So, as you know, I have been skeptical that home field is as important in college football as it is in college basketball. Phil Steele recently published the home and away records for the last 10 years in the FBS and they do reveal some interesting results. First, I'll look at a couple observations, and then we will look at the MAC.
There are two types of team here. I thought we would see the Toledo and NIU teams who are so tough to beat at home and (in the case of Toledo) just average on the road. You also have teams like Akron and Kent which are not especially good at home but really bad on the road.
Two thirds of the MAC (8 out of 12) have differentials above 20% and around the national average, so clearly it makes a difference to be playing at home and probably more than I thought. There's a big drop to the final four, which includes Bowling Green, which has not only the lowest differential in the MAC but also the 5th lowest in all of the FBS.
Which is the result of only decent results at home and being pretty successful on the road. I think Falcon fans had sensed that we seemed to lose a lot at home, so here's hoping we can get our home winning percentage up in the 70% range, which is where our conference's most successful teams appear to be.