2010 Mid-American Conference football season

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2010 Mid-American Conference football season
League NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision)
Sport Football
Duration September 2, 2010
through January, 2011
Number of teams 13
TV partner(s) ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, Big Ten Network
Regular Season
East champions Miami
West champions Northern Illinois
MAC Championship Game
Champions Miami
MAC Championship Game MVP Thomas Merriweather, Miami
Football seasons
← 2009
2011 →
2010 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Miami x   7 1         10 4  
Ohio   6 2         8 5  
Temple   5 3         8 4  
Kent State   4 4         5 7  
Bowling Green   1 7         2 10  
Buffalo   1 7         2 10  
Akron   1 7         1 11  
West
Northern Illinois x   8 0         11 3  
Toledo   7 1         8 5  
Western Michigan   5 3         6 6  
Ball State   3 5         4 8  
Central Michigan   2 6         3 9  
Eastern Michigan   2 6         2 10  
Championship: Miami 26, Northern Illinois 21
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2010 Mid-American Conference football season was the 65th season for the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The season began on Thursday, September 2, with five games: Ball State hosted Southeast Missouri State, Central Michigan hosted Hampton, Kent State hosted Murray State, Buffalo hosted Rhode Island, and Northern Illinois traveled to Ames, Iowa to face Iowa State. The conference's other eight teams began their respective 2010 seasons of NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) competition on Friday, September 3, and Saturday, September 4. The first in-conference game was September 9, with Temple hosting Central Michigan.

The 2010 MAC Championship Game featured the Northern Illinois Huskies and the Miami RedHawks, held December 3, at Ford Field in Detroit. Miami defeated Northern Illinois 26-21 on a 33-yard pass from Austin Boucher to Armand Robinson for a touchdown with 33 seconds remaining in regulation.[1]

Four MAC teams were invited to post-season bowl games, with conference champion Miami, West Division champion Northern Illinois, West Division runner-up Toledo, and East Division runner-up Ohio getting bids. The only bowl-eligible schools not to receive invitations were Western Michigan (6-6) and Temple (8-4), the latter being the first team with a winning record to be passed over for a team with a .500 record under an NCAA rule change.

Previous season[edit]

West Division champion Central Michigan entered the 2009 MAC Championship Game undefeated in MAC play, their only losses coming at Arizona and at Boston College. The Ohio Bobcats were selected to represent the East Division by virtue of a tie-breaking head-to-head victory against the Temple Owls in the final regular-season game; both teams were 9-3 overall and 7-1 in conference games. In a rematch of the 2006 game, Central Michigan again won, for their third MAC championship in four years. Following the game, Central Michigan coach Butch Jones left to become the head coach at the University of Cincinnati. Steve Stripling, the defensive ends coach, became interim head coach and coached the GMAC bowl.[2]

Five MAC teams — Ohio, Temple, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, and Central Michigan — played in post-season bowl games, though only Central Michigan won, defeating Sun Belt Conference champion Troy 44-41 in two overtimes in the 2010 GMAC Bowl. In mid-January, Dan Enos, previously a running backs coach for the Michigan State Spartans, was named the new head coach at Central Michigan.[3] There were no other coaching changes in the conference.

Conference realignment[edit]

The Mid-American Conference was entirely left out of the 2010 NCAA conference realignment, with no school entering or leaving the conference. There was some speculation that football-only member Temple was under consideration to become a football-only member of the Big East Conference.[4]

After being rebuffed by the Big East in November,[5] the University of Massachusetts Amherst Minutemen are expected to become a football-only member starting in the fall of 2013, following a two-year transition from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision. The arrangement is expected to be similar to Temple's, with UMass required to schedule certain numbers of non-conference games in other sports against MAC schools.[6]

Preseason[edit]

Preseason poll[edit]

The 2010 MAC Preseason poll results were announced at the Football Media Preview in Detroit on July 30. In the West Division, Northern Illinois was picked as champion, while Temple was picked to win the East Division and the MAC Championship Game.[7]

East Division[edit]

  1. Temple - 137 points; 17 first-place votes
  2. Ohio - 116 points; 3 first-place votes
  3. Kent State - 94 points
  4. Bowling Green - 74 points
  5. Miami - 53 points
  6. Buffalo - 48 points
  7. Akron - 38 points

West Division[edit]

  1. Northern Illinois - 115 points; 15 first-place votes
  2. Central Michigan - 83 points; 3 first-place votes
  3. Western Michigan - 77 points; 2 first-place votes
  4. Toledo - 75 points
  5. Ball State - 50 points
  6. Eastern Michigan - 20 points

MAC Championship[edit]

Three votes were not cast for any team.

