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Ranking MAC Football in terms of prestige

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ESPN recently ranked teams in terms of their prestige since the AP poll was created in 1936:


48. Miami (Ohio): 220

52. Toledo: 184

68. Bowling Green: 94

T-77. Central Michigan: 65

84. Ball State: 48

T-93. Ohio: 11

98. Western Michigan: 7

99. Northern Illinois: 6

103. Buffalo: minus-11

108. Akron: minus-21

113. Eastern Michigan: minus-36

115. Temple: minus-56

116. Kent State: minus-59

I'm honestly surprised how high we are (8th in the MAC) considering how bad we were before the latter years of the Novak era.

ESPN expands on a couple of the MAC teams that were surprisingly high on this list:

Buffalo (103) After eight-straight losing seasons since joining the FBS in 1999, Buffalo racked up eight points this past season, which ranks the Bulls ahead of 45 BCS schools.

Miami (Ohio) (48) The RedHawks are the top MAC program in the Prestige Rankings, gaining almost half of their 220 Prestige points in a five-season span (1973-75 and 2003-04).

Here is how ESPN scored the teams:

National title: 25 points

Berth in one of the major bowls: 10

Major bowl win: 10

Best win/loss record in conference regular season: 10

Final AP top-5 finish: 10

Heisman winner: 8

Final AP top 6-10 finish: 6

Conference title championship-game bonus: 5
This bonus was given to a school only if it hadn't already gotten credit for having the best record in its conference's regular season.

Final AP top 11-25 finish: 4

Bowl appearance: 3
This was awarded for any NCAA-sanctioned bowl, and would be added to the previously mentioned major bowl points.

Bowl win: 3
10-win season: 2
Week as AP No. 1: 2
Win over AP No. 1: 1
Each consensus All-American: 1
First-round NFL draft pick (since '70): 1
Losing season: minus-2

There were lots of variables for when a school was handed penalties by the NCAA for infractions. Those penalties were graded as such:
Each year of television ban: minus-1
Each year of postseason ban: minus-2
Each year of overall probation: minus-1
Each year of financial-aid penalty: minus-1
Each year of recruiting penalties: minus-1
Each penalty of "show cause action:" minus-2