History of the Mid-American Conference:Established in 1946 the MAC only started out with 5 schools; Butler University, Ohio University, The University of Cincinnati, Wayne State University, and Western Reserve University. Since then the Conference has been through numerous additions and subtractions but one thing has stayed the same, excellence in the classroom. Out of all the conferences the MAC has the highest graduation rates in the nation. In regards to football the conference has deemed the nickname "Conference of Quarterbacks" due to the accomplishments of former players in the NFL. Charlie Frye (Akron), Charlie Batch (Eastern Michigan), Ben Rothlisberger (Miami), Bryon Leftwinch and Chad Pennington (Marshall) are the big names that come to mind. All together this mid-major conference provides athletes a great education and the steps to being successful on and off the field. Meeting the Teams:EAST DIVISION:Akron University- Coach Ghost: Akron was founded in 1870 in Akron, Ohio. With the school's enrollment being at 29,251 makes them the biggest in the conference. They participate in 18 sports and have only won one conference football championship back in 2005. Their nickname is the Zips, the mascot is one of eight female ones named Zippy, and they got their name from the invention called the zipper. Rival: Kent State University. Bowling Green State University (CPU): Bowling Green State was founded in 1910 in Bowling Green Ohio. They have an enrollment of 18,756 students which makes them the smallest school in the conference. They are one of thirteen schools that provide Division I-A football, men's and women's basketball, and hockey. The Falcon's have a heated rivalry against the Toledo Rockets in which they battle for an American Indian Peace Pipe. The historic football game is called the Battle of I-75. The mascot is Freddie and Frieda Falcon.University at Buffalo (CPU): Buffalo was founded in Buffalo, New York in 1846. The school is a public research university in the State of New York University system. It holds the second largest enrollment in the MAC. They were originally known as the Royals but everyone thought the name was to prissy so they changed it to a more masculine name, The Bulls. In 1958 their was controversy with the football team. Buffalo was aligned to play Florida State University in the Tangerine Bowl only if Mike Wilson and Willie Evans, who were black, did not play. The team stood behind their players and refused the bowl offer. Mascot: Victor E. Bull; Rival: Temple Owls.Kent State University- Coach stiff bon air: Kent State was established in 1910 in Kent, Ohio. They were originally known as the Silver Foxes but changed due to the Golden Flashes hoping to bring better luck and it turned out that, that didn't help either. The program started out with a 0-13-1 record. During the losing streak they would lose 118-0 to Baldwin-Wallace College and 82-0 to Slippery Rock. Five years after the program started they would finally get their first true win against West Liberty State College 7-6. Mascot: Flash the Golden Eagle; Unofficial Mascot: the Black Squirrel; Rival: AkronMiami University of Ohio- Coach sawemoff: Established in 1809, Miami University was built by an Act of Congress signed by President George Washington. Miami has a rich football history and is known as the "Cradle of Coaches." Two time Superbowl winner Ben Rothlisberger played his collegiate career here and led them to an undefeated season in 2003. Every year since 1888 the Redhawks have faced off with the Cincinnati Bearcats for the Victory Bell. Nickname: Redhawks; Mascot: Swoop the Redhawk; Rival: Cincinnati.Ohio University- Coach PK55: In 1804 Ohio University was founded in Athens, Ohio. The school is the ninth oldest school in United States history and was the first one established in the Northwest Territory. Even with an overall record of 485-503-48 the Bobcats have been able to produce five MAC Championships and six Buckeye Athletic Association Championships. The mascot was named Rufus after a popular vote by the students, but it also goes hand in hand with the Bobcats scientific name Lynx rufus and with the name of an original trustee, Rufus Putnman. Mascot: Rufus the Bobcat; Rival: Miami University.Temple University- Coach fuzzyl0gic: In 1884 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the Temple Owls were born. Before joining the MAC in 2007, the Big East Conference kicked them out due to poor attendance averages, non-competitiveness, and lack of commitment to their football program. During their stand in the MAC they only had two winning seasons before Al Golden took off to Thug U. The impressive showing in the MAC Conference, lol, somehow impressed the Big East Conference to extend another invitation to join them. They accepted and will begin to play in the Big East in 2013. Mascot: Hooter T. Owl; Rival: Villanova. WEST DIVISION:Ball State University- Caoch BPHusker: Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana and was founded in 1918. Ball State is the youngest universities in the MAC Conference. With five MAC Championships under their belt they are lead to victory behind the wings of Charlie Cardinal and the booties of the Code Red Dance Team. The Cardinals lead the rivalry series against Northern Illinois 20-16-2. Just recently they started playing for the Bronze Stalk Trophy where Ball State has only won it once in its entirety. Mascot: Charlie Cardinal; Rival: Northern Illinois.Central Michigan University (CPU): Mount Pleasant, Michigan resides the location of the Chippewas. Founded in 1892, Central Michigan holds the third largest enrollment in the conference. They had dominated the conference in the past decade winning the MAC in 2006, 2007, and 2009. Their nickname came from a local tribe nearby called the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. In 2005 the school was added to the list of "hostile and abusive" nicknames but were able to keep the name after the support from the local tribe. Every year the Cannon Trophy is up for grabs as the Chippewas and the Western Michigan Broncos go head to head. This also usually decides the winner of the Michigan MAC Trophy. Mascot: Does not have one; Rival: Western Michigan.Eastern Michigan University (CPU): Eastern Michigan is located in Ypsilanti, Michigan and was founded in 1849. Traditionally the Eagles have struggled in football but have the most MAC Championships, 29, in men's swimming and diving. Even with their horrible football play they have managed to win one MAC title in 1987. Before they were named the Eagles Eastern Michigan held the name Hurons. With that Indian name came controversy forcing them to change their name and logo to the Eagles in 1991. Mascot: Swoop the Eagle; Rival: Central/Western Michigan.Northern Illinois University- Coach Kasper: DeKalb, Illinois is where you can catch the Huskies play. The University was founded in 1895 and houses 25,313 students. The big bad Huskies started out their dominance beating DeKalb HIGH SCHOOL in their very first game. Northern Illinois has won one National Title in its existence and only two MAC Championships. During the first part of the 1930's they were called Evansmen and after people started laughing at them they changed it to the Huskie in 1940. Mascot: Victor E. Huskie; Rival: Ball State.Toledo University- Coach Kapono: Toledo was founded in 1872 and is located in Toledo, Ohio. Toledo holds the second longest winning streak in D-IA football with 35 victories spanning from 1969-1971. They also have won nine MAC Championships including three in a row during the winning streak. To get the team fired up at all sporting events they have the Blue Crew aka spirit crew. The Rockets and Bowling Green State have a fierce rivalry in which both teams play for a Peace Pipe. Mascot: Rocky the Rocket and Rocksy the Rocket; Rival: Bowling Green State.Western Michigan University- Coach Philstyle3005: Western Michigan plays it football in Kalamazoo, Michigan and was founded in 1903. During the early years the Broncos dominated the scene and went undefeated six times and compiled a record of 187-87-12 in that time. Once joining the MAC in 1948 the program went downhill only placing second or higher four times in 39 years. They would not see a MAC title, which was shared with Miami, until 1966. During the 1987-1996 years the team dubbed them as the "Golden Years." In that time span they would finally get above .500 record wise and go into the mids 90s with a lot of momentum. From then until now the Broncos have stayed steady with only two division titles. Mascot: Buster the Bronco; Rival: Central Michigan. Here you go guys, a breakdown of our newly founded conference. Good luck and let the games begin! IrishBearcat let me know what team you pick so I can edit this, thanks.