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MAC Football Power Rankings: Bowling Green the new No. 1, Northern Illinois to 3

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After an upset at the Glass Bowl, Toledo slides down from the top spot in our power rankings after sitting there for eight weeks.

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November: it's where college football loses its goddamned mind.

With the Toledo Rockets acting as the Mid-American Conference's only team to make it in the College Football Playoff rankings at 24, they went on to start the month off the only way we'd be able to recognize November -- complete and utter chaos.

Rank Team Points (First Place Picks) Preseason Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 Bowling Green 12 (12) 3 4 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2
2 Western Michigan 33 4 3 5 5 5 5 4 3 3 3
3 Northern Illinois 34 2 1 3 2 3 6 5 4 4 4
4 Toledo 42 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
5 Central Michigan 59 10 9 6 8 7 4 6 5 5 5
6 Buffalo 73 8 8 8 7 8 8 8 9 6 6
7 Akron 90 9 11 11 10 9 10 9 7 t8 9
8 Ohio 100 7 7 4 4 4 3 3 6 7 7
9 Ball State 105 5 5 7 6 6 7 7 10 t8 8
10 Kent State 118 12 13 12 12 11 11 11 8 11 10
11 Massachusetts 131 6 6 9 9 10 9 10 11 10 11
12 Miami 134 12 10 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13
13 Eastern Michigan 149 13 12 10 11 12 12 12 12 12 12

I said this in the first power rankings, but I think now's a perfect time to reiterate something: our power rankings aren't directly reflected by the conference standings and all head-to-head match-ups, but they certainly do have a lot of merit in our individual picks.

The Rockets choked, fell apart to Northern Illinois 32-27 at home and fell down to No. 4 in our rankings after sitting up top for eight weeks. The Huskies, 4-1 in MAC play with a loss to Central Michigan in early October, received 34 total points, just one point shy of Western Michigan's point total.

Bowling Green and Western Michigan are the only two teams without a loss in MAC play (both 5-0), sit at 1 and 2 respectively. The Falcons, our unanimous No. 1 team, will play on the road this week against Western Michigan (go figure) on Wednesday night.

Central Michigan, one of three teams in the West with a 4-1 conference record, is our No. 5 team for the fourth week in a row. The Chippewas are coming off of a bye week and will play against Toledo on Tuesday night.

A disappointing Ball State season has brought them from our Top 5 at the beginning of the season and now are at No. 9. Ohio, outscored 152-55 in their current 3-game losing streak, move down a spot to No. 8.

Buffalo's late comeback against Kent State keeps them at No. 6 (Kent to 10); Akron came back to beat Massachusetts 17-13 on Saturday, sliding up two spots and leapfrogging Ohio to be the No. 7 team. UMass plays Eastern Michigan on Saturday while Ohio plays against Kent State on Tuesday.

Miami was our last place team for eight weeks, but a win over Eastern Michigan has the two trading places at the bottom.

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