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MAC Football Championship Game

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The MAC Football Championship Game is a football game between the winners of the East and West divisions of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) to determine the conference champion. The game has been played since 1997, when the conference was first divided into divisions and since 2003 has been sponsored by Marathon Petroleum (officially known as the Marathon MAC Football Championship Game). The winner of the game is guaranteed a berth in a bowl game which the MAC has contractual obligations to field a team. Unlike the MAC's Group of Five contemporaries, which hold their respective championship games on campus sites, the MAC Championship Game is held at a neutral site, Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan since 2004.

Marathon MAC Football
Championship Game
Conference Football Championship
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SportCollege football
ConferenceMid-American Conference
Current stadiumFord Field
Current locationDetroit, Michigan
Played1997–present
Last contest2018
Current championNIU Huskies
Most championshipsMarshall Thundering Herd (5)
TV partner(s)ESPN2
Official websiteMAC-Sports.com football
Sponsors
Marathon Petroleum (2003–present)
Host stadiums
Marshall University Stadium (1997–2000, 2002)
Glass Bowl (2001)
Doyt Perry Stadium (2003)
Ford Field (2004–present)
Host locations
Huntington, West Virginia (1997–2000, 2002)
Toledo, Ohio (2001)
Bowling Green, Ohio (2003)
Detroit, Michigan (2004–present)

In 2000, 2001, and 2007, due to an unbalanced conference schedule, the team with best division record within each division was awarded that division's championship game berth. In other years, the teams with the best overall conference records received a berth.

The game is held on the first Saturday in December, on the same weekend that other NCAA Division I FBS conferences hold their championship games.

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Results by yearEdit

Below are the results from all MAC Football Championship Games played. The winning team appears in bold font, on a background of their primary team color. Rankings are from the AP Poll released prior to the game.

From 1997 through 2003, the championship game was played at campus sites. Since 2004, the game has been played at Ford Field in Detroit.

Year East West Site Attendance
1997 Marshall Thundering Herd 34 Toledo Rockets 14 Marshall University StadiumHuntington, WV 28,021
1998 Marshall Thundering Herd 23 Toledo Rockets 17 28,085
1999 11 Marshall Thundering Herd 34 Western Michigan Broncos 30 28,069
2000 Marshall Thundering Herd 19 Western Michigan Broncos 14 24,816
2001 20 Marshall Thundering Herd 36 Toledo Rockets 41 Glass BowlToledo, OH 20,025
2002 24 Marshall Thundering Herd 49 Toledo Rockets 45 Marshall University Stadium • Huntington, WV 24,582
2003 13 Miami RedHawks 49 20 Bowling Green Falcons 27 Doyt Perry StadiumBowling Green, OH 24,813
2004 Miami RedHawks 27 Toledo Rockets 35 Ford FieldDetroit, MI 22,138
2005 Akron Zips 31 Northern Illinois Huskies 30 12,051
2006 Ohio Bobcats 10 Central Michigan Chippewas 31 25,483
2007 Miami RedHawks 10 Central Michigan Chippewas 35 25,013
2008 Buffalo Bulls 42 12 Ball State Cardinals 24 12,871
2009 Ohio Bobcats 10 Central Michigan Chippewas 20 23,714
2010 Miami RedHawks 26 24 Northern Illinois Huskies 21 12,031
2011 Ohio Bobcats 20 Northern Illinois Huskies 23 13,052
2012 18 Kent State Golden Flashes 37 19 Northern Illinois Huskies 442OT 18,132
2013 Bowling Green Falcons 47 16 Northern Illinois Huskies 27 21,106
2014 Bowling Green Falcons 17 Northern Illinois Huskies 51 15,110
2015 Bowling Green Falcons 34 Northern Illinois Huskies 14 16,425
2016 Ohio Bobcats 23 13 Western Michigan Broncos 29 45,615
2017 Akron Zips 28 Toledo Rockets 45 16,225
2018 Buffalo Bulls 29 Northern Illinois Huskies 30 10,255

Results by teamEdit

Appearances School Wins Losses Win % Year(s) Won Year(s) Lost
8 Northern Illinois 4 4 .500 2011, 2012, 2014, 2018 2005, 2010, 2013, 2015
6 Marshall 5 1 .833 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002 2001
6 Toledo 3 3 .500 2001, 2004, 2017 1997, 1998, 2002
4 Miami 2 2 .500 2003, 2010 2004, 2007
4 Bowling Green 2 2 .500 2013, 2015 2003, 2014
4 Ohio 0 4 .000   2006, 2009, 2011, 2016
3 Central Michigan 3 0 1.000 2006, 2007, 2009  


3 Western Michigan 1 2 .333 2016 1999, 2000
2 Akron 1 1 .500 2005 2017
2 Buffalo 1 1 .500 2008 2018
1 Kent State 0 1 .000   2012
1 Ball State 0 1 .000   2008

Eastern Michigan is the only team currently in the conference to have not attended a Championship Game. Marshall is the only Championship Game Winner to not be a current member of the MAC.

MVPsEdit

Year MVP(s) Team Position
1997 Randy Moss Marshall WR
1998 Chad Pennington Marshall QB
1999 Chad Pennington Marshall QB
2000 Byron Leftwich Marshall QB
2001 Chester Taylor Toledo RB
2002 Byron Leftwich Marshall QB
2003 Ben Roethlisberger Miami QB
2004 Bruce Gradkowski Toledo QB
2005 Luke Getsy Akron QB
2006 Damien Linson Central Michigan WR
2007 Dan LeFevour Central Michigan QB
2008 Mike Newton Buffalo DB
2009 Dan LeFevour Central Michigan QB
2010 Thomas Merriweather Miami RB
2011 Nathan Palmer Northern Illinois WR
2012 Jordan Lynch Northern Illinois QB
2013 Matt Johnson Bowling Green QB
2014 Drew Hare Northern Illinois QB
2015 Travis Greene Bowling Green RB
2016 Corey Davis Western Michigan WR

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