The Mid American Conference will head into its championship weekend at Bowling Green Saturday, with four teams playing two games over the two days.
Last year a slow start and some close losses doomed the University of Cincinnati to also-ran status, but things are just a shade different this year, and that small difference is actually pretty big.
In writing about the Chesapeake Conference, where there seemed to be an inordinate number of close games, we decided to see if our impressions were correct.
So we looked at the stats in Men's DI College rugby. We looked at which conferences had the most close losses (7 points or less) and also who had the most, what we'll call "competitive losses," which means losses of 14 or less.
Bowling Green hooker Phil Bryant is our Player Spotlight this week after he helped spark a 47-14 win over Western Michigan.
Bowling Green may have won the MAC playoffs last year, but they still remember being beaten by Western Michigan in the regular season.
That game was in the backs of the minds of the BGSU players this past weekend as the Falcons took on the Broncos in yet another meeting. Both teams were undefeated, of course, and so this game had plenty of meaning.