Sunday, December 23, 2018

MAC Bowl Struggles

Another MAC bowl season has ended with disappointment for fans of this conference.  The MAC placed 6 teams in bowl games, with five and possibly six of the games against G5 teams (depending on how you count BYU) and the MAC had another poor season, going 1-5 for the second straight year, and that one on top of a bagel in 2016.

It's not a real, huge big deal--these are exhibition games.  On the other hand, they are opportunities for us to compete against peer conference (mostly) and we haven't been getting it done.  Yes, I know there's a long layoff, etc, but that impacts the other team as well.

There were certainly winnable games.  EMU had the opponent in a 4th and long, literally one play from a win and lost.  UT lost by 3.  On the other hand, NIU and WMU lost big and Buffalo was competitive but played an uncharacteristically mistake-prone game.

Only OU--with Frank Solich--won.  And it was two years in a row for them.

Here are the records for the next five years.  Again, we're not getting pitted against top flight teams--these are good matchups and the conference is just not good at winning them.

2018:  1-5
2017:  1-5
2016:  0-5
2015:  3-4
2014:  2-4


2014 Raycom Media Camellia-Bowling Green 33, S. Alabama 28

2015 GoDaddy Bowl - Toledo 63, Arkansas State 44
2015 Famous Idaho Potato - Akron 23, Utah State 21
2015 Marmot Boca Raton - Toledo 32, Temple 17
2015 Popeyes Bahamas - Western Michigan 45, Middle Tenn. 31
2017 Bahamas Bowl - Ohio 41, UAB 6
2018 Frisco Bowl - Ohio 27, San Diego State 0

1 comment :

Frank said...

Having a difficult time competing with the Sun Belt - Maybe it's time for the FCS.