MAC Conference: Don’t Count On Central Michigan In March
Central Michigan won’t be the class of the MAC Conference at any point this season. With Conference play upon us, the Chips will be playing catch up to the rest of the West Division. And while the records might not indicate a major disadvantage, it’s the play of other West teams that should have them concerned.
The MAC West is full of possible contenders for the MAC title. Unfortunately, Central Michigan isn’t one. While they aren’t out of it by any means, the Chips aren’t going to beat the likes of Toledo or Ball State in the West, nor Bowling Green, Kent, or Buffalo in the East.
There’s no reason why the Chips couldn’t win a MAC title. It’s just not going to happen when you’re barely getting by against the likes of Southern Utah, and Tennesse Tech. Central Michigan did try and beef up their non-conference schedule by adding Michigan but the results were catastrophic.
Central Michigan has the 135th ranked RPI. But they fare very poorly in the Strength of Schedule category at 325, the worst in the MAC. They haven’t had a signature victory all season. The record shouldn’t indicate the performance.
There’s just no way the Chips can compete with the higher-up teams of the MAC. Once they get into the heart of Conference play, against the likes of Ball State and Toledo, they’ll find it difficult to match up. EMU has three 17+ points per game scorers, we’ve seen what Ball State can do, and Toledo has been tested against some strong teams.
Central Michigan has gotten by with a pancake non-conference schedule. They will struggle against the top-tier competition in the MAC. There’s not much to get excited about for CMU. And while they lead the MAC West with a 10-2 record, it’s not going to last long in Conference play.