Tonight, Buffalo lost a home game to Ball State (busting up my hypotheses below). Miami, however, defended Millett Hall by beating Central Michigan.
Both results are good for Akron. This takes Buffalo down a game -- one the Bulls figured they'd easily win. It also reduces the likelihood of two MAC West teams earning first-round byes.
Buffalo has another tough test on Saturday, when the Bulls visit Northern Illinois. Central Michigan plays at Bowling Green. Kent State must hold serve at the M.A.C. Center against Western Michigan. Eastern Michigan plays at Miami. Of course, Toledo visits Rhodes Arena for a knuckle sandwich taste testing.