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MAC Football Power Rankings, Week 1: Buffalo moving on back

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Well, after an awful FCS loss to Albany the Bulls shuffle down to the bottom of the standings. The biggest winner this week is Ball State. Their quality win over a Sun-Belt team vaulted the Cardinals up five spots. Here are the rest of the rankings:

Rank Team Score LW CH Comment


1 0 The boat is still rowing as Fleck and co. eked out a huge win over Big-Ten opponent Northwestern
2 TOL 2.0 2 0 The only other consensus pick by our editors, the Rockets are coming off a 31-10 rout over Arkansas State.
3 CMU 3.5 5 +2 CMU put an absolute smackdown over FCS opponent Presbyterian, allowing them to take a few spots from teams that were rated too high.
4 NIU 4.8 3 -1 NIU losing to Wyoming is a red flag that Huskies fans should watch out for. The Cowboys have been one of the worst FBS programs in the last few years.
5 BALL 5.5 10 +5 Under a new head coach, the Cardinals brought home a solid win over Georgia State and took back a lot of points from the editors this week.
6 AKR 5.8 7 +1 Akron destroyed their FCS opponent VMI, but that was expected and as a result it didn't move them up too much.
7 OHIO 7.8 6 -1 Ohio had to go to three overtimes with Texas State for the game to end, but it didn't end in their favor.
8 BG 8.3 4 -4 It's no shock that the Falcons lost to THE Ohio State Buckeyes but being smashed by 67 points is no excuse. This could be a much different year for BG.
9 EMU 8.5 12 +3 EMU WON A GAME and in dominating fashion. The Eagles took down FCS opponent Mississippi Valley State in a 61-14 crushing.
10 KENT 8.8 9 +1 Kent State's game versus Penn State was a lot like Buffalo's matchup with the Nittany Lions a year prior. Coincidentally, this one also ended in a loss for the MAC team involved.
11 M-OH 10.8 11 0 The RedHawks didn't pose any threat to the #17 team in the nation but still managed to put 21 points on the board. They could be a dark horse in the MAC East.
12 BUFF 11.3 8 -4 They lost to an FCS school.

Notable picks from the editors

  • John thinks Buffalo is good enough for 10th in the power rankings, ahead of Miami and EMU.
  • Matt was the harshest on Bowling Green and their 77-10 loss, placing them 11th out of the 12 teams.
  • Ohio is still the biggest question mark among editors. They're as high as 3 (Tim) but as low as 10 (Matt, Robby) in everyone's rankings.