MAC Preview and Futures

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East
1. Ohio (49% Div WP, 28% Conf WP)
Win Division (+162), Win Conference (+360)
Times were tough for the Bobcats prior to the arrival of Frank Solich. Entering his 14th season at Ohio, the former Nebraska HC has been successful running the triple option. With 8 starters back on offesne, this might be the best offense Solich has had here and the Bobcats have a serious shot at taking the MAC this season.

2. Miami OH (20% Div WP, 9% Conf WP)
Win Division (+265), Win Conference (+775)
The Redhawks entered last season with promise and ended up disappointing. After 6 wins in a row to close out the regular season in ’16, Miami was supposed to emerge as the favorite in the East last year, but failed to go .500. With 16 starers back, Miami is hoping to have the year everyone expected from them last season.

3. Buffalo (16% Div WP, 7% Conf WP)
Win Division (+320), Win Conference (+1000)
While the Bulls took a step back in 2016, they took a big step forward in 2017 going 6-6. The Bulls will be a threat in the East, but Ohio is a superior team so it will be difficult for the Bulls to make it to the MAC title game.

4. Akron (7% Div WP, 2% Conf WP)
Win Division (+1050), Win Conference (+3300)
Before Terry Bowden took over at Akron the Zips struggled. They have turned into a competitive team in the MAC. While the Zips somehow found their way to the MAC title game last season they are not an elite team in this conference.

5. Bowling Green (7% Div WP, 2% Conf WP)
Win Division (+1250), Win Conference (+4400)
Bowling Green has been hurting since Dino Babers departed for Syracuse. Jinks has gone 6-18 since taking over and this could be another tough season for the Falcons. If things go right they could make it to the MAC title game, but that would involve a lot of things going right combine with some luck.

6. Kent State (1% Div WP, <1% Conf WP)
Win Division (+2650), Win Conference (+12500)
When your national ranking is 129th out of 130 you know it’s going to be a difficult year. Sean Lewis take the reigns this year as Paul Haynes was never able to top 4 wins in a season during his 5 years here. The rebuilding label is appropriate for the Golden Flashes this season.

West
1. Toledo (36% Div WP, 19% Conf WP)
Win Division (+198), Win Conference (+380)
Jason Candle has been getting it done at Toledo, going 14-3 in MAC play in his first two seasons. This year the Rockets only return 12 starters, but are our pick to win the West. The Rockets rank three spots behind Northern Illinois in our power numbers, but the schedule is favorable for Toledo.

2. Northern Illinois (28% Div WP, 16% Conf WP)
Win Division (+172), Win Conference (+325)
Northern Illinois is the betting favorite to win the West, but we have them ranked 2nd in the West due to scheduling. The Huskies do get Toledo at home and winning that game puts them in a great position to take the West.

3. Western Michigan (22% Div WP, 11% Conf WP)
Win Division (+450), Win Conference (+875)
Meet the most talented team in the MAC. While the assumption is that Western Michigan fell off because PJ Fleck departed, Lester has kept up the recruiting for the Broncos. If they can avoid an injury plagued season, like the one they had last year, this team should be a contender in the West.

4. Eastern Michigan (8% Div WP, 3% Conf WP)
Win Division (+775), Win Conference (+1650)
After years of being the MAC doormat, Eastern Michigan has enjoyed some success in the conference recently. While they are improved, we have them picked 4th in the West and with the departure of Brogan Roback at QB, it will be tough for the Eagles to contend for the West.

5. Central Michigan (4% Div WP, 1% Conf WP)
Win Division (+1350), Win Conference (+4400)
There will be a lot of new faces on the field for the Chippewas this season and talent-wise this is the worst team Bonamego will put on the field at Central Michigan. It’s hard to consider the Chippewas a contender in the West as they will likely finish in the bottom half of the division.

6. Ball State (2% Div WP, <1% Conf WP)
Win Division (+2650), Win Conference (+12500)
Ball State looked bad last year going 2-10. Mike Neu enters his 3rd season as head coach and has a lot to fix as the Cardinals struggled on both sides of the ball last season. While the Cardinals will be improved they will not be contending for the conference crown.






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