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2016 MAC Football Power Rankings: Little Movement in Week Eight

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It's been a good year for Directional Michigan University, who holds three of our top four spots this week.

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Rank Wk 7 Rank Team Record Points Notes from Week Eight
1 1 Western Michigan Broncos 8-0 9 (9) It wasn't pretty at times, but the Broncos ultimately took care of their rivals from Ypsilanti to clinch the Michigan MAC trophy. At 8-0, the Broncos are ranked 20th in the AP poll and will roll into Muncie for a date with the Struggling Ball State Cardinals
2 2 Toledo Rockets 6-1 18 The Rockets handled Central Michigan on Saturday and now set their sights to another home game against Ohio this Thursday night. Logan Woodside has been electric this season, but will take on the league's best pass rush.
3 4 Eastern Michigan Eagles 5-3 33 Eastern Michigan held a lead at Waldo Stadium, something no team had done this season before them. Chris Creighton's squad may be just a season or two away from competing for a MAC West crown, as weird as that feels to write.
4 3 Central Michigan Chippewas 5-3 43 The Chippewas were over matched against an excellent Toledo team this weekend, and will look to rebound against Kent State this Saturday. With two losses in the MAC West already, a second straight year of at least a share of the title is likely out of reach, and the Chips are fighting to get bowl eligible once again.
5 5 Akron Zips 5-3 44 After dropping a game 41-0 to Western Michigan, the Zips looked to be broken headed into halftime in Muncie. But no lead is safe in the MAC, and Thomas Woodson and company rallied back to beat the Cardinals. They'll look to gain some separation in the MAC East when they travel to Buffalo Thursday.
6 6 Ohio Bobcats 5-3 53 It's never pretty with Ohio, but it seems to be effective. The Bobcats are a game away from Bowl eligibility after their 14-10 win over Kent State, but standing in their way is a talented Toledo team looking to keep pace with WMU in the MAC West.
7 8 Northern Illinois Huskies 2-6 65 NIU continues to do just enough to stay afloat in these power rankings, and are now 2-2 in the MAC with a game against Bowling Green upcoming. Could the Huskies, after all they've been through, be 3-2 before the Toledo game?
8 7 Ball State Cardinals 4-4 72 It was all coming together for Ball State. They had a 10 point lead at home over Akron and appeared to be rolling toward's their fifth victory. And then, well, they didn't. Their reward for a heartbreaking defeat at home? The #20 Western Michigan Broncos next Tuesday
9 9 Miami RedHawks 2-6 73 Wins in back to back weeks over Kent State and Bowling Green isn't much of an accomplishment for most teams, but for the formerly 0-6 RedHawks it's just the turnaround their season needed. Gus Ragland's return under center has paid off so far, and they look to keep it rolling against EMU this Saturday.
10 10 Kent State Golden Flashes 2-6 85 Once again the Golden Flashes flirted with victory and were once again unable to come away with the win. Nick Holley was responsible for 70 plays from scrimmage, but it's clear that not even his heroics can resurrect this dormant offense.
11 11 Bowling Green Falcons 1-7 99 Bowling green is officially eliminated from bowl contention just a year removed from being crowned MAC champions, and the elimination came at the hands of a now 2-6 Miami team. But Scott Miller continues to impress, and the Falcons still have a bright future
12 12 Buffalo Bulls 1-6 106 It was another tough week for the Bulls on both sides of the ball against NIU. The 44-7 blowout was one of the worst losses of the year, and things seem to be hitting rock bottom in Buffalo.