Every four years the MAC goes crazy.
In 2000, WMU out scored their opponents 33-11, and were 8-1 with wins over Iowa and Marshall, their only loss against Wisconsin. The Broncos fell to a 1-8 Central Michigan squad who’s only other MAC win was against, Akron.
In 2004, the first MAC Championship at Ford Field, Toledo avenged a previous loss at Miami, to beat the Redhawks in the Championship game. It was Toledo’s second championship and fifth championship game appearance in the eight year history of the MAC Championship game. Despite being consistently good for the next 12 years, Toledo never returned to the MAC Championship game.
In 2012, 11-1 Kent State faced 11-1 Northern Illinois in the MAC championship game. NIU wasn’t a surprise, but Kent, a team that was 34-60 in their previous 8 seasons, never finishing better than 6-6, was a huge surprise. NIU would win the MAC Championship in OT and face Florida State in the Orange Bowl.
In 2016, WMU is 10-0, even more concerning, EMU is 6-5 and bowl bound for the first time since 1987. In the east, Miami could win their division, they sit at 5-6, winning five straight after losing their first six games.
Western Michigan looks unstoppable, and college gameday is at a MAC school! UB is expected to get crushed, however if UB upsets WMU it will only be the second biggest win in program history.
Because in 2008, UB won the MAC by defeating 12-0 Ball State in the MAC Championship game.
UB has done it before, it’s time to do it again. The question is, will the 4-year craziness this year be the coronation of WMU, or will it be the upset only Bull Run saw coming?