Michigan Eagles
CB Xavier Crawford 64 Central Michigan Bears
CB Sean Murphy-Bunting 77 Central Michigan Buccaneers
SS Kavon Frazier 69 Central Michigan Dolphins
RE Micheal Danna 64 Central Michigan (ended at Michigan) Chiefs
RG Andrew Wylie 66 Eastern Michigan Chiefs 4 7% 67.25
HB Darius Jackson 64 Eastern Michigan Colts
DE Maxx Crosby 77 Eastern Michigan Raiders
RE Patrick O'Connor 62 Eastern Michigan Buccaneers
RG Brian Winters 79 Kent State Jets 2 3% 74.5
FB Roosevelt Nix 70 Kent State Colts
LG Brandon Brooks 93 Miami Eagles 3 5% 80.66666667
QB Ben Roethlisberger 81 Miami Steelers
K Sam Sloman 68 Miami Rams
LG Max Scharping 70 Northern Illinois Texans 5 8% 75.4
WR Kenny Golladay 86 Northern Illinois Lions
WR Tommylee Lewis 64 Northern Illinois Saints
CB Rashaan Melvin 74 Northern Illinois Jaguars
FS Jimmie Ward 83 Northern Illinois 49ers
ROLB Tarell Basham 70 Ohio Jets 2 3% 70.5
CB TJ Carrie 71 Ohio Colts
C Greg Mancz 60 Toledo Texans 14 23% 65.14285714
G Zac Kerin 53 Toledo Titans
RT Storm Norton 55 Toledo Chargers
TE Michael Roberts 63 Toledo Dolphins
HB Kareem Hunt 87 Toledo Browns
WR Diontae Johnson 76 Toledo Steelers
WR Jon'Vae Johnson 67 Toledo Cowboys
QB Logan Woodside 47 Toledo Titans
LE Treyvon Hester 68 Toledo Packers
OLB Ola Adeniyi 63 Toledo Steelers
MLB Tuzar Skipper 63 Toledo Steelers
CB Kadar Hollman 67 Toledo Packers
SS Roland Milligan 59 Toledo Colts
P Brett Kern 84 Toledo Titans
WR Tajae Sharpe 75 U-MASS Vikings 1 2% 75
RT Taylor Moton 80 Western Michigan Panthers 5 8% 70.6
OT Chukwuma Okorafor 66 Western Michigan Steelers
WR Corey Davis 79 Western Michigan Titans
MLB Robert Spillane 60 Western Michigan Steelers
CB Sam Beal 68 Western Michigan Giants

Again, special thanks to Cody Raich (@CodyRaich) for the deep data dive.