  1. Temple - 11 votes
  2. Northern Illinois - 5 votes
  3. Ohio - 1 votes

Head coaches[edit]

Post-season coaching changes[edit]

On November 21, the day after Kent State's seventh loss of the season assured them of a losing record, Doug Martin announced that he would resign at the end of the season.[8] On December 20, Kent State athletic director Joel Nielsen introduced former Ohio State receivers coach Darrell Hazell as the new head coach for the Golden Flashes.[9] Hazell was the first Ohio State assistant coach to leave for a head coaching job in six years; the last was Mark Snyder, who was hired by Marshall in 2004.[10]

On November 23, three days after Ball State concluded its season with a 4-8 record, Ball State athletic director Tom Collins announced the firing of Stan Parrish, saying, "As we evaluated the on-field performance and the football program in its entirety, we decided it was time for a change in direction in the leadership of the program".[11] On December 19, Collins announced that he had hired Pete Lembo, formerly the head coach at Elon.[12]

On December 5, Northern Illinois head coach Jerry Kill accepted the position of head coach for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. His announcement came less than two weeks before the Huskies were scheduled to play in the Humanitarian Bowl. Leaving the team in the manner he did (many teammates learned about his new job via Twitter instead of from Kill himself[13][unreliable source?]) dealt an emotional blow to the members of the team; star quarterback Chandler Harnish saying about Kill's departure, "I have a horrible taste in my mouth". Additionally, besides the emotional impact, USA Today noted "The timing of the announcement further hurts the program due to Kill most likely taking the bulk of his staff to Minnesota."[14] On December 9, linebackers coach Tom Matukewicz was announced as the interim head coach for the Huskies bowl game,[15] and on December 13, the university hired Wisconsin Badgers defensive coordinator Dave Doeren as the head coach, to begin after the Humanitarian Bowl.[citation needed]

On December 12, ESPN reported that Al Golden was offered and accepted the head coaching job at the University of Miami.[16] Prior to the 2010 season, provisions requiring bowls to pick teams with seven or more wins if available before picking six-win teams were eliminated from NCAA bylaws,[17] and Temple was the first team go uninvited under the rule change, despite going 8–4 including a win over eventual Big East BCS representative Connecticut. On December 22, a rumor[18] was quickly confirmed that Florida offensive coordinator, and former Florida interim head coach (winter of 2009-2010), Steve Addazio would be the new Temple coach.[19]

On December 16, ESPN reported that Michael Haywood, who had been named the 2010 Mid-American Conference Football Coach of the Year days before,[20] had accepted the head football coaching position at the University of Pittsburgh.[21] Haywood was arrested in South Bend, Indiana on December 31, 2010 on felony domestic violence charges arising from a custody dispute, and was fired by Pittsburgh hours after being released on bond the next morning.[22] Defensive backs coach Lance Guidry will coach Miami University in the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl.[23] On December 31, 2010, Miami University hired Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell as its head coach.[24]

Schedules[edit]

In any given year, each team plays all the other teams in the same division, and about half the teams in the opposite division.

Homecoming games[edit]

October 2

  • Ohio at Eastern Michigan 12:00 pm
  • Idaho at Western Michigan 2:00 pm
  • Northern Illinois at Akron 6:00 pm

October 9

  • Western Michigan at Ball State 12:00 pm
  • Akron at Kent State 3:30 pm

October 16

  • Miami University at Central Michigan 12:00 pm
  • Buffalo at Northern Illinois 2:30 pm
  • Akron at Ohio 2:00 pm

October 23

  • Ohio at Miami University 1:00 pm

Bye weeks[edit]

  • Week four: Kent State, Western Michigan
  • Week six: Buffalo
  • Week ten: Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Bowling Green, Miami
  • Week eleven: Ohio, Akron, Temple
  • Week twelve: Central Michigan
  • Week thirteen: Ball State

Season[edit]

Index to colors and formatting
MAC member won
MAC member lost
MAC teams in bold

Week one[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 7:00 pm Southeast Missouri State Ball State Scheumann StadiumMuncie, Indiana W 10-27   10,753[25]
September 2 7:00 pm Rhode Island Buffalo University at Buffalo StadiumAmherst, New York W 0-31   16,273[26]
September 2 7:00 pm Hampton Central Michigan Kelly/Shorts StadiumMount Pleasant, Michigan W 0-33   17,311[27]
September 2 7:00 pm Murray State Kent State Dix StadiumKent, Ohio W 10-41   16,535[28]
September 2 8:00 pm Northern Illinois Iowa State Jack Trice StadiumAmes, Iowa L 10-27   43,116[29]
September 3 5:00 pm Villanova Temple Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania ESPN3 W 24-31   32,193[30]
September 3 8:00 pm Arizona Toledo Glass BowlToledo, Ohio ESPN L 41-2   25,907[31]
September 4 12:00 pm Western Michigan Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, Michigan ESPN2 L 14-38   75,769[32]
September 4 12:00 pm Miami University #4/3 Florida Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida ESPN L 12-34   90,178[33]
September 4 6:00 pm Syracuse Akron InfoCision StadiumAkron, Ohio L 29-3   15,969[34]
September 4 7:00 pm Army Eastern Michigan Rynearson StadiumYpsilanti, MI L 27–31   11,318[35]
September 4 7:00 pm Wofford Ohio Peden StadiumAthens, Ohio W 10-33   22,955[36]
September 4 7:00 pm Bowling Green Troy Veterans Memorial StadiumTroy, Alabama L 27-30   19,886[37]
#Rankings from AP / Coaches polls released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Temple running back Bernard Pierce had been considered a possible Heisman candidate before the season, but he was dropped from watchlists following an underwhelming week 1 performance. Pierce carried 20 times for 75 yards and no touchdowns in Temple's win over Villanova.[38]

