2022 Hustle Belt Mid-American Conference Football Power Rankings: Week Two

The second week has come and gone, and it looks like it’s been a blood week in all of the college football games, with many ranked upheavals and upheavals on favorite shows throughout the four-window broadcast schedule.

MAC was not immune, as the entire conference went from 2 to 8 in non-conference games, including not one, but two FCS teams losses. Even the conference rivalry between WMU and Ball State was fraught with chaotic energy, making for a very tough release of the rankings.

At the end of the day, we have to rank them all from 12 to 1 in a logical way, even if last week turned out to be one of the darkest days in recent MAC history.

Without further ado: here are the ratings!

12. Bowling Green Falcons (last week: 11, down 1)

  • High vote: 11 (three votes)
  • Low rating: 12 (three)
  • Average Rating: 11.5

It’s been a dark and dark era for BGSU since the departure of Dino Babers in mid-2010, and Saturday was perhaps the darkest on-court performance in the program’s history, as the Falcons looked like the underdog for the majority of their game against Eastern Kentucky, eventually dropping in seven times. additional.

BGSU built a multiple possession lead, lost it, regained the lead late on, eventually gave it up in a miracle drive to go into overtime, then failed seven times To put the game away at home. There’s not a whole lot to be said about it, although Matt MacDonald will have five touchdowns and there hasn’t been any remarkably good spin.

(It cannot be stressed enough that Bowling Green had seven chances to put the game away — or eight, if you count the last organizational game.)

We do our best to defend and be optimistic about MAC teams, but it’s really impossible to be any of those things here; The fact of the matter is that it was a really sad performance in all costumes.

They face Marshall, having come as a surprise at Notre Dame, in Saturday’s homecoming.

11. Akron Zippers (LW: 12, top 1)

  • High rating: 10 (three)
  • Low Rating: 12 (twice)
  • Average Rating: 10.33

Zips went on the road and took a predictable loss to the Michigan State Spartans. But what wasn’t expected were two things: 1) a relatively impressive performance in defense (it was 14-0 deep into the third quarter, with all 14 points off straight through transitions) and 2) quarterback DJ Irons’ loss to a. A leg injury, most likely for the season.

Keep in mind that this was the same MSU team that the Broncos hosted last week and stayed competitive with. In that spirit, it was a great performance from Zips, especially given the circumstances. What would the offense look like with Jeff Underefeller’s move against the Tennessee Hot U Albany team? we will see.

10. Buffalo Bulls (LW: 9, down 1)

  • High rating: 9 (one time)
  • Low rating: 11 (four)
  • Average Rating: 10.5

The Buffalo Bulls, like BGSU, have taken the FCS match for granted, building a multi-point lead just to blow it up and finding themselves in a heavy bout of straw makers, a position the FBS team doesn’t want to be in.

Just like BGSU, the Bulls let down the score at the last second to decide the fate of the game – except in their case, they lost in regulation in a poorly defended Hail Mary. When combined with their performance against Maryland, where they looked lost and without a clear identity, it’s hard to have a lot of excitement about this team going forward.

They are probably in the 10th place because on paper they are better than Akron and BGSU. But they will have to prove a lot going forward. Coastal Carolina is next.

9. Ball State Cardinals (LW: 10, up 1)

  • High rating: 7 (one time)
  • Low rating: 9 (three)
  • Average Rating: 8.33

The Cards held up admirably in their first league game of the year, as they hosted WMU at Barnburner from a competition to determine who would get the distinction of topping MAC West for the first part of the season.

Ultimately, though, their conservatism in game management situations made them vulnerable to exploitation, and the Broncos would use that to win.

There’s not much to go crazy here, as BSU led the vast majority of the game and showed flashes of brilliance across the board. The offense in particular didn’t seem to lose a step, despite the departures. The defense may use some internal leadership, but there is still reason to be optimistic.

We’ll see if they can build on that promise in the next few weeks, starting this week against Murray State.

8. Eastern Michigan Eagles (LW: 8)

  • High rating: 5 (one time)
  • Low Rating: 9 (twice)
  • Average Rating: 7.5

Sounds like a serious case of deja vu in saying this, but EMU looked pretty good early on against a funny Louisiana-Lafayette on the road, taking a multi-point lead in the inning. But something happened along the way, and after the break, EMU gave up 49-7 from the second half to lose a game they had often controlled.

It’s hard to see why this team is performing exactly as it does on a consistent basis. Is it a management game? Is it a lack of talent? Are they schemes? A combination of it all? Reading the EMU has always been difficult, and they are really not helping themselves with how the season is going so far. We had this team as one of the top 5 MACs in 2022, so the pieces are there for a competitive program.

They’ll have more opportunities to prove the idea in the next three weeks, with games against Arizona State, Buffalo and the U.S. Mass.

7. Ohio Bobcats (LW: 7)

  • High rating: 3 (one time)
  • Low Rating: 9 (one time)
  • Average Rating: 6.83

The Ohio Bobcats surprised us all in the first week, with a fireworks performance against the FAU in the pouring rain. Their next game won’t feature many fireworks, to say the least, like they faced Penn State at home in Saturday’s game at Big Noon.

It was an expected loss, but overall, the performance wasn’t bad. After a rocky 2021 season that saw them lead 3-9, there is a reasonable amount of optimism surrounding this team. They were holding 19-7 before the break, and caught Penn State by surprise a few times with some clever determination to play, so Ohio gave them everything they could muster.

