MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State football beat Buffalo 20-3 on Tuesday to qualify for the cup.
But after a wild college football weekend, there are now 83 teams eligible to play, or teams with 6-6 or more successes, only 82 cups. This means that no team will be invited to the cup this season.
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Some national media are predicting that Ball State (6-6) will play bowling: Sports Illustrated Cardinals are scheduled to play in the Guaranteed Exchange Cup against Texas Tech (December 28 at 10:15 p.m.); College Football News Boca Raton Ball with the Appalachian State (December 18 at 11 a.m.); ESPN will play Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) or Georgia in the Camellia Bowl with Ball State (Dec. 25 at 2:30 p.m.); USA Today plays Ball State Old Dominion in the Cure Bowl (Dec. 17 at 6 p.m.); and Bowl Season will play Ball State with Wyoming in the Frisco Bowl (Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m.).
Other national media outlets, such as Athletic, Athlon, CBS Sports and Pro Football Network, predict that the Cardinals will be the only team not to receive a cup offer.
Historically, Central American conference teams have often been the first to reject five groups. Here is a list of teams that have not received a cup vote since 2010.
2019: Toledo (6-6 MAC)
2018: Louisiana-Monroe (6-6 solar zone), Miami (6-6 MAC), Miss South (6-5 C-USA), Wyoming (6-6 MWC)
2017: Buffalo (6-6 MAC), UTSA (6-6 C-USA) and Western Michigan (6-6 MAC)
2014: Middle Tennessee (6-6 C-USA), Ohio (6-6 MAC), Temple (6-6 AAC), Texas (7-5 Sun Zone), UAB (6-6 C-USA) )
2013: Central Michigan (6-6 MAC), Florida Atlantic (6-6 C-USA), Louisiana-Monroe (6-6 MWC), San Jose (6-6 MWC), South Alabama (6-6 MAC) ). Region), Texas (6-6 solar zones), Toledo (7-5 MAC), Troy (6-6 solar zones) and Western Kentucky (8-4 solar zones)
2012: Louisiana Tech (9-3 WAC) and Middle Tennessee (8-4 Solar Zone)
2011: Ball States (6-6 MAC) and West Kentucky (7-5 MAC)
2010: Temple (8-4 MAC) and West Michigan (6-6 MAC)
Of the 28 teams that have not received a cup vote since 2010, 10 are from the MRC. In all seasons except one season, there were more teams eligible to participate in the cup, but at least one MAC team did not receive an invitation to the cup.
Looking at MAC’s final rankings, this trend doesn’t look good on a bubble team like Ball State.
There are eight teams eligible to participate in the MAC: Ball State (6-6), Central Michigan (8-4), East Michigan (7-5), East Champion Kent State (7-5), Miami (6-) 6) , Western champions Northern Illinois (8-4), Toledo (7-5), Western Michigan (7-5). Only Ball State and Miami have .500 records.
The MAC is associated with six bowls: the Bahamas Bowl (Conference vs. USA), Camellia Bowl (compared to the American or Solar Zone), the famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Mountain West), the LandingTri Bowl (vs. the Sun Belt), and the Arizona Bowl. (Vs. Mountain West) and Quick Lane Bowl (vs. Big Ten).
MAC teams can also land in one of the following five cups, depending on the decision of the five group meetings: Cure Bowl (Group Five or vs. Army), Myrtle Beach Bowl (vs. America / Solar Zone), Next Mexico Bowl (Group Five vs.), Boca Raton Bowl ( Five Groups or Against the Army) and Frisco Bowl (Five Groups).
The Bahamas Ball Toledo (7-5) and Middle Tennessee (6-6) received invitations on Sunday, so it’s already off the table.
The rest of the cups will be known by December 5, 2021, after the conference championships this weekend. Ball State can already accept cup bids, and cup-eligible teams can opt out of the post-season game.