Week two[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 9 7:00 pm Central Michigan Temple Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania ESPNU  10-13 OT  15,152[39]
September 11 12:00 pm Gardner-Webb Akron InfoCision StadiumAkron, Ohio L 38-37 OT  10,046[40]
September 11 2:00 pm Eastern Michigan Miami University Yager StadiumOxford, Ohio SportsTime Ohio  21-28   12,857[41]
September 11 3:30 pm Kent State Boston College Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, Massachusetts ESPNU L 13-26   35,122[42]
September 11 7:00 pm Toledo Ohio Peden StadiumAthens, Ohio  20-13   19,455[43]
September 11 7:00 pm Bowling Green Tulsa Chapman StadiumTulsa, Oklahoma L 20-33   19,565[44]
September 11 7:00 pm Buffalo Baylor Floyd Casey StadiumWaco, Texas L 6-34   40,853[45]
September 11 7:00 pm Liberty Ball State Scheumann StadiumMuncie, Indiana L 27-23   9,110[46]
September 11 7:00 pm North Dakota Northern Illinois Huskie StadiumDekalb, Illinois W 17-23   18,046[47]
September 11 7:00 pm Nicholls State Western Michigan Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, Michigan W 14-49   19,327[48]
#Rankings from AP / Coaches polls released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Week three[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 18 12:00 p.m. Connecticut Temple Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania ESPN+/ESPN GamePlan/ESPN3.com W 16-30   18,702[49]
September 18 12:00 p.m. Ball State Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, Indiana Big Ten Network L 13-24   54,124[50]
September 18 12:00 p.m. Kent State #22/20 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, Pennsylvania ESPN2 L 0-24   100,610[51]
September 18 12:00 p.m. Ohio #2/2 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio Big Ten Network L 7-43   105,075[52]
September 18 12:00 p.m. Northern Illinois Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, Illinois Big Ten Network L 22-28   50,569[53]
September 18 3:30 p.m. Colorado State Miami University Yager StadiumOxford, Ohio Ohio News Network W 10-31   16,691[54]
September 18 4:00 p.m. Central Michigan Eastern Michigan Rynearson StadiumYpsilanti, Michigan (Michigan MAC Trophy)  52-14   20,348[55]
September 18 7:00 p.m. UCF Buffalo University at Buffalo StadiumAmherst, New York Time Warner Cable SportsNet L 24-10   14,312[56]
September 18 7:00 p.m. Toledo Western Michigan Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, Michigan  37-24   14,216[57]
September 18 7:00 p.m. Marshall Bowling Green Doyt Perry StadiumBowling Green, Ohio ESPN3.com W 28-44   20,515[58]
September 18 7:00 p.m. Akron Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, Kentucky Fox Sports Net/ESPN GamePlan L 10-47   64,014[59]
#Rankings from AP / Coaches polls released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Week four[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 25 12:00 pm Buffalo Connecticut Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, Connecticut ESPN3 L 21-45   36,738[60]
September 25 12:00 pm Central Michigan Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, Illinois L 25-30   30,075[61]
September 25 12:00 pm Bowling Green #21/22 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, Michigan ESPN2 L 21-65   109,933[62]
September 25 12:00 pm Ball State #18/18 Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, Iowa Big Ten Network L 0-45   70,585[63]
September 25 12:00 pm Toledo Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, Indiana Big Ten Network W 31-20   42,068[64]
September 25 2:00 pm Miami University #NR/24 Missouri Faurot FieldColumbia, Missouri L 13-51   60,329[65]
September 25 3:30 pm Eastern Michigan #2/2 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio ABC L 20-73   105,017[66]
September 25 3:30 pm Temple #23/20 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, Pennsylvania Big Ten Network L 13-22   104,840[67]
September 25 7:00 pm Akron Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, Indiana Big Ten Network L 20-35   42,258[68]
September 25 7:00 pm Ohio Marshall Edwards StadiumHuntington, West Virginia (Battle for the Bell) L 23-24   28,143[69]
September 25 8:30 pm Northern Illinois Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, Minnesota Big Ten Network W 34-23   49,368[70]
#Rankings from AP / Coaches polls released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Bye week: Kent State, Western Michigan

