MAC Power Rankings - Week 1

Matthew Holst

Note Updated at 6:55 EST

Rank Team Pvs Game Comment
1 NIU - Win 30 - 27 at Iowa Quality win against the Big Ten on the road. Jordan Lynch plaed a phenomenal game with 275 yards passing and three touchdowns, on the ground he added 56 more yards.
2 BGSU - Win 34 - 7 vs Tulsa Bowling Green showed everyone why they are favored to win the MAC East this season. Their defense absolutely smothered Tulsa letting the offense take their time getting a rhythm going.
3 Ball State - Win 51 - 28 vs Illinois State Ball state was so good in the second half that you have to give them a pass on the first 30 minutes of play. Lembo's squad may have come out sliggish but showed they are as explosive as expected
4 Toledo - Loss 24-6 at Florida Owens had a really bad game but Fluellen averaged nine yards per carry, how did Toledo not put the ball in the Flu's hands more? More good new for Toledo comes in the form of a solid defense.
5 Buffalo - Loss 40 - 20 vs Ohio State Buffalo passed up a lot of chances to stay in striking distance but showed they are not to be taken lightly in the MAC. Khalil Mack is well on his way to two NCAA records and the Licata to Neutz connection looks solid.
6 Kent - Win 17 - 10 vs Liberty This is not a game where Kent should have struggled but once Dri Archer was down Kent looked like a Different team. If there is any lingering effects of that injury the Flashes could start the season slowly
7 WMU - Loss 26-13 at Michigan State After the rain delay the Bronco's made a good run at Michigan State but these kind of games can't be won when you give up four turnovers and average less than one yard per carry.
8 Ohio - at Louisville I don't think too many were expecting Ohio to give the Cards a run for their money but the Bobcats' defense looked completley toohless on third downs, that does not bode well.
9 CMU - Loss 59 - 9 at Michigan The Wolverines kept the Chips out of the end zone despite two CMU trips into the red zone. Central Michigan looked like a team who lost their number one overall draft pick from your offensive.
10 Miami - Loss 52 - 14 at Marshall The Redhawks played even with the Herd through the first half but the wheels came off in the second as Marshall piled on 38 points.
11 EMU - Win vs Howard I looked dicey for EMU well into the second half but the Eagle salvaged the game. Tyler Benz and Bronson Hill may be a potent enough offensive due to provide the Eagles with a few more wins this season.
12 UMass - Loss 45 - 0 at Wisconsin Let's hope the check cleared because that's all the good which could have come out of this game for UMass. The minutemen gage up nearly 600 yards of offense to Wisconsin
13 Akron - Loss 38 - 7 at UCF Akron dropped its 10th straight game, dating back to last season. The Zips could be in for another very long season.
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