The Mid-American Conference has ties to six bowl games and has seven bowl-eligible teams.

West Division leaders Toledo (9-1, 6-1) and Northern Illinois (8-3, 6-1) and East Division leader Bowling Green (8-3, 6-1) will almost certainly receive the first three bids.

The University of Akron (6-5, 4-3), Ohio (7-4, 4-3), Central Michigan (6-5, 5-2) and Western Michigan (6-5, 5-2) are also eligible with one game to play.

Central Michigan is likely to land one of the spots if it beats Eastern Michigan (1-10, 0-7).

WMU would likely land a spot with a win over Toledo.

Ohio would likely land a spot with a win over Northern Illinois.

If CMU, WMU or Ohio loses and UA defeats Kent State, the Zips would have a chance to grab the final bowl bid.

An Ohio loss and a UA win would give the Zips and Bobcats the same overall record. The Zips would have the better MAC record but Ohio won the head-to-head battle.

A WMU loss and a UA win would leave the Zips with the better overall record and the same MAC record. The teams did not play on the field but the Zips lost to all of the bowl-eligible teams they played and the Broncos have two wins over bowl-eligible teams.

A CMU loss and a UA win would leave the Zips with the better overall record and the same MAC record but the Chippewas won the head-to-head battle with the Zips.

Those are the scenarios the bowls will have to consider before deciding which teams to invite.

Staff report