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Week 5 MAC Power Rankings

I do these every week for the MAC Roundtable, but don't disclose my rankings because A. I am busy...or am I lazy?  It's a fine line.  B. It's hard to tell how good these teams are, so it was pretty much a crapshoot (Last week I had Temple #2) and C. It's a bye week, so I can do whatever I want.  Now with a conference game or 2 down by each team, we can actually get some sort of clarity about these teams that comprise the Mid-American Conference.  Commence.

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The Flying C gets the top spot yet again surviving a lightning storm and the thundering debut of Buffalo RB Ike Nduka.  The Bulls are still the champs and the Chips went on the road to Buffalo and took care of business.  Up next:  CM hosts in-state rival Eastern Michigan, which should provide more of a challenge than one may think.

The Huskies bounced back nicely from their terrible loss to Idaho with a dominating 38-3 victory over West rival Western Michigan.  It wasn't even close by any sense of the word with great performances all-around.  Up next: The dreaded Bye Week.

My preseason choice to win the MAC East has been sneaking up on people lately.  They just beat BGSU on the road and stuck with both UConn & Tennessee in their only losses.  Up next: Third straight road game against the pesky Akron Zips.

Toledo just squeaked by Ball State, but that game shouldn't have been that close.  They outgained the Cardinals 479-310 yds, but turned the ball over 3x.  Their offense is consistently scary.  Their defense?  Not so much.  Up next: Rockets host a dazed & confused Western Michigan team.

Don't look now, but the Owls are 2-0 in the MAC so far!  Sure Al Golden still hasn't beaten a team with a winning record, but who is going to have a winning record in the gauntlet that is the MAC East?  Nobody.  I don't know too much about this team, but they look good so far.  Up next: Hosting a winded Ball State team.

Oh Broncos.  That sure wasn't a typical Cubit performance on the road against Northern.  Disappointing all-around and Hiller threw 3 INTs to seal their fate.  Up next: Road trip to the defense-free Toledo Rockets.

Still the champs,but keep shooting themselves in the foot game after game with turnovers or whatever else hampering this team.  Still dangerous, but wounded not to mention the injuries are starting to pile up.  The bright spot: IKE NDUKA.  James Starks who?  Up next: Gardner-Webb at home?  OK.

The bye week this past weekend couldn't have happened at a better time.  This team is at a serious crossroads.  After serious locker room problems, this team can either bond together or fall flat on their faces.  Up next: A pivotal home game against the Ohio Bobcats.

Reminds me a lot of Buffalo with the bad luck, but the Clawfense can't run the ball at all and it is seriously hampering the Falcons.  Up next: A scary road matchup @ Kent State.

The Cardinals needed a win badly and Toledo was the team to do it against at home.  They forced the turnovers, but couldn't stop the big late plays by the Rockets.  It's a long, long road for BSU after this heartbreaking defeat.  Up next: On the road against a hot Temple team.

I like this team to make some strides in the next few weeks with Haywood taking charge suspending guys and the fact that he benched INT King Raudabaugh for Freshman QB Zac Dysert.  That last name makes me hungy.  Up next: Nerd bowl @ Northwestern. 

Even though Andy Schmitt is out for the season, people forget that Kyle McMahon has had his share of playing time these past couple years at the QB position.  Up next: @ CMU.


There's just nothing that excites me about this Golden Flash team.  It is notable that Freshman QB Spencer Keith is the starter this week for Giorgio Morgan though.  Up next: BG Falcons at home.

What do you think?