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MAC Football Power Rankings: Massachusetts is not good

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From dark horses to losing 15-10 to Kent State, the Minutemen are just having an unforgivable farewell season.

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Last week was pretty stale for a power rankings, but there's some fun movement in our rankings this week.

Toledo and Bowling Green both continued their winning ways against Eastern Michigan and Akron like they're supposed to, but it looks like some other games yesterday forced more changes in here.

Rank Team Points (First place picks) Preseason Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
1 Toledo 14 (14) 1 2 1 1 1 1 1
2 Bowling Green 29 3 4 2 3 2 2 2
3 Western Michigan 45 4 3 5 5 5 5 4
4 Northern Illinois 58 2 1 3 2 3 6 5
5 Central Michigan 66 10 9 6 8 7 4 6
6 Ohio 82 10 9 6 8 7 4 3
7 Akron 119 9 11 11 10 9 10 9
8 Kent State 121 12 13 12 12 11 11 11
9 Buffalo 123 8 8 8 7 8 8 8
10 Ball State 125 5 5 7 6 6 7 7
11 Massachusetts 149 6 6 9 9 10 9 10
12 Eastern Michigan 163 13 12 10 11 12 12 12
13 Miami 181 12 10 13 13 13 13 13

The Kent State vs. Massachusetts game raised two questions: 1) just how bad are the Minutemen and 2) how much should we buy into Kent State's 2-1 MAC record? The two wins were to Miami and now UMass while the loss came last week against Toledo. It's pretty safe for them to land ahead of the two teams they've beaten especially since they're both winless against other MAC teams. But this UMass team was a team a lot of people wanted to buy into before the season began and they've just been disappointing.

Western Michigan won huge on the road against Ohio, moving the Broncos up to No. 3 while the Bobcats slide down to 6. If we were breaking this into tiers, these two teams would act as bookends for the hypothetical second tier.

Ball State? What happened? You were the No. 5 team from our voters early on, Riley Neal took over the starting quarterback job and has been a fun watch, but then a loss to Georgia State is... oh boy.

Buffalo moved down to 9 after they had a big loss to Central Michigan. It's probably not too surprising that Central Michigan held Anthone Taylor to 52 yards, but I was told this Buffalo defense was pretty good and the Chippewas still ended up putting a 50-spot on them.

Since their loss to CMU, Northern Illinois is continuing to pickup steam and some of our voters liked them to be higher than the Chippewas despite the standings. Putting up 104 points over the last two games and Joel Bouganon has picked up 283 rushing yards with five touchdowns.

Voters: Alex Alvarado, Brandon Fitzsimons, Brandon Hickey, Keith Scheessele, James Jimenez, Kaleb Carter, Matthew Gritzmacher, Norman Miller, Justin Coffin, Russ Johnson, Matt Daley, Chris Manning, Nick Fries, Matt Hammond.