MAC FOOTBALL BOWL STORY LINES
December 21, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
• Five MAC programs will be playing in bowl games this season
as Bowling Green (Little Caesars Pizza Bowl), Northern Illinois
(San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl), Ball State
(GoDaddy Bowl), Buffalo (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl) and
Ohio (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburgh Bowl) will represent the
Conference this 2013 bowl season.
• The five bowl invitations marks the sixth time in MAC history
to have five or more teams receive a bowl invitation (2004, 2008,
2009, 2011, 2012, 2013) in a single-season. The MAC record is
seven bowl invitations, which was established in 2012.
• This season the MAC had three programs reach ten or more
wins as MAC Champion Bowling Green (10-3, 7-1), Northern
Illinois (12-1, 8-0) and Ball State (10-2, 7-1) all reached the ten
win plateau. The MAC is tied for second among FBS conferences
with three teams with ten wins or more with the ACC,
Big 12 and Pac 12, trailing only the SEC’s four teams with ten
or more wins.
• Bowling Green won the 2013 Marathon MAC Football Championship
with a 47-27 win over No. 14 ranked Northern Illinois
on Dec. 6 at Ford Field. It marked the first championship for
Bowling Green since the 1992 season. The Falcons had back-toback
MAC Championship seasons in 1991 and 1992.
• Northern Illinois (12-1) is ranked No. 23 in the BCS Standings.
The Huskies are also ranked No. 22 in the Harris Poll, No. 23 in
the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 24 in the Associated Press
Top 25 Poll.
• This season the MAC had seven programs bowl eligible --
Northern Illinois (12-1), Ball State (10-2), Bowling Green (10-3),
Buffalo (8-4), Ohio (7-5), Toledo (7-5) and Central Michigan
(6-6) -- to match the 2012 MAC record for most programs bowl
eligible in a single season. Toledo and Central Michigan were
not selected for a bowl game.
• Northern Illinois senior quarterback Jordan Lynch was one of six
finalists invited to New York City for the Heisman Award Trophy
presentation on Dec. 14. Lynch finished third in the Heisman
Trophy voting, the highest ever for a MAC student-athlete. Lynch
was just the third MAC student-athlete invited to the Heisman
ceremony -- WR Randy Moss (Marshall, 1997) and QB Chad
Pennington (Marshall, 1999)