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March MACtion 2020: Fourth round and four left
Our semifinal round features MAC Championship winning teams from 2010, 2015, and 2016, as well as 2013's runners-up
Happy Saturday! It’s the weekend and the only way to spend it is, and I hate to remind you this, staying inside where it’s nice and safe! We’re in the semifinal round of this March MACtion football bracket and if you got sick now then how are you supposed to get your votes in today and in the championship round?
The third round saw the most ballots cast for their favorite/against their rivaled MAC schools. And with those votes, the 2012, 2013, and 2017 MAC Championship teams all fell, as well as Buffalo’s 2018 group.
RESULTS ROUND TWO
Nobody won 100% of the votes in any matchup last week, and we also saw two lower-seeded teams win too. #7 2013 NIU took down #2 2012 NIU, and #5 2010 NIU beat #4 2013 BGSU.
The 2016 Broncos took down the 2018 Bulls, and the Battle of I-75 of the Century was won by 2015 BGSU over 2017 Toledo.
Now, the former MAC Championship winning teams from 2010, 2015, and 2016, and the runners up from 2013 are all in this bracket’s semifinal competition.
MARCH MACTION 2020: ROUND FOUR
PROGRAMMING NOTE: ROUND FOUR OF VOTING BEGINS NOW AND RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY AT MIDNIGHT. THE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS WILL BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY.
1 vs. 5: 2016 WMU Broncos (13-1, 8-0) vs. 2010 NIU Huskies (11-3, 8-0)
2016 WMU Broncos (13-1, 8-0)
MAC Champions (won 29-23 over Ohio)
All-MAC players (12): QB Zach Terrell, RB Jarvion Franklin, WR Corey Davis (Offensive Player of the Year), TE Donnie Ernsberger, OL Chukwuma Okorafor, OL John Keenoy, OL Taylor Moton, LB Asantay Brown, LB Robert Spillane, CB/KR/PR Darius Phillips (Special Teams Player of the Year), DB Keion Adams, DB Justin Ferguson
Coach of the Year: P.J. Fleck
More wins: 22-21 at Northwestern, 34-10 at Illinois, 49-31 vs. Georgia Southern, 55-35 vs. Toledo, 45-30 vs. NIU
Only loss: 24-16 vs. No. 8 Wisconsin (Cotton Bowl)
2010 NIU Huskies (11-3, 8-0)
MAC West Champions (lost 26-21 to Miami in Championship)
All-MAC players (13): QB Chandler Harnish, RB Chad Spann (Vern Smith Award, Offensive Player of the Year), WR Landon Cox, TE Jason Schepler, OL Scott Wedige, OL Trevor Olson, OL Joe Pawlak, DL Jake Coffman, DL Sean Progar, LB Devon Butler, LB Alex Kube, DB Chris Smith, KR Tommy Davis
Key wins: 34-23 at Minnesota, 65-30 vs. Toledo, 40-17 vs. Fresno State (Humanitarian Bowl), 31-17 vs. Temple, 28-21 at WMU
Losses: 27-10 at Iowa State, 28-22 at Illinois
3 vs. 7: 2015 BGSU Falcons (10-4, 7-1) vs. 2013 NIU Huskies (12-2, 8-0)
2015 BGSU Falcons (10-4, 7-1)
MAC Champions (won 34-14 over NIU)
All-MAC players (11): QB Matt Johnson (Vern Smith Award, Offensive Player of the Year), RB Travis Greene, WR Roger Lewis, WR Gehrig Dieter, WR Ronnie Moore, OL Alex Huettel, OL Jacob Bennett, LB Austin Valdez, LB Trent Greene, P Joe Davidson, PR Ryan Burbrink
Key wins: 48-27 at Maryland, 35-28 at Purdue, 41-27 at WMU, 62-38 vs. UMass, 48-0 at Kent State
Losses: 59-30 at No. 25 Tennessee, 44-41 vs. Memphis, 44-28 vs. Toledo, 58-27 vs. Georgia Southern (GoDaddy Bowl)
2013 NIU Huskies (12-2, 8-0)
MAC West Champions (lost 47-27 to BGSU in MAC Championship)
All-MAC players: QB Jordan Lynch (Vern Smith Award, Offensive Player of the Year), WR Da’Ron Brown, Tommylee Lewis, OL Tyler Loos, OL Jared Volk, DL Ken Bishop, DL Joe Windsor, LB Jamaal Bass, S Jimmie Ward, DB Dechane Durante
MAC Coach of the Year: Rod Carey
Key wins: 30-27 at Iowa, 55-24 at Purdue, 48-27 vs. Ball State, 35-17 at Toledo, 38-24 at Kent State
Other loss: 21-14 vs. Utah State (Poinsettia Bowl)