2012 Mid-American Conference football season

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2012 Mid-American Conference football season
Mid-American Conference (football - 2012 emblem).jpg
League NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision)
Sport football
Number of teams 13
Regular season
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2012 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Kent State x   8 0         11 3  
Bowling Green   6 2         8 5  
Ohio   4 4         9 4  
Buffalo   3 5         4 8  
Miami   3 5         4 8  
UMass   1 7         1 11  
Akron   0 8         1 11  
West Division
No. 22 Northern Illinois x$   8 0         12 2  
Toledo   6 2         9 4  
Ball State   6 2         9 4  
Central Michigan   4 4         7 6  
Western Michigan   2 6         4 8  
Eastern Michigan   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Northern Illinois 44, Kent State 37
  • $ – Conference champion and BCS representative as top non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • UMass not eligible for conference title or bowl game as part of FBS transition
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 Mid-American Conference football season is the 67th season for the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The University of Massachusetts joins the conference to create a 13-team, two-division league. Last season at the Marathon MAC Championship game, Northern Illinois defeated Ohio 23–20 for the champiopionship.

2012 MAC Specialty Award Winners[edit]

Vern Smith Leadership Award Winner: QB Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
Coach of the Year: Darrell Hazell, Kent State
Offensive Player of the Year: QB Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
Defensive Player of the Year: DT Chris Jones, Bowling Green
Special Teams Player of the Year: KR Dri Archer, Kent State
Freshman of the Year: WR Jaime Wilson, Western Michigan

All Conference Teams[edit]

2012 All-MAC First Team Offense
Quarterback – Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
Center – Zac Kerin, Toledo
Offensive Linemen – Brian Winters, Kent State
Offensive Lineman – Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
Offensive Lineman – Dann O'Neill, Western Michigan
Offensive Linemen – Austin Holtz, Ball State
Tight End – Zane Fakes, Ball State
Wide Receiver – Martel Moore, Northern Illinois
Wide Receiver – Bernard Reedy, Toledo
Wide Receiver – Willie Snead IV, Ball State
Wide Receiver – Jamill Smith, Ball State
Running Back – Dri Archer, Kent State
Running Back – David Fluellen, Toledo
Placekicker – Steven Schott, Ball State

2012 All-MAC First Team Defense
Outside Linebacker – Khalil Mack, Buffalo
Outside Linebacker –Gabe Martin, Bowling Green
Inside Linebacker – Dan Molls, Toledo
Inside Linebacker – Perry McIntyre, UMass
Down Lineman – Chris Jones, Bowling Green
Down Lineman – Roosevelt Nix, Kent State
Down Lineman – Sean Progar, Northern Illinois
Down Lineman – Alan Baxter, Northern Illinois
Defensive Back – Jimmy Ward, Northern Illinois
Defensive Back – Dayonne Nunley, Miami
Defensive Back – BooBoo Gates, Bowling Green
Defensive Back – Jermaine Robinson, Toledo
Punter – Jay Karutz, Eastern Michigan

2012 All-MAC First Team Specialists
Kickoff Return Specialist – Dri Archer, Kent State
Punt Return Specialist –Bernard Reedy, Toledo

2012 All-MAC Second Team Offense
Quarterback – Keith Wenning, Ball State
Center – Skyler Allen, Ohio
Offensive Lineman – Eric Herman, Ohio
Offensive Lineman – Josh Kline, Kent State
Offensive Lineman – Tyler Loos, Northern Illinois
Offensive Lineman – Jordan Roussos, Bowling Green
Tight End – Garrett Hoskins, Eastern Michigan
Wide Receiver – Nick Harwell, Miami
Wide Receiver – Alex Neutz, Buffalo
Wide Receiver – Jaime Wilson, Western Michigan
Wide Receiver – Titus Davis, Central Michigan
Running Back – Beau Blankenship, Ohio
Running Back – Zurlon Tipton, Central Michigan
Placekicker – Matt Weller, Ohio

