Monday, November 14, 2016

Four MAC teams bowl eligible, four still in the hunt.

Bowl Eligibility Watch

Western Michigan vs. Kent State. Image via

It looks like at least four MAC teams will be going to a bowl game in the postseason. Eastern Michigan joined the three schools that were already bowl eligible by getting its sixth win after defeating Ball State in Week 11.

Four MAC schools still have a reasonable shot at making it to a postseason bowl game. Three are at five wins, while one has four wins and needs to win out its final two games for any hopes at not staying home in December.

Here's the rundown of where the MAC teams that are either bowl eligible or still in the hunt stand. Bowl projections are from SB*Nation's Jason Kirk.

Bowl Eligible Teams (Six-plus wins)

Western Michigan (10-0)
Bowl Projection: 2017 Cotton Bowl vs. Wisconsin (Jan. 2, 2017, Arlington, Tx.)

ESPN College GameDay will be broadcasting from Western Michigan's campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan this coming Saturday. The schools hosting GameDay over the past three weeks have all lost, which Western Michigan is doomed this coming Saturday against Buffalo. I repeat: Western Michigan is doomed. DOOMED! I tell you!

Toledo (8-2)
Bowl Projection: Dollar General Bowl vs. Arkansas State (Dec. 23, Mobile, Al.)

Ohio (7-3)
Bowl Projection: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs. Wyoming. (Dec. 22, Boise, Id.)

Eastern Michigan (6-4)
Bowl Projection: Camelia Bowl vs. Appalachian State (Dec. 17, Montgomery, Al.)

Eastern Michigan's the new kid on the block, having defeated Ball State in Week 11.

On the Brink (Five wins, one win needed for bowl eligibility)

Central Michigan (5-5)
Week 12: vs. Ohio (Nov. 15)

Central Michigan will get its first chance to get its coveted sixth win when it play MAC East division leader Ohio on Tuesday. If that fails, it would need to defeat Eastern Michigan on Nov. 22 if it wants to go to a bowl this December.

Miami (Ohio) (5-6)
Week 12: Bye. Week 13: vs. Ball State (Nov. 22)

The Redhawks have one shot at bowl eligibility, and they'll have to wait two weeks to get it against Ball St. The Cardinals could be fighting for a sixth win by that time as well, but we'll get to that later.

Akron (5-6)
Week 12: Bye. Week 13: @Ohio

Like Miami (Oh.), Akron finds itself with only one game left on its schedule to secure a bowl bid. In the Zips, case it's against Ohio, which could need a win in this game to settle the MAC East title.

Running Out of Days (Four wins, two wins needed for bowl eligibility)

Ball State (4-6)

Week 12: @Toledo (Nov. 16)
Ball St. needs to defeat Toledo and then Miami (Oh.) if it wants to be bowl eligible. Since this is the MAC, anything's possible, so be prepared for anything.

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