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MAC Bowl Projections Roundup: Week 11

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Thanks to ACC parity, the EagleBank Bowl will now likely select the 4th best MAC team against a C-USA squad.
Thanks to ACC parity, the EagleBank Bowl will now likely select the 4th best MAC team against a C-USA squad.

The main fault of all of these projections is the failure to realize that Central Michigan has played in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (Then the Motor City Bowl) THE LAST 3 YEARS!  I doubt they'll be going there again considering the dramatic drop in attendance last year.

Also, almost nobody takes in to fact that Bowling Green will likely make it 7 wins by defeating dregs Akron & Toledo at home in their next 2 games, furthering the chaos in the Bowl universe.  CBS is the exception.

There are only 7 ACC teams available for bowls now, so that becomes a double-edged sword for the MAC.  It means we don't get an ACC opponent in the GMAC, but does open up a spot in the EagleBank Bowl for the #4 team in the MAC.  Apparently the ESPN predictors don't realize this.

It also looks like the Big 10 won't be able to fill their 7th bowl spot for the Pizza Bowl unless Minnesota wins @ Iowa AND Michigan State beats Penn State at home.  Not gonna happen. 

The result?  Sun Belt & Conference USA opponents galore.  YAY.

Since I don't want to all the way to D.C. to play a C-USA team, the Ohio game Saturday becomes just that much more important if we want our pick of the litter.  Especially with Bowling Green still in bowl contention.  My ideal choice would be the International Bowl against the Big East #4.

The most interesting projection?  ESPN's Mark Schlabach has Central Michigan taking on Notre Dame in the GMAC Bowl.  Imagine the opportunities if we manage to win the MAC somehow.

Click through for the predictions


January 6, Mobile AL 7 pm ESPN
Middle Tennessee* vs. Temple
*No ACC team projected available

International Bowl
January 2, Toronto, Canada, Noon, ESPN2
Big East vs. MAC No. 4 or 5
Rutgers vs. Ohio

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
December 26th, Detroit MI, 5 pm, ESPN
Big Ten No. 7 vs. MAC
Connecticut* vs. Central Michigan
*No Big Ten team projected available

EagleBank Bowl
December 30th, Washington DC, 4:30 pm ESPN
ACC No. 8 vs. Army or C-USA
Northern Illinois* vs. East Carolina
*No ACC team projected available


GMAC: Temple vs MTSU

International: Pittsburgh vs Ohio

Pizza: Central Michigan vs Marshall

EagleBank: Northern Illinois vs Tulsa

New Mexico: Bowling Green vs Nevada

The Rivalry, Esq.

GMAC: Temple vs UL-Monroe

International: Rutgers vs CMU

Pizza: MTSU vs Northern Illinois

EagleBank: Ohio vs UCF

Saturday Sound-Offs

GMAC Bowl: Northern Illinois vs. UAB*

International Bowl: Rutgers vs. Temple

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Central Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee State*

EagleBank Bowl: Ohio* vs. Marshall*

ESPN's Graham Watson

GMAC Bowl: Northern Illinois vs. ACC

International Bowl: Temple vs. Big East

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Central Michigan vs. Big Ten

EagleBank Bowl: Ohio vs. C-USA

ESPN's Mark Schlabach

GMAC: Notre Dame vs Central Michigan

International: South Florida vs Northern Illinois

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Temple vs Louisiana-Monroe

ESPN's Bruce Feldman

GMAC: Southern Methodist vs Central Michigan

International: West Virginia vs Temple

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Northern Illinois vs Iowa State

Sporting News' Dave Curtis:

GMAC Bowl: Middle Tenn. State vs. Central Michigan

International Bowl: USF vs. Northern Illinois

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Louisiana-Monroe** vs. Ohio

Eagle Bank Bowl: Temple vs. Marshall

SI's Stewart Mandel

GMAC: Ohio vs Louisiana-Monroe

International: USF vs Temple

Little Caesars: Central Michigan vs Connecticut

New Mexico: Northern Illinois vs Nevada


GMAC: Louisiana-Monroe vs Northern Illinois

International: Rutgers vs Temple

Pizza: Middle Tennessee vs Central Michigan

EagleBank: Marshall vs Ohio

What bowl do you want to go to?