In week four, two MAC teams (Kent State, Western Michigan) took the week off, while the other eleven teams took to the road. Eight MAC teams visited Big Ten schools, bringing the total MAC versus Big Ten matches to thirteen for the year.[71]

Week five[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 2 12:00 pm Temple Army Michie StadiumWest Point, New York W 42-35   33,065[72]
October 2† 12:00 pm Ohio Eastern Michigan Rynearson StadiumYpsilanti, Michigan  30-17   16,753[73]
October 2 1:00 pm Kent State Miami University Yager StadiumOxford, Ohio  21-27   17,666[74]
October 2† 2:00 pm Idaho Western Michigan Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, Michigan L 33-13   18,508[75]
October 2 3:30 pm Buffalo Bowling Green Doyt Perry StadiumBowling Green, Ohio  28-26   14,544[76]
October 2 3:30 pm Ball State Central Michigan Kelly/Shorts StadiumMount Pleasant, Michigan  31-17   20,152[77]
October 2† 6:00 pm Northern Illinois Akron InfoCision StadiumAkron, Ohio  50-14   12,133[78]
October 2 7:00 pm Wyoming Toledo Glass BowlToledo, Ohio L 20-15   20,843[79]
#Rankings from AP / Coaches polls released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Week six[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 9, 2010 12:00 pm Central Michigan Virginia Tech Lane StadiumBlacksburg, Virginia ESPNU L 21-45   66,233[80]
October 9, 2010 12:00 pm Western Michigan Ball State Scheumann StadiumMuncie, Indiana  45-16   11,962[81]
October 9, 2010 12:00 pm Temple Northern Illinois Huskie StadiumDekalb, Illinois  17-31   14,011[82]
October 9, 2010 2:00 pm Bowling Green Ohio Peden StadiumAthens, Ohio  25-49   19,855[83]
October 9, 2010 3:30 pm Akron Kent State Dix StadiumKent, Ohio ESPN3  17-28   24,221[84]
October 9, 2010 7:00 pm Eastern Michigan Vanderbilt Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, Tennessee ESPNU L 6-52   33,107[85]
October 9, 2010 7:00 pm Miami University Cincinnati Nippert StadiumCincinnati, Ohio ESPN3 L 3-45   33,909[86]
October 9, 2010 8:00 pm Toledo Boise State Bronco StadiumBoise, Idaho L 14-57   33,833[87]
#Rankings from AP / Coaches polls released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

For week 6, Buffalo had the week off.

Week seven[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 16, 2010 12:00 pm Miami University Central Michigan Kelly/Shorts StadiumMount Pleasant, Michigan  27-20   24,761[88]
October 16, 2010 1:00 pm Bowling Green Temple Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania  27-28   23,045[89]
October 16, 2010 1:00 pm Eastern Michigan Ball State Scheumann StadiumMuncie, Indiana  41-38 OT  10,956[90]
October 16, 2010 2:00 pm Akron Ohio Peden StadiumAthens, Ohio  10-38   21,645[91]
October 16, 2010 2:30 pm Western Michigan Notre Dame Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, Indiana NBC L 20-44   80,795[92]
October 16, 2010 3:30 pm Buffalo Northern Illinois Huskie StadiumDekalb, Illinois  14-45   21,230[93]
October 16, 2010 7:00 pm Kent State Toledo Glass BowlToledo, Ohio  21-34   20,048[94]
#Rankings from AP / Coaches polls released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Week eight[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 23 12:00 pm Temple Buffalo University at Buffalo StadiumAmherst, New York ESPN3  42-0   13,371[95]
October 23 1:00 pm Ohio Miami University Yager StadiumOxford, Ohio  34-13   17,144[96]
October 23 3:30 pm Kent State Bowling Green Doyt Perry StadiumBowling Green, Ohio  30-6   14,279 [97]
October 23 3:30 pm Western Michigan Akron InfoCision StadiumAkron, Ohio ESPN3  56-10   10,073 [98]
October 23 4:00 pm Central Michigan Northern Illinois Huskie StadiumDekalb, Illinois ESPN3  7-33   17,042 [99]
October 23 6:00 pm Eastern Michigan Virginia Scott StadiumCharlottesville, Virginia ESPN3 L 21-48   37,386 [100]
October 23 7:00 pm Ball State Toledo Glass BowlToledo, Ohio  24-31   15,010 [101]
#Rankings from AP / Coaches polls released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Week nine[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 30 12:00 Northern Illinois Western Michigan Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, Michigan ESPN GamePlan ESPN3  28-21   12,578 [102]
October 30 1:00 Akron Temple Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania  0-30   17,563[103]
October 30 2:00 LA-Lafayette Ohio Peden StadiumAthens, Ohio W 31-38   15,255 [104]
October 30 3:30 Miami University Buffalo University at Buffalo StadiumAmherst, New York TWCS  21-9   12,786 [105]
October 30 3:30 Bowling Green Central Michigan Kelly/Shorts StadiumMount Pleasant, Michigan  17-14   17,659[106]
October 30 3:30 Ball State Kent State Dix StadiumKent, Ohio WJW (TV)  14-33   15,468 [107]
October 30 4:00 Toledo Eastern Michigan Rynearson StadiumYpsilanti, Michigan STO  42-7   25,860 [108]
#Rankings from AP / Coaches polls released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Week ten[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 4 7:30 Buffalo Ohio Peden StadiumAthens, Ohio ESPNU  17-34   15,112[109]
November 5 6:00 Western Michigan Central Michigan Kelly/Shorts StadiumMount Pleasant, Michigan ESPNU  22-26   22,355 [110]
November 6 1:00 Akron Ball State Scheumann StadiumMuncie, Indiana  30-37 OT  5,377 [111]
November 6 2:00 Temple Kent State Dix StadiumKent, Ohio  28-10   15,125 [112]
#Rankings from AP / Coaches polls released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

