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MAC Championship Game History

 
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The Mid-America Conference championship is the second-longest running league title game after the SEC (the Big 12 ended its championship after 2010). This league's contest has taken place at Ford Field in Detroit since 2003, as the game was previously played at the school with the best record (1997-2002). The winners of the Eastern and Western divisions of the MAC meet in the title game, as Northern Illinois has played in the championship each of the last five years.

Four different teams captured the MAC championship from 2014-17 as Toledo held off Akron in 2017 at Ford Field for its first conference title since 2004. However, Northern Illinois was back on top in 2018, edging a 10-win Buffalo team with a 30-29 comeback victory. NIU now has the most MAC title game victories (four) among active members. They were able to erase a 22-10 halftime deficit to stun the Bulls in the end.

Marshall participated in the first six MAC title games (including five at home), winning five times before exiting the conference to head to Conference USA. Central Michigan and Toledo currently own the second-most MAC titles for active league members with three, while Miami (Ohio) has claimed two conference championships.


MAC Championship History
Year Location Matchup Line Score ATS Result
2019 Detroit, MI Central Michigan-Miami (Ohio) Central Michigan -5.5 (56) Miami (Ohio) 26-21 Underdog-Under
2018 Detroit, MI Buffalo-Northern Illinois Buffalo -3 (51.5) Northern Illinois 30-29 Underdog-Over
2017 Detroit, MI Akron-Toledo Toledo -20.5 (60.5) Toledo 45-28 Underdog-Over
2016 Detroit, MI Western Michigan-Ohio Western Michigan -16.5 (58) Western Michigan 29-23 Underdog-Under
2015 Detroit, MI Northern Illinois-Bowling Green Bowling Green -14 (69) Bowling Green 34-14 Favorite-Under
2014 Detroit, MI Northern Illinois-Bowling Green Northern Illinois -5 (64) Northern Illinois 51-17 Favorite-Over
2013 Detroit, MI Northern Illinois-Bowling Green Northern Illinois -3 (58) Bowling Green 47-27 Underdog-Over
2012 Detroit, MI Northern Illinois-Kent State Northern Illinois -5 (60) Northern Illinois 44-37 (2OT) Favorite-Over
2011 Detroit, MI Northern Illinois-Ohio Northern Illinois -3.5 (71) Northern Illinois 23-20 Underdog-Under
2010 Detroit, MI Northern Illinois-Miami (Ohio) Northern Illinois -18.5 (55) Miami (Ohio) 26-21 Underdog-Under
2009 Detroit, MI Ohio-Central Michigan Central Michigan -14 (55.5) Central Michigan 20-10 Underdog-Under
2008 Detroit, MI Ball State-Buffalo Ball State -15 (63.5) Buffalo 42-24 Underdog-Over
2007 Detroit, MI Central Michigan-Miami (Ohio) Central Michigan -3 (63.5) Central Michigan 35-10 Favorite-Under
2006 Detroit, MI Ohio-Central Michigan Central Michigan -3 (47) Central Michigan 31-10 Favorite-Under
2005 Detroit, MI Akron-Northern Illinois Northern Illinois -13 (54) Akron 31-30 Underdog-Over
2004 Detroit, MI Toledo-Miami (Ohio) Miami (Ohio) -1 (65) Toledo 35-27 Underdog-Under
2003 Detroit, MI Bowling Green-Miami (Ohio) Miami (Ohio) -7 (57) Miami (Ohio) 49-27 Favorite-Over
2002 Huntington, WV Marshall-Toledo Marshall -3.5 (62.5) Marshall 49-45 Favorite-Over
2001 Toledo, OH Toledo-Marshall Marshall -3 (62.5) Toledo 41-36 Underdog-Over
2000 Huntington, WV Marshall-Western Michigan Western Michigan -6.5 (52) Marshall 19-14 Underdog-Under
1999 Huntington, WV Marshall-Western Michigan Marshall -20.5 (57) Marshall 34-30 Underdog-Over
1998 Huntington, WV Marshall-Toledo Marshall -12 (49) Marshall 23-17 Underdog-Under
1997 Huntington, WV Marshall-Toledo Marshall -1 (53) Marshall 34-14 Favorite-Under
  
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