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MAC Football Power Rankings Week Four

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No change in the top five despite losses for CMU and Akron last week

Rank Wk 3 Rank Team Record Points Notes from Week Four
1 1 Western Michigan Broncos 4-0 10 (10) The Broncos are the unanimous number one in this week's poll following a 49-31 victory over Georgia Southern. The Broncos have not trailed in a game since the fourth quarter of week one against Northwestern
2 2 Toledo Rockets 3-0 20 The Rockets had the week off ahead of their big match up with BYU on Friday night. We'll know a lot more about Jason Candle's squad sometime early Saturday morning after the game concludes in Provo
3 3 Central Michigan Chippewas 3-1 40 Just three point favorites in the game, it's not perplexing that the Chips didn't get a win in Virginia, but the manner in which they lost was. Cooper Rush and company erased a large deficit early on in the second half, only to wilt down the stretch. Hated rival WMU is next.
4 4 Akron Zips 2-2 49 The Akron defense we've come to expect did not show up on Saturday, especially on the ground. Appalachian State managed 312 yards rushing against the Zips on their way to 45 points. The good news? Akron's passing attack still seems to be clicking under Thomas Woodson's leadership.
5 5 Ball State Cardinals 3-1 51 A Riley Neal two yard touchdown run put the Cardinals on top for good with 1:47 remaining in the game at FAU, meaning the Neu Era is off to a 3-1 start. Neal even led the team in rushing, which is just one more unlikely thing to happen in this unlikely start.
6 7 Eastern Michigan Eagles 3-1 52 Stop me if you've heard this before. The Eagles threw four interceptions and found a way to win in gutsy fashion, moving to 3-1. Oh right, you probably haven't heard this before.
7 6 Ohio Bobcats 2-2 58

You know the old saying, "if you have two quarterbacks, you have a 37-21 win over Gardner-Webb of the Big South Conference." Quinton Maxwell was 11 of 14 with two touchdowns and Greg Windham pitched in 143 yards and a score for Ohio, who travels to take on Miami this week.

8 10 Miami RedHawks 0-3 92 I think it's a real testament to the lack of quality in the bottom half of the conference when the 0-3 RedHawks sit at number eight. But, here we are, and the strong showing at Cincinnati has many thinking a victory in the Battle of the Bricks is very possible.
9 12 Buffalo Bulls 1-2 97 A win over Army these days is not your usual win over Army. An impressive win over the previously undefeated Black Knights has the Bulls headed in the right direction headed into a date with Boston College
10 9 Kent State Golden Flashes 1-3 98

Well, the Alabama thing happened and we can all move on now, except for Mylik Mitchell, who has a wrist injury that will keep him from the MAC opener against Akron. As if this Flashes offense needed any more setbacks?

11 8 Bowling Green Falcons 1-3 100 What a difference a year makes. Last year the Falcons were MAC champions, and this year they sit just a one point win over North Dakota away from 0-4. The Falcons have given up 77 points twice this season to Ohio State and Memphis.
12 11 Northern Illinois Huskies 0-4 113 I can't believe it has come to this. The NIU Huskies are 12th in our power rankings after an 0-4 start which includes losses to Wyoming and Western Illinois. I thought the worst case scenario for this out of conference schedule was 2-2, but boy was I wrong.