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MAC West Schedules, How do they Look?

With Spring ball fast approaching I thought I would take a look at the MAC Football schedules and see which team(s) have the hardest route to a bowl game, or a division title. A few days ago I did the MAC East schedules, here is what lies ahead for each of the teams in the MAC West.

Here is a break down of some schedule markers using CFN's pre season rankings:

BSU CMU EMU NIU TOL WMU
Conference SOS 99 102 98 100 99 98
Non Conf SOS 35 37 70 70 44 77
Total SOS 86 84 89 92 80 90
Top 50 1 2 1 0 1 0
Top 25 1 1 1 0 1 0
Top 10 0 1 1 0 1 0
Bowl Teams 3 6 3 4 7 5
Bowl Winners 2 2 2 2 3 2
Winning Teams 3 6 4 3 7 4
FCS Teams 2 0 0 1 0 1

Hardest Conference Schedule: Its a tie between EMU and Western Michigan, CMU draws the cupcake. This is not really as meaningful in the west as the East because every team in the west has five games in common (division).

Hardest Non Conference Schedule: Mathematically, Ball State, but in reality its CMU. The Cardinals two FCS opponent makes their out of conference rank pretty meaningless. The easiest schedule probably goes to Ball State. It's hard to measure because of the FCS opponents.

Toughest Road: The Toledo rockets who face seven 2009 Bowl teams and three 2009 Bowl Winners. Both CMU and NIU also have a difficult journey as they have respectable out of conference opponents and and both face east favorite Temple.


Ball State

Team CFN Score Wins Losses Bowl
Southeast Missouri FCS
Liberty FCS
at Purdue 58 5 7
at Iowa 12 11 2 W
at Central Michigan 75 12 2 W
Western Michigan 99 5 7
Eastern Michigan 120 0 12
at Toledo 92 5 7
at Kent State 100 5 7
Akron 112 3 9
at Buffalo 101 5 7
Northern Illinois 91 7 6 L
Total 86 58 66

Central Michigan

Team CFN Score Wins Losses Bowl
Hampton FCS
Temple 84 9 4 L
Eastern Michigan 120 0 12
Northwestern 56 8 5 L
Ball State 116 2 10
Virginia Tech 7 10 3 W
Miami 117 1 11
Northern Illinois 91 7 6 L
Bowling Green 93 7 6 L
Western Michigan 99 5 7
Navy 47 10 4 W
Toledo 92 5 7
Total 84 64 75

Eastern Michigan

Team CFN Score Wins Losses Bowl
Army 107 5 7
at Miami 117 1 11
Central Michigan 75 12 2 W
at Ohio State 4 11 2 W
Ohio 94 9 5 L
at Vanderbilt 88 2 10
at Ball State 116 2 10
at Virginia 81 3 9
Toledo 92 5 7
at Western Michigan 99 5 7
at Buffalo 101 5 7
Northern Illinois 91 7 6
Total 89 67 83

Northern Illinois

Team CFN Score Wins Losses Bowl
at Iowa State 67 7 6 W
vs. North Dakota FCS
at Illinois 69 3 9
at Minnesota 73 6 7 L
at Akron 112 3 9
vs. Temple 84 9 4 L
vs. Buffalo 101 5 7
vs. Central Michigan 75 12 2 W
at Western Michigan 99 5 7
vs. Toledo 92 5 7
at Ball State 116 2 10
at Eastern Michigan 120 0 12
Total 92 57 80

Toledo

Team CFN Score Wins Losses Bowl
Arizona 46 8 5 L
at Ohio 94 9 5 L
at Western Michigan 99 5 7
at Purdue 58 5 7
Wyoming 65 7 6 W
at Boise State 8 14 0 W
Kent State 100 5 7
Ball State 116 2 10
at Eastern Michigan 120 0 12
at Northern Illinois 91 7 6 L
Bowling Green 93 7 6 L
Central Michigan 75 12 2 W
Total 80 81 73

Western Michigan

Team CFN Score Wins Losses Bowl
Michigan State 49 6 7 L
Nicholls FCS
Toledo 92 5 7
Idaho 83 8 5 W
at Ball State 116 2 10
at Notre Dame 59 6 6
at Akron 112 3 9
Northern Illinois 91 7 6 L
at Central Michigan 75 12 2 W
Eastern Michigan 120 0 12
Kent State 100 5 7
at Bowling Green 93 7 6 L
Total 90 61 77