MACtion Power Rankings: Ohio’s pretty bad this time, Ball State moves down

Ohio became the seventh FBS team this year — this season! — to lose to an FCS team, 28-26 to Duquesne. (Florida State became the eighth team, losing to Jacksonville State). It’s the first FCS-over-FBS upset we’ve seen since 2017 when Bowling Green lost to South Dakota.

FCS over MAC upsets since 2010

  • 9/9/17- South Dakota 35, Bowling Green 27
  • 9/2/16- Albany 22, Buffalo 16
  • 9/10/16- Eastern Illinois 21, Miami OH 17
  • 9/10/16- North Carolina A&T 39, Kent State 36 (4OT)
  • 9/24/16- Western Illinois 28, Northern Illinois 23
  • 9/6/14- Eastern Kentucky 17, Miami OH 10
  • 9/13/16- Indiana State 27, Ball State 20
  • 9/7/13- Maine 24, UMass 14
  • 9/7/13- Nicholls State 27, Western Michigan 23
  • 9/8/12- Illinois State 31, Eastern Michigan 14
  • 9/11/10- Gardner-Webb 38, Akron 37 (OT)
  • 9/11/10- Liberty 27, Ball State 23

Spoiler alert: I’ve moved Ohio all the way down to last freaking place in my power rankings as my internety form of punishment to the team. I’m still not over last week’s showing by Ball State against its FCS opponent, and this week didn’t give me any more reason to be confident in the Cards, so they slid down as well.

Say hello to your new #1 MAC team in the power rankings: Toledo.

Week 3 MAC Football Power Rankings

TOLEDO — A close, exciting loss at Notre Dame where the Rockets led from the final minute of the first half through the start of the fourth quarter. It looked like Toledo would’ve been the team to have the program’s first win over a top-10 ranked team since 2003 (beat #9 Pitt, 35-31). By no means do I think Toledo’s sitting perfectly at #1 this week, but it’s been the most deserving after handling its Week 1 chores and putting a few thousand dollars or so into NBC’s pockets. Now I’ve got a month to figure out what else I’m supposed to do with this Peacock subscription. Probably get caught up on AP Bio? (It’s topical, I promise! The show takes place in Toledo).

WESTERN MICHIGAN — Western Michigan handled businesses against Illinois, and totally shut down the Red Birds on defense. WR Skyy Moore avoided surgery this week (foot) but wasn’t on the field for the Week 2 game. Not that the Broncos needed him for the shutout.

BALL STATE — Last week’s close win over Western Illinois had the Cardinals playing on its skates. Penn State was going to be a tough out, sure, but Ball State’s gotta play better than what it showed. For waiting until garbage time before the team scored its first tuddy and simply not playing as well as expected, the Cardinals have got to come down on this list.

MIAMI — We’re entering a second tier on this list and I could see arguments for a lot of teams shuffled here from 4-6. The RedHawks had to come back from being down three scores at halftime (21-3) to leave with a more respectable final score at Minnesota (31-26). The second half efforts to clean up whatever you thought of this team last week + in the first half this week are probably worth the recognition. Look, finding a clear-cut #1 on this list is hard enough. Give me a break the rest of the way down.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN — Still a lot of potential to move way up here. CMU ran over Robert Morris 45-0. Honestly there’s nothing here to report for now.

KENT STATE — The Flashes dominated VMI on both sides of the ball, which almost never happens with this team. VMI’s not exactly a bad FCS team these days (made playoffs in spring season) and it just put up 45 points against Davidson in Week 1. The Keydets turned the ball over a ton and Kent State capitalized sure-handedly.

The MAC play of the week was this TD that got called back:

BUFFALO — No touchdowns scored at Nebraska which simply ain’t gonna cut it. After UB waxed Wagner last week, we’re starting to see more layers of what this team is actually capable of.

EASTERN MICHIGAN — Wisconsin came hungry and made EMU’s offense look really helpless. The Badgers ran power on offense the whole time, and the Eagles couldn’t match the physicality. The offense just could not get cooking for EMU, and finished with 92 total yards and three first downs picked up. The only TD scored by EMU was by defensive back David Carter on a 98-yard pick six.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS — NIU fought back from being down 28-10 at halftime to putting on a show for those who stayed in the home opener. Wyoming got its lead up to 42-16 in the third quarter, then the Huskies put on a 27-0 run to take the late lead. That lead, 43-42, lasted only three minutes as Wyoming charged back downfield for the win. The final score was 50-43. It was electric, fun, and there’s a lot to look forward to with this NIU team. It didn’t play two great teams to start the year, but played a full 60 minutes in both contests. NIU has a lot of potential to move up in the upcoming weeks if it keeps things up. (Beating Wyoming would’ve helped a little more).

BOWLING GREEN — BG had the lead! Then it didn’t! The Falcons led South Alabama 19-12 going into the fourth quarter. Then the Jaguars came through with 10 points scored in the final two minutes of the game, thanks to a BG interception on its final offensive drive. The passing game wasn’t totally awful before that though, which is encouraging.

AKRON — Akron had the lead! Then it didn’t! Akron was up 14-0 in the first quarter, but Temple gained momentum and just beat up on the Zips after it got some things straightened out.

Also, this sucks:

OHIO — Bro how do you lose to Duquesne? Nobody at the FBS level has ever lost to Duquesne before this game. That’s a fact.

One thought on “MACtion Power Rankings: Ohio’s pretty bad this time, Ball State moves down”

  1. I’m with you on 1 and 2. I thought they were the best two teams in the MAC and I still believe it. I think three through six will get scrambled week to week but this week I go with Kent State, CMU, Miami and Ball State followed by Buffalo at seven, NIU at eight, EMU at nine, Ohio at ten with BGSU and Akron tied for last. This week and next will give us an interesting incite into how the MAC race(s) should shake out.


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