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What if...

By mrasor Published: March 20, 2006


... college football had a 64-team tournament. says Akron would've gotten a 13 seed. Alabama would beat them in the first round.

  • No. 14 Northern Illinois lost to Auburn.

  • Bowling Green, Miami and Toledo also participated as 15 seeds, losing to Notre Dame, Oregon and Miami-Fla., respectively.

  • No. 16 seeds Western Michigan and Central Michigan lost to Ohio State and Penn State, respectively.

That would be quite an accomplishment if the MAC could land seven teams in the postseason.

Football/Men's basketball also gave out awards for the schools with the best men's basketball and football combinations. Akron was No. 36 in that list, above all other MAC schools. Miami was second in the MAC at No. 48 overall. Northern Illinois (68), Toledo (72), Kent State (79), Ohio (83), Temple (86), Buffalo (96) and Bowling Green (100) round out the top 100.

Seeing how college sports basically comes down to those two sports for most people, being No. 36 is quite an accomplishment. Five years ago, I would be shocked if Akron broke the top 100. Now the Zips are above a majority of the big-conference schools.

Men's basketball

I just got off the phone with coach Keith Dambrot. We talked about this year's recruits. That will be my column tomorrow. I'll post it on the blog tonight as soon as I can.

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