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MAC West power rankings: Toledo in driver's seat

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The MAC West race could come down to Toledo and Northern Illinois.

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The Mid-American Conference West division race is heating up. With two games left Toledo is in the driver’s seat with Northern Illinois in close pursuit. Central Michigan and Western Michigan are looking to get back in the mix but would need a lot of help from UT and NIU. Here are the current MAC West rankings:

1) Toledo (Last week: 1) – The Rockets suffered their first conference loss in a 38-10 setback at Ohio. However, they are still tied with Northern Illinois for the MAC West lead heading into tonight’s game against rival Bowling Green. If Toledo wins out, then they will go to MAC title game.

2) Northern Illinois (Last week: 2) – The Huskies need some help from Toledo to reach the MAC title game. They have a big home matchup today against Western Michigan after routing Ball State 63-17 last week.

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3) Central Michigan (Last week: 3) – The Chippewas are at 5-2 in the conference after defeating Kent State 42-23 last night. CMU hosts Northern Illinois next Friday in a key MAC West matchup.

4) Western Michigan (Last week: 4) – The Broncos beat Kent State 48-20 last week and have a big game against Northern Illinois tonight. At 4-2 WMU would need a lot of help to get back to the MAC title game.

5) Eastern Michigan (Last week: 5) – The Eagles lost 42-30 to Central Michigan last week and are a disappointing 1-5 in the MAC. They travel to Miami today to take on the Redhawks.

6) Ball State (Last week: 6) – The Cardinals were crushed 63-17 by Northern Illinois last week and look to rebound with their first conference win when they face Buffalo tomorrow.

Contact Brian Buckey at bbuckey@theblade.com419-724-6110, or on Twitter @BrianBuckey.

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