The Minimal MAC Teams
13. Eastern Michigan Eagles (LW: 13)
12. Kent State Golden Flashes (LW: 12)
11. Massachusetts Minutemen (LW: 11)
10. Miami RedHawks (LW:10)
There looks to be no movement in this tier, but that was about expected, seeing as only Eastern can claim a win in this group, and that was against FCS foe Morgan State in Week One. The main surprise is that Eastern did not move up in the BYE week after Kent State's poor showing against Virginia this week. Massachusetts would have been eligible for a move in to the "top 10" if they could have pulled off the upset against Bowling Green. But, UMass gonna UMass.
The Middling MAC Teams
9. Western Michigan Broncos (LW: 9)
8. Central Michigan Chippewas (LW: 8)
7. Buffalo Bulls (LW: t-6)
6. Ball State Cardinals (LW: 4)
5. Ohio Bobcats (LW: t-6)
The middling teams did not move very much either, with Western and Central staying stagnant after expected losses to Virginia Tech and Toledo, respectively. Ohio and Buffalo broke their tie, with Ohio winning against Eastern Illinois, and Buffalo struggling to put away the RedHawks. Ball State is the story here, as they fall the most amount of spots of any team and find their narrative turning from potential champ to potential chump.
The Motivated MAC Teams
4. Akron Zips (LW: 5)
3. Bowling Green Falcons LW: 3)
Akron only moves up one spot despite a huge program-building win against Pittsburgh at Heinz Field this past Saturday, as the voters still believe in the Bowling Green Falcons to salvage their season despite an extremely close win against Massachusetts, considered by many football experts one of the worst teams in FBS football.
The Mighty MAC Teams
2. Toledo Rockets (LW: 2)
1. Northern Illinois Huskies (LW: 1)
Northern Illinois is no longer in a league of their own. This does not mean that the Huskies are bad; they just did not have a chance to showcase their dominance this week. It's hard to stay on top after a loss, even if that loss is to SEC sleeper Arkansas. Toledo, meanwhile, is on a turbo rocket of momentum after running through, over, under, and sideways over Central's porous run defense to become 2-0 in MAC play, showing that they shouldn't be counted out in the MAC Championship discussion.
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