For week 10, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Bowling Green, and Miami had the week off.

Week eleven[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 9 7:00 Toledo Northern Illinois Huskie StadiumDekalb, Illinois ESPN2  30-65   18,472 [113]
November 10 8:00 Miami University Bowling Green Doyt Perry StadiumBowling Green, Ohio ESPN 2  24-21   12,073 [114]
November 12 6:00 Ball State Buffalo University at Buffalo StadiumAmherst, New York ESPN U  20-3   11,355[115]
November 13 2:00 Army Kent State Dix StadiumKent, Ohio L 45-28   17,222[116]
November 13 2:00 Eastern Michigan Western Michigan Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, Michigan  30-45   12,136 [117]
November 13 3:30 Central Michigan Navy Navy – Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, Maryland L 37-38   34,333[118]
#Rankings from AP / Coaches polls released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

For week eleven, Ohio, Akron, and Temple had the week off.

Week twelve[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 16 8:00 Ohio Temple Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania ESPN2  31-23   16,433 [119]
November 17 6:00/ 8:00 Miami University Akron InfoCision StadiumAkron, Ohio ESPN 2 or ESPNU  19-14   7,671 [120]
November 17 6:00/ 8:00 Bowling Green Toledo Glass BowlToledo, Ohio (Battle of I-75) ESPN 2 or ESPN U  14-33   22,071 [121]
November 20 1:00 Northern Illinois Ball State Scheumann StadiumMuncie, Indiana (Bronze Stalk Trophy)  59-21   5,524[122]
November 20 2:00 Eastern Michigan Buffalo University at Buffalo StadiumAmherst, New York STO  21-17   9,786[123]
November 20 2:00 Kent State Western Michigan Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, Michigan  3-38   8,763[124]
#Rankings from AP / Coaches polls released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

For week twelve, Central Michigan had the week off.

With their win over Ball State, Northern Illinois clinched the West Division championship and a berth to the MAC Championship Game; the Huskies were one game ahead of the next team (Toledo) with one game remaining, and would win a tie-breaker based on their earlier defeat of the Rockets.

Week thirteen[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 23 7:00 Temple Miami University Yager StadiumOxford, Ohio ESPN2  3-23   13,235 [125]
November 26 11:00 Ohio Kent State Dix StadiumKent, Ohio ESPN U  6-28   8,340 [126]
November 26 12:00 Northern Illinois Eastern Michigan Rynearson StadiumYpsilanti, Michigan ESPNU  71-3   5,147 [127]
November 26 2:00 Western Michigan Bowling Green Doyt Perry StadiumBowling Green, Ohio ESPN U  41-7   5,121 [128]
November 26 2:00 Buffalo Akron InfoCision StadiumAkron, Ohio ESPN U  14-22   5,216 [129]
November 26 2:00 Central Michigan Toledo Glass BowlToledo, Ohio ESPN U  31-42   12,121 [130]
#Rankings from AP / Coaches polls released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Ball State did not play in week 13; the Cardinals' final game was on November 20.

With their win over Temple, Miami secured a 7-1 conference record, but because the RedHawks lost to Ohio earlier in the season, they did not win the East Division until the Bobcats lost to Kent State three days later.

MAC Championship[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
December 3 7:00 Miami University #23 Northern Illinois Ford FieldDetroit, Michigan ESPN2  26-21   12,031
#Rankings from AP / Coaches polls released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Bowl games[edit]

Bowl Date Opponents Winner Score Loser Score Location Time Network Notes
New Orleans Bowl December 18, 2010 Troy vs. Ohio Troy 48 Ohio 21 New Orleans, Louisiana 6:30 p.m. CT ESPN
Humanitarian Bowl December 18, 2010 Fresno State vs. Northern Illinois Northern Illinois 40 Fresno State 17 Boise, Idaho 8:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl December 26, 2010 FIU vs. Toledo FIU 34 Toledo 32 Detroit, Michigan 8:30 p.m. ET ESPN
GoDaddy.com Bowl January 6, 2011 Middle Tennessee vs. Miami Miami 35 Middle Tennessee 21 Mobile, Alabama 8:00 p.m. ET ESPN

Records against other conferences[edit]

The following summarizes MAC performance against other conferences.

