This weekend will mark the official halfway point of the MAC Conference season. One team sits comfortable atop the league while the others are still battling. Here’s a quick look at the standings and preview for the games:
The Bowling Green Falcons who continue to roll over their competition and make a strong case for a league title. No team has been able to keep pace with the Falcons who have the best offense (54.4 PPG) and defense (12 PPG) in the conference after their 74-0 win against Ball State.
Up next for Bowling Green (3-0) is Central Michigan (2-1) on the road. The Chippewas have a share of second place along with Ohio, but because of their loss last weekend to the Bobcats, need some help to stay in the contention for second place. The bad news is that the Falcons are coming to town; even worse is their schedule which puts them on the road for three of their final four games of the season.
Ohio (2-1) will take on Dayton (1-0) on the road in one of the many in-state rivalries in conference play. Ohio sits in a second place tie with Central Michigan, but holds the potential tiebreaker if the season ended today.
Both teams have a lot of confidence going into this game. Ohio is riding a two-game winning streak after their first week loss to Northern Illinois. Dayton had two bye weeks to start the season, but looked sharp in their 35-20 win over Miami (OH).
Miami (1-1) takes on Western Michigan (1-2). The Red Hawks took over Cincinnati in their season opener, but fell last week to a fresh Dayton team. Miami is in rebuilding year, but are still in contention for a second-place finish with a win.
WMU had a tough road schedule to start the year against Bowling Green and rival Central Michigan. However, last weekend’s 69-7 romp over Cincinnati seems to have ignited their offense and confidence for the time being and are looking for a repeat.
Ball State (0-3) will play Northern Illinois (1-1) at home for a much needed road break. The Cardinals lost a close match to Central Michigan in their first game, but had to go on the road against powers Ohio and Bowling Green, neither ended well.
NIU faced Bowling Green in their most recent match and did well putting up 33 points. They took last weekend off and are fresh for their road trip against a struggling Ball State squad. A win this weekend could catapult the Huskies in second place pending the outcomes of the Central Michigan and Ohio scores.
The Cincinnati Bearcats are taking their turn at healing up with a bye week after last weekend’s loss to Western Michigan. Their next opponents will be the Northern Illinois Huskies in Cincinnati.