MAC Dogs Don't Bite

by ASA, Inc.

With College Football Bowl Season in full swing, it gives us games on every day of the week to gamble on. Even if you are not very familiar with the teams or players from some of the smaller schools, it still provides entertainment as well as money to be won. One conference in particular has been beaten up consistently when the calendar hits December. The MAC has proved to be a solid conference to fade over the past years.
The MAC conference boasts a lifetime record of 45-77 (37%) in its bowl games. A shockingly low win percentage like that puts the MAC in the conversation of one of the worst conferences in FBS college football. It is hard to say if either they are outmatched by other FBS schools, or the MAC just plays terrible football during bowl season. Since 2004, the MAC has only had a winning record as a conference during bowl season two times. 
The last 59 bowl games that MAC teams have been underdogs have gone 20-37-2 against the spread. Additionally, they are 9-50 straight up in those games. This really shows how much MAC teams have struggled and yet the odds makers don’t seem to give MAC teams enough points year after year. 2021 has been no different as the conference is already 1-4 in bowl games and 2-3 ATS. 
Eight of the 12 teams in the conference qualified for bowl games, with 3 yet to play over the holidays. However, the more bowl games they play, the more they seem to lose. Northern Illinois won the conference but it was a very close season across the board. Looking at the last 3 MAC bowls in the coming days, it is risky to think any will cover. Western Michigan (-6.5) is the only team favored of the 3, but history is not on their side. 

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