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Huskies, Rockets top Week 1 MAC power rankings

Alonzo Russell and the Rockets took care of New Hampshire.
Alonzo Russell and the Rockets took care of New Hampshire.
Courtesy of University of Toledo Media Relations

The 2014 college football season is finally underway. On the year's opening weekend, all 13 Mid-American Conference schools were in action. There were a fair amount of wins over FCS teams, the first conference game and unfortunately zero wins over FBS foes.

With a small sample size in the books, here are the first MAC power rankings of the season.

1. Northern Illinois (1-0): The Huskies showed why they are a preseason conference favorite, taking care of lowly Presbyterian. Up next is a much tougher test in Northwestern.

2. Toledo (1-0): The Rockets trailed New Hampshire 7-3 after the first quarter. Toledo's offense took over in the second quarter, winning a laugher over UNH.

3. Akron (1-0): It wasn't that long ago that FCS games were a challenge for the Zips. Not these days. Terry Bowden has his team firing on all cylinders.

4. Ball State (1-0): It's going to be tough competing in a stacked MAC West. Against Colgate though, the Cardinals looked like contenders.

5. Ohio (1-0): Josiah Yazdani's last-second kick gave the Bobcats the first MAC win of 2014. Remember this road win in November, because it could have title implications.

6. Bowling Green (0-1): The Falcons were a preseason media darling in the MAC. They were anything but cute in a 59-31 drubbing to Western Kentucky.

7. Kent State (0-1): The Golden Flashes never led against Ohio, but held their own for four quarters. If Kent State wants to get into the top half of these rankings, those are games they'll need to turn into wins.

8. Miami (0-1): Miami found itself trailing Marshall 28-3 at halftime, but rallied back to make the final score respectable, falling 42-27. If the RedHawks can overcome their early jitters, they could be in for a decent season.

9. Central Michigan (1-0): The Chippewas were anything but convincing in a 20-16 win over Tennessee-Chattanooga. Central Michigan has been down this road before though, and always seems to find a way to get to .500.

10. Buffalo (1-0): Joe Licata had a big night, throwing for three touchdowns to save Buffalo from an embarrassing loss to Duquesne. Like CMU, the Bulls need to find a way to build off of a lackluster opener.

11. Western Michigan (0-1): The Broncos had moments where they looked great against Purdue, and they might have found their running back of the future in Jarvion Franklin. The stat stands out though is that WMU lost its 10th straight opener.

12. Eastern Michigan (1-0): The Eagles have been getting mocked this weekend after failing to knock down a cinder block wall during introductions. Gimmicky entrances aside, EMU needs to worry more about another poor showing against an FCS team, lucking into a 31-28 win over Morgan State.

13. UMass (0-1): The Minutemen held Boston College scoreless into the second quarter and scored a touchdown of their own. In reality, this is a team killing time until it returns to FCS.

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