Conference Wins Losses
ACC 0 3
Big 12 0 3
Big East 1 3
Big South 0 2
Big Ten 2 11
Colonial Athletic 2 0
Conference USA 1 3
Great West 1 0
MEAC 1 0
Independents 1 4
Mountain West 1 1
Ohio Valley 2 0
Pac-10 0 1
SEC 0 3
Southern 1 0
Southland 1 0
Sun Belt 1 1
WAC 0 2
Overall 15 35

MAC vs. AQ matchups[edit]

During the season, MAC teams played several games against AQ conference opponents. Some of these games are regularly contested rivalry games.

Date Visitor Home Significance Winning Team
September 2 Northern Illinois Iowa State Iowa State
September 3 Arizona Toledo Arizona
September 4 Western Michigan Michigan State Michigan State
September 4 Miami University Florida Florida
September 4 Syracuse Akron Syracuse
September 11 Kent State Boston College Boston College
September 11 Buffalo Baylor Baylor
September 18 Connecticut Temple Temple
September 18 Ball State Purdue Purdue
September 18 Kent State Penn State Penn State
September 18 Ohio Ohio State Ohio State
September 18 Northern Illinois Illinois Illinois
September 18 Akron Kentucky Kentucky
September 25 Buffalo Connecticut Connecticut
September 25 Central Michigan Northwestern Northwestern
September 25 Bowling Green Michigan Michigan
September 25 Ball State Iowa Iowa
September 25 Toledo Purdue Toledo
September 25 Miami University Missouri Missouri
September 25 Eastern Michigan Ohio State Ohio State
September 25 Temple Penn State Penn State
September 25 Akron Indiana Indiana
September 25 Northern Illinois Minnesota Northern Illinois
October 9 Central Michigan Virginia Tech Virginia Tech
October 9 Eastern Michigan Vanderbilt Vanderbilt
October 9 Miami University Cincinnati Cincinnati
October 16 Western Michigan Notre Dame Notre Dame
October 23 Eastern Michigan Virginia Virginia
November 13 Army Kent State Army
November 13 Central Michigan Navy Navy

Players of the week[edit]

Throughout the regular season, the Mid-American Conference offices name offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week for each division. Several players won multiple awards: Matt Rinehart from Kent State was the East Division Special Teams Player of the Week three times ( week 6,9 and 10). Chandler Harnish from Northern Illinois was the West Division Offensive Player of the Week three times(week 5,6 and 11) Paul Hershey from Ohio was the East Division Special Teams Player of the Week twice (week 3 and week 4), Muhammad Wilkerson from Temple was the East Division Defensive Player of the Week twice (week 2 and week 8), Freddy Cortez from Kent State was the East Division Special Teams Player of the Week twice (week 2 and week 8), Nick Harwell from Ball State was the East Division Offensive player of the week twice ( week 9 and week 11),Dwayne Woods from Bowling Green was named East Division Defensive player of the week twice (week 3 and week 11), Trevor Cook from Miami was named East Division Special Teams player of the week twice (week 5 and week 11), Ian McGarvey from Ball State was named West Division Special Teams player of the week twice (week 10 and week 11)and Dwayne Priest of Eastern Michigan was named West Division Offensive player of the week twice (week 1 and week 12). Through week 12, only Akron has failed to produce a Player of the Week.

