2016 MAC Bowl Schedule:
- Toledo vs. Appalachian State (Sun Belt), Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, Dec. 17, 5:30 pm ET (ESPN)
- Central Michigan vs. Tulsa (American Athletic), Miami Beach Bowl, Dec. 19, 2:30 pm ET (ESPN)
- Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion (C-USA), Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, Dec. 23, 1:00 pm ET (ESPN)
- Ohio vs. Troy (Sun Belt), Dollar General Bowl, Dec. 23, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN)
- Miami vs. TBA (I keep hearing Mississippi State), St. Petersburg Bowl, Dec. 26, 11:00 am ET (ESPN)
- Western Michigan vs. Wisconsin (Big Ten), Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, Jan. 2, 1:00 pm ET (ESPN)
And there it is. The MAC Bowl line up. Some thoughts. First, I don't know why the MAC is putting it as TBD, but I have seen that Miami is playing Mississippi State. If that turns out to be wrong, then fine.
This used to be a day of great anxiety, as the MAC fans sat around on Outrage Alert as we waited for a snub. Now that 6 wins all but guarantees you a bowl trip, that isn't an issue as much.
Our first goal in a bowl season is to play P5 teams. The MAC just gets a lot more out of a win over a P5 team than a non-P5 team...so 2 MAC teams got that assignment, first, obviously WMU in the Cotton Bowl against Wisconsin...in what will be very interesting match up...and then Miami and Mississippi State.
The second goal is not to play the Sun Belt conference. We get nothing as a conference out of beating the Sun Belt. On that front, there's the CMU game against Tulsa and EMU against Old Dominion. Then, you have two Sun Belt games...OU and Troy and then UT against App. State that is actually a pretty good match up. App. State is at least the Sun Belt Champion.
Everybody got a good location...nobody is in Idaho or DC. I guess Montgomery isn't great, but Miami, Bahamas, Mobile, St. Pete and Dallas are all pretty good.
In the BGSU Alumni division, Dave Clawson has led Wake to its first Bowl Game in 5 seasons. They are playing in the Military Bowl, where BG played in 2012. Wake was 6-6. Syracuse did not make a bowl game. OSU will play Clemson in the national semi-final. The Colorado School of Mines made the NCAA Tournament, won a game and then lost to Ferris State, finishing 10-3. They were 3rd in the nation in scoring offense and #1 in total offense.