MAC Football Tiebreaker

Updated 8/6/2007

Divisional Champions

The divisional championship shall be decided on conference winning percentage. If two or more teams are tied for the championship, they shall be considered divisional co-champions. The following tie-breaking formula shall be used to determine which team will represent that division in the MAC Championship game:


1. Head-to-head competition

a. In the event of a multiple-team (two or more teams) tie, the team with the best head-to-head record amongst the tied teams wins the tie-breaker;


b. In a two-team tie, head-to-head competition will be the first criteria;


c. If two teams did not play, the second criteria is used to break the tie;


            2. Record of tied teams within the division [versus rank order, highest to lowest, of division teams]

                        a. The above tie-breaker procedure is used to determine rank order in the division;


b. Team(s) eliminated in the second tie-breaker criterion are not included in further consideration in the tie- breaking formula;


c. Head-to-head competition is again used to break the tie between the remaining tied  teams.


            3. Comparison of conference winning percentage of cross-over opponents of tied teams;

a. Tie-breaker is awarded to the team whose cross-division opponents had the best cumulative conference winning percentage;


                        b. Head-to-head competition is used to break the tie between the two tied teams.


            4. If multiple teams remain tied, the final tie-breaker is as follows:

                        a. Record of tied teams versus cross-division opponents in rank order;


                        b. Head-to-head competition is used to break the tie between the two tied teams.