The MAC Champion went to a BCS bowl last season. Hopefully that is once again in the cards, but I do not think so – I think the little guys will get pushed aside by the big boys once again.
Bowling Green – the Falcons bring back a lot of talent from last year, and their schedule is friendly. Should win the east with ease.
Ohio – has not won the MAC since 1968. There were on cruise control last year at 7-0 when injuries started the downward spiral. If they are in contention, the second week of November showdown with Bowling Green will decide the division.
Buffalo – the Bulls never seem to find the formula to put it together. Coach Quinn went 4-8 last year and was given a contract extension. Hopefully this is the year for the Bulls.
Kent State – the Golden Flashes won a school record 11 games last season. Expectations are high, but a new QB and OLine need to develop quickly.
Miami – the Redhawks are a throwing team. If the passing game is on all the time they could have success, if it is off that day, they are not going to be able to win games running the ball. Any bowl game would be a successful season here.
Akron – the Zips have struggled. They have not beat a FBS team in nearly 3 years. This likely will be their fourth consecutive season with a 1-11 record.
Umass – the Minutemen went 1-11 in their first FBS season, and this is the first year they are eligible for a bowl game. I dont see that happening, but 2 or 3 wins would probably be considered a successful season.
Northern Illinois – the Huskies will hope for a repeat of last season that saw them in the Orange Bowl.
Toledo – the Rockets have a 20-4 record in the MAC over the last 3 seasons, with 3 bowl appearances for the effort. The trophy case has one glaring hole – a MAC Championship. Its a two horse race with NIU for the west.
Ball State – the Cardinals have all of their skill players returning, but they will have a lot of holes to fill on defense. A bowl game is probably in the cards, but the big question is that will the bounces continue to go the Cardinals way?
Western Michigan – the Broncos have a new coach and a new system from a 4-8 team last season that could have easily been 8-4. 500 at best this year.
Central Michigan – the Chippewas got hot at the right time last season, finishing with 4 straight wins including a bowl game victory. Not sure they will be able to build on that this year.
Eastern Michigan – the Eagles are not devoid of talent, just do not have as much as they would like. Its probably going to be a long year for Eastern Michigan
Bowling Green wins the East
NIU wins the west
NIU wins the title game and the conference championship outright.