Conference Breakdown: MAC

5 things to know about the MAC

Biggest game: Western Michigan at Northern Illinois, November 18

Player to always watch: Toledo's whole defense, which won't tolerate much #MACTION

Team nobody wants to play: Akron

Coach who really needs wins: Paul Haynes, Kent State

Don't be surprised if ... A Bowling Green game threatens all-time combined scoring records.

Bill Connelly's Power Rankings

Tier 1

Western Michigan

WMU might already have the MAC's most talented roster, but WOO that schedule.

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Toledo

If the Rockets don't win the MAC West this year, will they ever?

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Northern Illinois

The king will not give up its throne lightly.

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Tier 2

Bowling Green

Do you like #MACTION? This is the perfect team for you.

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Akron

Terry Bowden's Zips are ready for a breakthrough.

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Ball State

One step backward after years of growth isn't all that scary ...

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Ohio

... but three steps backward is.

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Buffalo

The Bulls made my favorite coaching hire of anybody in the country.

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Central Michigan

The MAC is volative, and the Chippewas might be its most volatite team.

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UMass

Can the Minutemen reach bowl eligibility in their last MAC year?

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Kent State

KSU was dealt an impossible hand last year. Let's hope for fairer days.

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Miami (Ohio)

This is a long rebuild, but the Cradle hired the right coach.

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Tier 3

Eastern Michigan

EMU's got to savor every bit of sunshine it gets.

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Tier 4

Tier 5