Week East Division West Division
Offensive Defensive Special teams Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team Player Team
Week 1[131] Spencer Keith Kent State Keith Morgan Bowling Green Brandon McManus Temple Dwayne Priest Eastern Michigan Nick Bellore Central Michigan Ben Armer Western Michigan
Week 2[132] Thomas Merriweather Miami Muhammad Wilkerson Temple Freddy Cortez Kent State Alex Carder Western Michigan Dan Molls Toledo Jay Karutz Eastern Michigan
Week 3[133] Bernard Pierce Temple Dwayne Woods Bowling Green Paul Hershey Ohio Paris Cotton Central Michigan Desmond Marrow Toledo Josh Wilber Northern Illinois
Week 4[134] Terrence McCrae Ohio Jaiquawn Jarrett Temple Paul Hershey Ohio Chad Spann Northern Illinois Archie Donald Toledo Jimmie Ward Northern Illinois
Week 5[135] Matt Brown Temple Khalil Mack Buffalo Trevor Cook Miami Chandler Harnish Northern Illinois Robert Eddins Ball State Ben Armer Western Michigan
Week 6[136] Phil Bates Ohio Roosevelt Nix Kent State Matt Rinehart Kent State Chandler Harnish Northern Illinois Lewis Toler Western Michigan John Potter Western Michigan
Week 7[137] Boo Jackson Ohio Evan Harris Miami Adrian Robinson Temple Alex Gillett Eastern Michigan T.J. Fatinikun Toledo Jimmie Ward Northern Illinois
Week 8[138] Tyshon Goode Kent State Muhammad Wilkerson Temple Freddy Cortez Kent State Juan Nunez Western Michigan Tyrone Clark Northern Illinois Isaiah Ballard Toledo
Week 9[139] Nick Harwell Miami Chris Jones Bowling Green Matt Rinehart Kent State Jordan White Western Michigan Jake Coffman Northern Illinois Vince Penza Toledo
Week 10[140] Mike Gerardi Toledo Stafford Gatling Ohio Matt Rinehart Kent State Jack Tomlinson Ball State Armond Staten Central Michigan Ian McGarvey Ball State
Week 11[141] Nick Harwell Miami Dwayne Woods Bowling Green Trevor Cook Miami Chandler Harnish Northern Illinois Sean Baker Ball State Ian McGarvey Ball State
Week 12 [142] Vince Davidson Ohio Brandon Stephens Miami Eugene Cooper Bowling Green Dwayne Priest Eastern Michigan Jamail Berry Western Michigan Jordan Delegal Northern Illinois

Statistics [143][edit]

Team[edit]

Scoring Offense
Team G PTS AVG
Northern Illinois 12 471 39.2
Western Michigan 12 388 32.3
Ohio 12 336 28.0
Toledo 12 331 27.6


Scoring Defense
Team G PTS AVG
Northern Illinois 12 222 18.5
Temple 12 229 19.1
Ohio 12 261 21.8
Kent State 12 275 22.9


Passing Offense
Team ATT YDS TD YDS/G
Western Michigan 475 3429 30 285.8
Central Michigan 477 3408 17 284.0
Miami 420 2921 16 243.4
Bowling Green 459 2779 12 231.6


Rushing Offense
Team ATT YDS TD YDS/G
Northern Illinois 521 3350 38 279.2
Eastern Michigan 511 2080 17 173.3
Ohio 466 2030 25 169.2
Toledo 452 1872 19 156.0


Total Offense
Team RUSH PASS TOTAL TD YDS/G
Northern Illinois 3350 2074 5424 57 452.0
Western Michigan 1511 3429 4940 48 411.7
Central Michigan 1269 3408 4677 35 389.8
Toledo 1872 2442 4314 41 359.5


Passing Defense
Team ATT YDS TD YDS/G
Temple 357 2138 9 178.2
Buffalo 325 2177 20 181.4
Northern Illinois 364 2294 12 191.2
Central Michigan 360 2461 16 205.1


Rushing Defense
Team ATT YDS TD YDS/G
Kent State 434 1166 21 97.2
Ohio 425 1380 15 115.0
Miami 384 1486 25 123.8
Toledo 401 1567 25 130.6


Total Defense
Team RUSH PASS TOTAL TD YDS/G
Kent State 1166 2514 3680 31 306.7
Temple 1674 2138 3812 25 217.6
Northern Illinois 1598 2294 324.3 25 324.3
Ohio 1380 2612 3992 32 332.7
Miami 1486 2506 3992 36 332.7


3rd Downs
Team CONV ATT PCT
Northern Illinois 78 151 51.7
Toledo 71 175 40.6
Western Michigan 73 183 39.9
Central Michigan 64 171 37.4


Opp. 3rd Downs
Team CONV ATT PCT
Miami 56 156 35.9
Northern Illinois 59 162 36.4
Kent State 69 186 37.1
Buffalo 73 200 37.2


Red Zone Offense
Team ATT TD FG TOTAL PCT
Ohio 41 31 5 36 87.8
Northern Illinois 59 37 13 50 84.7
Temple 39 23 8 31 79.5
Ball State 37 18 11 29 78.4
Toledo 37 24 5 29 78.4


Red Zone Defense
Team ATT TD FG TOTAL PCT
Miami 40 23 5 28 70.0
Northern Illinois 29 14 7 21 72.4
Toledo 48 28 7 35 72.9
Western Michigan 38 18 10 28 73.7
Temple 38 19 9 28 73.7


Turnover Margin
Team GAIN LOSS DIFF
Toledo 33 11 + 14
Northern Illinois 24 13 + 11
Miami 29 22 + 7
Western Michigan 30 27 + 3


Penalties
Team NO. YDS AVG/G
Northern Illinois 54 507 42.2
Akron 66 561 46.8
Ohio 68 571 47.6
Miami 71 583 48.6

Individual[edit]

