Chippewas Among Three Michigan MAC Teams In Bowl Games

MT. PLEASANT – For the first time ever, all three Michigan teams in the Mid-American Conference will be playing in a bowl game this year.

Central Michigan will be the first of the three MAC Michigan teams to play in a bowl this season, taking on Tulsa on Monday in the Miami Beach Bowl.

Eastern Michigan will end its 29-year bowl drought when the Eagles play in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl this season, and Western Michigan carries its undefeated record into the Cotton Bowl. The Chippewas will be playing in their third straight bowl.

The last and only time Eastern Michigan made a bowl game was in 1987. They topped the MAC with a 10-2 record and were the only team in the conference to make a bowl game. That same year, Western Michigan went 5-6, while Central Michigan went 5-5-1. 

All three teams will play in a bowl this year, with many of their young, talented players coming from Michigan.

“I think it says a lot about the Mid-American Conference, and it says a lot about the quality of high school football in the state,” Central Michigan head coach John Bonamego said. “Again, I think our conference is a very good one. It’s highly competitive. You’ve got great athletes and outstanding coaching. I just think it’s great that all the Michigan MAC Teams have made it to a bowl.”

Central Michigan kicks off against Tulsa at 2:30 p.m. on Monday.