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RE: SI Mailbag: Northern Illinois' path to the playoff
2012 NIU to the Orange Bowl
2015 Toledo blows out #24 Temple in the Boca Raton Bowl
2016 WMU to the Cotton Bowl

Was 2017 a weaker year for the Conference? Yes, had a lot to do with young QB's for most of the teams. 2018 should be a better year for the MAC. Weakest Conference?
No.
05-12-2018 06:22 AM
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MAC seems to usually rank above the SBC and CUSA in computer ratings and some years is pretty close to the MWC.
05-13-2018 05:02 PM
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RE: SI Mailbag: Northern Illinois' path to the playoff
(05-12-2018 06:22 AM)Boca Rocket Wrote:  2012 NIU to the Orange Bowl
2015 Toledo blows out #24 Temple in the Boca Raton Bowl
2016 WMU to the Cotton Bowl

Was 2017 a weaker year for the Conference? Yes, had a lot to do with young QB's for most of the teams. 2018 should be a better year for the MAC. Weakest Conference?
No.

Spot on. Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl reps 2 of the last 6 years. MAC might be a generally weak conference overall, but the top 1-2 teams every year usually hold their own. Yeah, the MAC lost the Orange and Cotton bowls, but both were tough battles. BTW, looking forward to beating the Rockets' butts in DeKalb this year. 02-13-banana
05-13-2018 09:43 PM
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RE: SI Mailbag: Northern Illinois' path to the playoff
I didn’t realize “The MAC is perceived as the weakest conference,” was such a controversial statement. I even think about it twice when I read it.
05-13-2018 11:17 PM
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(05-13-2018 11:17 PM)PrideinthePack2 Wrote:  I didn’t realize “The MAC is perceived as the weakest conference,” was such a controversial statement. I even think about it twice when I read it.

The MAC is usually higher in Sagarin ratings than the Sunbelt, and I don't think that most believe MAC is the weakest. Although it's pretty close right now.
05-14-2018 09:11 AM
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RE: SI Mailbag: Northern Illinois' path to the playoff
The MAC's problem this season is you've got about 7 decent teams and 5 that are bottom 20 out of 130 FBS programs.
05-14-2018 10:23 AM
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(05-14-2018 09:11 AM)NIU007 Wrote:  
(05-13-2018 11:17 PM)PrideinthePack2 Wrote:  I didn’t realize “The MAC is perceived as the weakest conference,” was such a controversial statement. I even think about it twice when I read it.

The MAC is usually higher in Sagarin ratings than the Sunbelt, and I don't think that most believe MAC is the weakest. Although it's pretty close right now.

I don’t think people put much stock in the Sagarin rankings. As someone who watches college football regularly I can tell you that I never check them. How many people here check the Sagarin rankings on a regular basis?

I do know that the Sun Belt sucks. I do know that the MAC sucks too. It’s splitting hairs as to which one is worse. I don’t even think it’s worthy of this much of a discussion as to which one is worse.
05-14-2018 11:46 AM
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MAC will likely have a couple of top 40 teams. The Sun Belt will not.
05-14-2018 12:13 PM
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