Passing
Player School COMP ATT YDS TD INT YPG
Ryan Radcliff Central Michigan 282 466 3358 17 17 279.8
Alex Carder Western Michigan 289 458 3334 30 12 277.8
Zac Dysert Miami 222 342 2406 13 12 240.6
Matt Schilz Bowling Green 228 377 2223 8 14 222.3


Rushing
Player School ATT YDS YPC TD YPG
Chad Spann Northern Illinois 226 1239 5.5 20 103.2
Dwayne Priest Eastern Michigan 168 716 4.3 8 79.6
Adonis Thomas Toledo 151 905 6.0 6 75.4
Alex Allen Akron 186 877 4.7 8 73.1


Receiving
Player School REC YDS YPC TD YPG
Jordan White Western Michigan 94 1378 14.7 10 114.8
Cody Wilson Central Michigan 83 1137 13.7 5 94.8
Kamar Jordan Bowling Green 96 1109 11.6 4 92.4
Eric Page Toledo 94 1081 11.5 8 90.1


Tackles
Player School SOLO AST TOTAL AVG/G
Archie Donald Toledo 54 80 134 11.2
Dwayne Woods Bowling Green 50 84 134 11.2
Dan Molls Toledo 33 100 133 11.1
Brian Wagner Akron 65 65 130 10.8


Sacks
Player School SACKS YARDS
Roosevelt Nix Kent State 10.0 88
Muhammad Wilkerson Temple 9.5 75
Paul Hazel Western Michigan 8.0 56
Shawn Lemon Akron 7.0 46


Interceptions
Player School INT YARDS TD
Sean Baker Ball State 6 54 0
Domonic Cook Buffalo 6 33 0
Evan Harris Miami 5 114 1
Donovan Fletcher Ohio 5 79 1
Mario Armstrong Western Michigan 5 43 0
Lewis Toler Western Michigan 5 29 1
Norman Wolfe Kent Stat 5 23 0


Kick Returns
Player School RET YDS TD AVG LONG
Eric Page Toledo 25 794 3 31.8 99
Eric Williams Ball State 29 740 1 25.5 92
James Nixon Temple 24 561 0 23.4 51
Corey Welch Eastern Michigan 33 688 0 20.8 33


Punt Returns
Player School RET YDS TD AVG LONG


Kicking
Player School PAT FG PTS PTS/G
Michael Cklamovski Northern Illinois 48-53 15-25 93 7.8
John Potter Western Michigan 50-50 10-12 80 6.7
Ian McGarvey Ball State 29-30 14-17 71 6.5
Trevor Cook Miami 18-19 16-21 66 6.0

Attendance[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Total Average % of Capacity
Temple Lincoln Financial Field 68,532 32,193 15,152 18,702 23,045 17,563 16,433 123,008 20,515 29.9
Central Michigan Kelly/Shorts Stadium 30,295 17,311 20,152 24,761 17,659 22,355 102,238 20,448 67.5
Toledo Glass Bowl 26,248 25,907 20,843 20,048 15,010 22,071 12,121 116,000 19,333 73.7
Ohio Peden Stadium 24,000 22,955 19,455 19,855 21,645 15,255 15,112 114,277 19,047 79.3
Northern Illinois Huskie Stadium 30,076 18,046 14,011 21,230 17,042 18,472 88,801 17,760 59.1
Kent State Dix Stadium 27,363 16,535 24,221 15,468 15,125 17,222 8,340 96,916 16,153 59.0
Eastern Michigan Rynearson Stadium 30,200 11,318 20,348 16,753 25,860 5,147 79,426 15,886 52.6
Miami Yager Stadium 24,286 12,857 16,691 17,666 17,144 13,235 77,593 15,519 63.9
Western Michigan Waldo Stadium 30,200 19,327 14,216 18,508 12,578 12,136 8,763 85,528 14,255 47.2
Bowling Green Doyt Perry Stadium 23,724 20,515 14,544 14,279 12,073 5,121 66,532 13,307 56.1
Buffalo UB Stadium 29,013 16,273 14,312 13,371 12,786 11,355 9,786 77,883 12,981 44.7
Akron InfoCision Stadium 27,881 15,969 10,046 12,133 10,073 7,671 5,216 61,108 10,185 36.5
Ball State Scheumann Stadium 25,400 10,753 9,110 11,963 10,956 5,377 5,524 53,683 8,948 35.2

Academic honors[edit]

2011 NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 2011 NFL Draft

Prospects from the MAC who were all invited to the NFL Combine:

  • LB Nick Bellore, Central Michigan
  • FS Jaiquawn Jarrett, Temple
  • LB Elijah "Peanut" Joseph, Temple
  • CB Josh Thomas, Buffalo
  • DT Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple

On April 28, DT Muhammad Wilkerson, a junior from Temple, was selected by the New York Jets near the end of the first round of the draft, with the 30th overall pick.[144]

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