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The highest-graded players from the MAC Championship

Nov 30, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Northern Illinois Huskies defensive end Sutton Smith (15) reacts after making a tackle during the second half against the Buffalo Bulls at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

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[Editor's Note: While we grade every player on every game, to qualify for an overall game grade for this recap's purpose, a player must have played at least 20 snaps to be considered a full-time contributor to the game.]

Top 5 overall

Spencer Tears, Northern Illinois WR – 82.0 overall grade
Sutton Smith, Northern Illinois Edge – 81.5 overall grade
Anthony Johnson, Buffalo WR – 80.5 overall grade
Taylor Riggins, Buffalo Edge – 79.7 overall grade
Khalil Hodge, Buffalo LB – 79.1 overall grade

Northern Illinois offense

Spencer Tears, WR – 82.0 overall grade
Max Scharping, OT – 76.6 overall grade
Marcus Childers, QB – 74.1 overall grade
Ty Harmston, TE – 73.9 overall grade
D.J. Brown, WR – 68.6 overall grade

Northern Illinois defense

Sutton Smith, Edge – 81.5 overall grade
Quintin Wynne, Edge – 76.1 overall grade
Kyle Pugh, LB – 75.3 overall grade
Lance Deveaux Jr., LB – 67.3 overall grade
Jalen Embry, CB – 67.2 overall grade

Buffalo offense

Anthony Johnson, WR – 80.5 overall grade
Paul Nosworthy, OG – 70.7 overall grade
Tyree Jackson, QB – 69.4 overall grade
K.J. Osborn, WR – 66.1 overall grade
Kevin Marks, RB – 64.0 overall grade

Buffalo defense

Taylor Riggins, Edge – 79.7 overall grade
Khalil Hodge, LB – 79.1 overall grade
Myles Nicholas, Edge – 75.0 overall grade
James Patterson, LB – 73.0 overall grade
Kadofi Wright, LB – 68.4 overall grade

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