It’s week eight of MAC Conference play which means only two weekends left until the conference championships. For one team, it seems first place within reach, but for others second seems more realistic. Here’s a look.
So far, the conference talk has been all about Bowling Green and their balance. Having the only undefeated record (5-0) in the conference to go along with the best offense and defense, the Falcons seem unstoppable at this point.
One of two left standing between them and an outright first place finish are the fresh and ready Ohio Bobcats (3-2) and timing couldn’t be more perfect. With confidence over a tough Miami (OH) squad, Ohio seems to have all the cards lined in their favor for a potential upset, even on the road.
Second place Northern Illinois (4-1) takes on Miami (OH) (1-4) on the road. Despite their loss to Bowling Green earlier in the year, the Huskies have the best chance to dethrone the Falcons with their one-loss record, but will need to win out and get some help from other teams.
Miami (OH) has had a tough year, but is a team that’s starting to put things together at the right time. With their most recent loss to Central Michigan last weekend, look for the Red Hawks to hold nothing back for these last couple games.
The Central Michigan Chippewas (3-2) take on the Cincinnati Bearcats (0-4) in Ohio. CMU has two things going for them on the road in that their record indicates they still have a shot for second place and they are coming off a win.
With Cincinnati, opponents can expect a team that will be hungry for their first win. They’ve been battling teams all year and are going to fight and scratch to try to avoid the label of being the only winless team in MAC Conference history.
In the last matchup of the weekend, Western Michigan (3-3) will be on the road against Dayton (2-1). Both teams had tough losses last weekend as Dayton took on Bowling Green on the road and Western Michigan got thrashed by Northern Illinois.
The Broncos need a miracle to stay in the playoff hunt, while the Flyers are a bit closer, but still need help. Unfortunately, Dayton will have no week off this season as a cancelled game against Central Michigan will be used during that week. However, if the Flyers can win out, it could set up a potential playoff implication game the weekend after next against the Huskies.
Ball State is off this week and will look to rebound against Miami (OH) at home.