Thursday, December 1, 2016

Four MAC teams are bowl eligible.

Western Michigan CB Darius Williams
Western Michigan CB Darius Williams. Image via Detroit Free Press/USA Today.

Four MAC teams will be headed to bowl games this season. The drama now is whether Western Michigan will be the highest-ranked Group of Five team, and can cash in a ticket to the New Year's Six 2017 Cotton Bowl.

Here's the rundown of MAC teams going bowling. Bowl projections are from SB*Nation's Jason Kirk.

Bowl Eligible Teams

Western Michigan (12-0)
Projected Bowl: 2017 Cotton Bowl vs. Penn State (New Year's Six bowl. Jan. 2 San Antonio. Tx.)

Ohio (8-4)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Miami Beach Bowl vs. Central Florida (Dec. 19, Miami, Fl.)

Toledo (9-3)
Projected Bowl: Dollar General Bowl vs. Troy (Dec. 23, Mobile, Al.)

Miami (Ohio) (6-6)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Camelia Bowl vs. Arkansas State (Dec. 17, Montgomery, Al.)

The above projections are, of course, based on the premise that 1) Western Michigan defeats Ohio for the MAC title on Friday, and 2) Navy somehow doesn't manage to jump ahead of Western Michigan in the final CFP rankings, or forces the College Football Playoff committee to delay selecting a Group of 5 representative  until after the Army-Navy Game on Dec. 10. Isn't unexpected bowl chaos grand?

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