However, there is still a lot of work to do, as Kurtis Rourke was under 50 percent and no Bobcats intruder caught more than 29 yards against Penn State. (And understandably.) It gets a little easier, but not by much, with Iowa next on the agenda.

6. Kent State Golden Flashes (LW: t-5, down 1)

  • High rating: 4 (one time)
  • Low Rating: 8 (one time)
  • Average Rating: 5.66

It’s still hard to tell what the Kent State team will look like when it comes to conference play, given that they continue to relentlessly immerse themselves through clearly more talented programs, but they certainly find ways to create optimism.

Andrew Glass kicked a field goal from 37 yards to make an initial 3-0 lead, and was able to quickly choke the Oklahoma team to a 7-3 lead at the halftime whistle, but couldn’t keep up the momentum, losing the game by 1. Final 33-3. It’s certainly a more encouraging effort than the one against Washington the week before, as the flash allowed the huskies to watch their defenses early and often.

The Flashes get a reprieve – and a chance to prove their strength – in a contest against LIU to open the fixture schedule at Dix Stadium.

5. Miami Redhawks (left: 4, down 1)

  • High rating: 2 (one time)
  • Low rating: 6 (three)
  • Average Rating: 4.83

A win and a drop in the world rankings are rare, but it was a very strange week, with five teams dropping from their previous rankings, while only three teams remained where they were last.

The Miami team took care of the business just as they needed it against Robert Morris, but they could have done a little better, winning 31-14 in a game where they were a 38-point favorite in the sports books. We have to be fair with them, as they had to replace the left tackle, the tight end and the middle in this game, and it would take a while to warm up for the job.

All told, winning just 17 for a 4-6 FCS team isn’t terribly encouraging, even if it counts as a win in the record books. They will now take on revenge-centric Cincinnati (recently knocked out of the world rankings for the first time in two seasons) at Paul Brown Stadium.

4. Central Michigan Chippewas (LW: 1, down 3)

  • High rating: 2 (one time)
  • Low Rating: 7 (one time)
  • Average Rating: 3.83

Well, first place was fun for about a week for CMU.

CMU suffered a humiliating and humiliating loss to South Alabama on Saturday

y on their home grounds, and they seem to be ahead in all three stages from the start of the gun to the last whistle. You can give CMU the edge of the doubt in the first game of the season between the tension of the opening match and a hostile road environment, but this week it revealed a lot of issues around attack and defense that definitely need to be addressed.

This team is still very talented and capable of winning everything, which is why they are here despite being 0-2, but they will need to put it together and find some solutions quickly. Bucknell should offer CMU an opportunity to test some concepts.

3. Northern Illinois Huskies (LW:3)

  • High Rating: 1 (one time)
  • Low Rating: 5 (one time)
  • Average Rating: 3.16

The NIU has looked rather weak in both of their games this season, making huge advances before having to shut down EIU’s comeback run in week one, then falling back by multiple numbers to come back and trying to maintain little lead on the road against Tulsa in week two, which ultimately failed. in doing so.

The Husky have plenty of experience with odd matches, back and forth, which helped them close the gap in the second half after trailing 24-7 in the first half, but they may have met their game in Tulsa, a team with the same thing. I learned how to navigate the art of back.

It was a tough loss, they were in a position to keep it fully before a series of bad decisions of late. Husky dogs are still the defending champions, and they are very talented, so they are benefiting from the doubt for now. Vanderbilt is next. A full performance against the SEC team would really set the tone.

2. Western Michigan Broncos (LW: t-5, up 3)

  • High Rating: 1 (one time)
  • Low rating: 2 (four)
  • Average Rating: 2.1

WMU was screaming off the charts with its latest performance, holding up impressively against Michigan State in a stressful Week 1 position and then putting in a great performance in Week 2 against Ball State.

We had a lot of questions about what this team would look like going into the season, losing a bunch of legitimate talent to graduation or transfer, so we were pretty low to start, but they’ve proven they can do the job so far this season.

The Broncos’ inherent aggressiveness was a huge advantage in their team game against Ball State, stealing possessions and points where they could counter the strategy of bleeding hours of cards, and they are now technically atop the MAC West division.

The key is to maintain this momentum. They started last season really hot before flying off a cliff at a conference. They host Pittsburgh 23rd in Kalamazoo this week, as the Panthers look to make up for the loss of overtime to Tennessee last week.

1. Toledo Rockets (LW: 1, top 1)

Well, there is only one undefeated team in MAC so far, and that is the Toledo Rockets. They got every #1 vote from voters this week, and they deserve it.

They’ve done everything they needed to do in the two games so far, shutting down LIU and UMass in the first two games with a stifling defense, all the while showing efficiency on the offensive side of the ball. Even given that it’s LIU and UMass, you still have to beat the teams in front of you (hey, BG and Buffalo) and look good doing it. Toledo has done both so far.

Now, the level of competition is rising, and our voters will be very interested in what Toledo will look like when the pressure is good and real.

The Rockets, which have given some Power Five squads a fright over the past few years in a non-collective play, will face Ohio State in Columbus this week.

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Akron ball country buffalo bowling green middle mitch East Mitch Kent State Miami NIU Ohio Toledo Western Michigan
11 8 10 12 3 9 4 6 5 7 1 2
10 9 12 11 4 7 8 6 5 3 1 2
12 8 10 11 3 9 5 6 2 7 1 4
12 7 10 11 4 8 5 2 3 9 1 6
10 9 11 12 2 8 6 5 3 7 1 4
10 9 11 12 7 5 6 4 3 8 1 2

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