No. 9 Northen Illinois beat No. 8 Akron today in the first round of the MAC Tournament, 8-0, to end the Zips season.
If you want a silver lining, Tanya Gombera won the sportsmanship award.
Without yet playing a game in 2006, the Zips bowl chances have improved.
The NCAA approved four new bowls for next season, with a possible fifth. Two of these games could include MAC teams.
As VanDelaySports.com reported about a month ago, the Birmingham Bowl and International Bowl could have MAC representatives.