|PJ Fleck and Western Michigan Nov. 19, 2016. Image via macon.com/AP.|
The Mid-American Conference's regular season ends this week. Central Michigan earned it's sixth win of the 2016 defeating Ohio this past Saturday. Akron and Miami (Ohio) are still looking for their sixth win, and their backs are against the wall.
Here's the rundown of MAC bowl eligible teams, and the two schools that still have a chance to get to six wins.
Bowl projections are via Jason Kirk of SB*Nation.
Bowl Eligible Teams
Western Michigan (11-0)
Projected Bowl: 2017 Cotton Bowl vs. Wisconsin (New Years' Six bowl. Jan. 2, 2017, Arlington, Tx.)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Dollar General Bowl vs. Troy (Dec. 23, Mobile, Al.)
Having dodged the dreaded ESPN College GameDay jinx, Western Michigan will have to beat Toledo to finish out its regular season with the MAC West title, then win the MAC Championship Game on Dec. 2 for a chance to represent the Group of Five conferences in a New Year's Six bowl.
Projected Bowl: 2016 Miami Beach Bowl vs. Central Florida (Dec. 19, Miami, Fl.)
Central Michigan (6-5)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs. Wyoming (Dec. 22, Boise Id.)
Eastern Michigan (6-5)
Projected Bowl: Camelia Bowl vs. Appalachian State (Dec. 17, Montgomery, Al.)
It's Now or Never (Five wins, one win needed for bowl eligibility)
Miami (Ohio) (5-6)
Week 13: vs. Ball State, Nov. 22)
Ball State is 4-7 and out of Bowl contention. It could try to play spoiler and try to keep the Redhawks out of a bowl. Miami's APR is rated 90th among NCAA member schools, so getting an APR waiver is out of the question.
Week 13: @ Ohio (Nov. 22)
The Zips will have to defeat the MAC East-leading Bobcats to head to a bowl. Akron's APR is ranked at no. 190, so it's win or stay home.