It’s down to final few weeks of the MAC season and with the weekend on approach; things are going to be busy. With an already full slate, four teams have faced unfortunate circumstances and will have two games so recovery will be at a premium. Here’s a look.
Bowling Green (5-0) has all but stamped their ticket as DI MAC Conference champion and earning a bid to nationals. Five teams have tried to take them down, but none has succeeded, or really come close. However, with a long weekend on the horizon, the Falcons true grit will be tested.
Already on the schedule is Cincinnati (0-5) on the road and they will be looking to throw everything they have at the Falcons for their first win of the year. But, instead of an off day Sunday, BGSU must turn right around and play the Ohio Bobcats (3-3). The original fixture for that match was postponed when some of the Ohio players got into a car accident (fortunately no one was seriously hurt).
Should Bowling Green win one game, they clinch first place outright, because even if 5-1 North Illinois can tie them on points, BGSU has the head-to-head tiebreaker.
The NIU Huskies have done a great job this year of keeping pressure on the Falcons and need to keep momentum from their recent win to compete against a tough Dayton (3-1) squad.
Central Michigan (4-2) is second on list in both standings and still has a shot at the playoffs, but need to win out and get an upset or two. The Chippewas are in prime position to stay put or possibly move up in the standings because of their schedule this weekend.
A bye week is listed on the schedule for CMU, but they will be playing Dayton, who already has a game against NIU. With a win and an NIU loss, Central Michigan may have a chance to take second with their matchup against NIU next weekend.
The Ohio Bobcats (3-3), along with Bowling Green, have a tough schedule. Due to their postponed game against the Falcons last weekend, the Bobcats must face Western Michigan (3-4) and then take on Bowling Green on Sunday.
To make matters more complex, their Saturday game is at home, while the Bowling Green game the next day is on the road.
Finally, Ball State (1-5) faces Miami Redhawks (1-5). Ball State is rested from their bye week and look to finish the season on a positive note. The Redhawks are a bit frustrated with another close loss last weekend.
No teams have a bye week this weekend as any and all postponed games are being taken care of now.