2012 All-MAC Second Team Defense
Outside Linebacker – Tyrone Clark, Northern Illinois
Outside Linebacker – Justin Cudworth, Eastern Michigan
Inside Linebacker – Travis Freeman, Ball State
Inside Linebacker – Luke Batton, Kent State
Down Lineman – Jonathan Newsome, Ball State
Down Lineman – Freddie Bishop, Western Michigan
Down Lineman – Steven Means, Buffalo
Down Lineman – Andy Mulumba, Eastern Michigan
Defensive Back – Jahleel Addae, Central Michigan
Defensive Back – Luke Wollet, Kent State
Defensive Back – Darren Thellen, UMass
Defensive Back – Justin Currie, Western Michigan
Punter – Brian Schmiedebusch, Bowling Green

2012 All-MAC Second Team Specialists
Kickoff Return Specialist – Bernard Reedy, Toledo
Punt Return Specialist – Jaime Wilson, Western Michigan

2012 All-MAC Third Team Offense
Quarterback – Zac Dysert, Miami
Center – Kevin Galeher, Western Michigan
Offensive Lineman – Greg Mancz, Toledo
Offensive Lineman – Dominic Flewellyn, Bowling Green
Offensive Lineman – Jordan Hansel, Ball State
Offensive Lineman – Cam Lowry, Ball State
Tight End – Alex Bayer, Bowling Green
Wide Receiver – Marquelo Suel, Akron
Wide Receiver – Andy Cruse, Miami
Wide Receiver – Cody Wilson, Central Michigan
Wide Receiver – Alonzo Russell, Toledo
Running Back – Jahwan Edwards, Ball State
Running Back – Trayion Durham, Kent State
Placekicker – Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo

2012 All-MAC Third Team Defense
Outside Linebacker – C.J. Malauulu, Kent State
Outside Linebacker – Alphonso Lewis, Ohio
Inside Linebacker – Dwayne Woods, Bowling Green
Inside Linebacker – Desmond Bozeman, Western Michigan
Down Lineman – Nate Ollie, Ball State
Down Lineman – Jake Dooley, Kent State
Down Lineman – Neal Huynh, Ohio
Down Lineman – Ted Ouellet, Bowling Green
Defensive Back – Cam Truss, Bowling Green
Defensive Back – Eric Patterson, Ball State
Defensive Back – Cheatham Norrils, Toledo
Defensive Back – Johnnie Simon, Western Michigan
Punter – Colter Johnson, UMass

2012 All-MAC Third Team Specialists Kickoff Return Specialist – Jamill Smith, Ball State
Punt Return Specialist – Jamill Smith, Ball State

Bowl games[edit]

The MAC placed seven teams in bowl games in 2012. This was the highest number of MAC bowl teams in the conference's history. For the first time, the MAC placed a team in a BCS Bowl with Northern Illinois playing in the Orange Bowl.

NOTE: All times are local

Bowl Date Time SBC team (Record) Opponent (Record) Site TV Result Attendance
2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl December 15 4:30 PM Toledo (9-3) Utah State (10-2) Bronco StadiumBoise, ID ESPN L 15-41 29,243
2012 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl December 21 7:30 PM Ball State (9-3) Central Florida (10-3) Tropicana FieldSt. Petersburg, FL ESPN L 17-38 21,759
2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl December 26 6:30 PM Western Kentucky (7-5) Central Michigan (6-6) Ford FieldDetroit, MI ESPN W 24-21 23,3104
2012 Military Bowl December 27 3:00 PM Bowling Green (8-4) #24 San Jose State (10-2) RFK StadiumWashington, D.C. ESPN L 20-29 17,835
2012 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl December 28 1:00 PM Louisiana-Monroe (8-4) Ohio (8-4) Independence StadiumShreveport, LA ESPN W 45-14 41,853
2013 Discover Orange Bowl January 1 8:20 PM #15 Northern Illinois (12-1) #12 Florida St. (11-2) Sun Life StadiumMiami Gardens, FL ESPN L 10-31 72,073
2013 GoDaddy.com Bowl January 6 8:00 PM Arkansas St. (9-3) #25 Kent State (11-2) Ladd–Peebles StadiumMobile, AL ESPN L 13-17 37,913

Previous season[edit]