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MAC Basketball Power Rankings: Week 6

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Chips take a big jump after taking down Northwestern

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So, let's keep up this whole knocking off B1G teams every week, okay?

After Eastern Michigan knocked off Michigan two weeks ago, the Eagles moved to the top of the Power Rankings. Central Michigan's rise wasn't quite that high, but the jump was quite noticeable after the Chips took down Northwestern in Evanston last week.

Rank Team Previously Last Week
1 Eastern Michigan 1 L - at Michigan State, W - at Missouri State
2 Toledo 3 W - Robert Morris, W - at McNeese State
3 Akron 2 L - at North Dakota State, W - Bluffton
4 Central Michigan 7 W - at Northwestern, W - Concordia
5 Western Michigan 4 L - at Northwestern
6 Buffalo 6 W - Drexel, W - Niagara
7 Bowling Green 5 L - Ferris State
8 Kent State 9 W - North Carolina A&T, W - North Dakota State
9 Ohio 8 L - at Evansville
10 Northern Illinois 10 W - Mississippi Valley State, L - at Dartmouth
11 Ball State 11 L - James Madison, L- at San Diego State
12 Miami 12 W - Longwood

Eastern Michigan holds on to the top spot, even after an abysmal shooting performance at Michigan State. They bounced back well with a road win at Missouri State, which is a decent mid-major team. Toledo won twice this week, and are starting to come into form after a 2-4 start to the season. Akron lost two in a row to decent mid-major teams in Middle Tennessee two weeks ago and North Dakota State this week, but only fell one spot. The Zips are looking a little vulnerable right now and need to finish off their non-conference schedule with some confidence.

It was really surprising to see the Chips jump from seventh to fourth when compiling these rankings. Are the Chips better than Western Michigan? Probably not, but it's good to see them get some love after an awesome win over a Big Ten team (even if it is Northwestern). Central Michigan is tenth in the nation in scoring, averaging a shade under 84 points per game.  They might fizzle out in conference play, but it's great to see them playing good basketball against decent teams.

The middle of the pack is filled with a bunch of decent-to-really good teams. When a team like Ohio, even though they are struggling, is at nine that says a lot about the strength of the conference. Buffalo and Kent State are underrated, and although Bowling Green just lost to a Division II team, they're still a contender. Western Michigan is still the defending champion and will benefit from the difficulty of their non-conference schedule. In short, this is going to be a fun conference to watch during conference play.

The bottom fourth of the conference stays the same, as Northern Illinois, Ball State and Miami didn't do anything to break into the next highest rung of the conference ladder. Ball State and Miami were likely to be at the bottom this year, but it's unexpected to see the Huskies so far down. They haven't been playing all that well this year and needs to pick up some wins as they close off the non-conference portion of their schedule.

So, what did we get right? Wrong? Give us your rankings in the comments.