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North Coast Bias: MAC Bowl Projections (11.04.12)

Projecting the 2012/13 MAC Bowl Matchups.

Bowl Season could have the NIU Huskies vs Iowa State Cyclones in Dallas.
Bowl Season could have the NIU Huskies vs Iowa State Cyclones in Dallas.
Matthew Holst

The MAC currently has SIX bowl eligible teams with three teams not yet ineligible. The latest NCB projections have a total of 71 bowl eligible teams for 70 available spots, with the MAC ending up with eight bowl eligible teams.

If events play out as predicted, the team that does not get to go bowling (aka gets screwed) will likely come from the MWC, Sun Belt, or possibly the MAC.

As mentioned in the NCB MAC Bowl Season introductory article, the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl is projected not to have an eligible Big Ten team available and that it will instead host a team from the Sun Belt Conference. The other primary bowls should feature opponents as contracted.

Regarding the secondary agreements, NCB is still projecting that the New Mexico Bowl will not become available to a MAC team but is amending the initial prediction that the Heart of Dallas Bowl will not become available and now has a MAC team bowling in Dallas, as well as the other secondary locales of Birmingham and St. Petersburg.

NCB also projects that the Military Bowl and Independence Bowl will host teams from the MAC.

The three Primary Bowls are listed first, followed by the four Secondary Bowls, and thirdly by the projected At-Large Bowls.


Bowl Game Location Date MAC Opponent
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Detroit, MI Dec. 26, 2012 Bowling Green Arkansas State Bowl Mobile, AL Jan. 6, 2013 Kent State UL-Monroe
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID Dec. 15, 2012 Ball State Utah State
New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM Dec. 15, 2012 N/A N/A
Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg, FL Dec. 21, 2012 W. Michigan Marshall
Heart of Dallas Bowl Dallas, TX Jan. 1, 2013 NIU Iowa State
BBVA Compass Bowl Birmingham, AL Jan. 5, 2013 C. Michigan Vanderbilt
Military Bowl Washington, DC Dec. 27, 2012 Ohio San Jose State
Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA Dec. 28, 2012 Toledo Louisiana Tech