#9 MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE
Well the MAC is back to 12 teams, and I can’t say anyone is missing UMass who had a less than stellar run as a member. The long term members are probably happy to be back with more regular meetings between those in the other division. This year looks to again feature a wild 4 way race in the West, and another East title for Frank Solich’s Ohio team.
- Western Michigan – Broncos – 10-2 / 7-1: The Broncos have been close the last two year, and this year they will finally return to championship form. They have a great shot at getting a win in Champaign in September, then breaking it out after a final Friday game with Toledo that will tell the difference between a trip to the CCG or again falling a game short.
- Toledo – Rockets – 9-3 / 7-1: The Rockets are going to be on a trip to that collision in Kalamazoo on Nov. 25th. They will have one shot at the headlines with a trip to Provo on Sept 30th.
- Northern Illinois – Huskies – 8-4 / 6-2: The Huskies are still in reload mode, but they are a step below their great run in 2011-14. They have a shot, but will probably fall short of the division title.
- Central Michigan – Chippewas – 9-3 / 6-2: CMU is on the build, but with trips to Oklahoma State, Northern Illinois, and Toledo on the schedule they will lose a few games this year. It will also be likely they finish a game out of the division lead.
- Ball State – Cardinals – 3-9 / 2-6: The cardinals are in a down swing, and this is not the year they get it turned around. The talent is coming back, but they’re stuck behind the four best teams in the league.
- Eastern Michigan – Eagles – 2-10 / 0-8: EMU will do what they do best; lose. The school seriously considered giving it up, but were forced to continue. They may be looking like they did give it up.
MAC – East
- Ohio – Bobcats – 8-4 / 5-3: The Bobcats look to pull off another MAC-East title, and again lose to the MAC-West champ in the CCG. Just continued solid play, and getting Bowling Green in Athens will put them in the title game.
- Bowling Green – Falcons – 7-5 / 5-3: The Falcons will be flying but not nearly as high as they did last year. The trip to Ohio will clip their wings, and keep them in 2nd
- Buffalo – Bulls – 5-7 / 3-5: The Bulls will again have largely forgettable season, but at least with 5 wins they won’t be wishing they could forget it.
- Miami – Redhawks – 4-8 / 3-5: It’s a long way back from 0-12. This will be year number 4 and getting 4 wins would be a solid year for the Redhawks.
- Kent State – Golden Flashes – 4-8 / 2-6: Nothing flashy here, and a couple of lower level FCS schools to pad the win total.
- Akron – Zips – 2-10 / 1-7: The Zips will have no zip this year. After 3 decent years they’re back to hoping they don’t pull an O’fer.