Nothing's official yet, but Ohio will attend the GMAC Bowl and Central Michigan is headed to the Motor City Bowl -- regardless of the MAC Championship's outcome.
As for Akron's hopes, here's the scoop. The new NCAA policy states that bowl with an at-large bid may not overlook a 7-5 (or better) team to take a 6-6 team. The rule is supposed to protect mid-majors from getting screwed.
However, the International Bowl has a MAC bid, not an at-large bid. Therefore, the bowl is allowed to overlook, say, a 7-5 Western Michigan team and instead invite Akron, who likely will bring more fans.
Will this happen? Probably not. The teams' records is important. You might also throw Kent State and Northern Illinois into the frey. Both teams also could move to 7-5 with wins against inferior opponents this weekend.
My main point is this: Friday's game could, COULD, mean something.