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2013 MAC football previews: Every team, from schedules to projections

Because there's no time like March for MACtion. Read Bill Connelly's advanced previews of every MAC team, part of his 125-team journey.

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NIU still the king

Toledo, Ohio and Bowling Green could all make a run at the MAC championship this year. But until Jordan Lynch and Northern Illinois give us reason to think otherwise, we should probably consider the Huskies the favorite for one more year.

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Boring is good

Ohio battled through a ton of injuries in 2012 and still managed to eke out a 9-4 record. With experience and better health, another happy win total seems likely. Beware the Bobcats, Louisville.

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It's time, Toledo

Toledo's got depth, athleticism, coaching and 26 wins in three years. It's time for the Rockets to turn that into a conference title.

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A youth movement on the sideline

Western Michigan took a chance by hiring 32-year old former MAC star P.J. Fleck as its head coach. Can he and his new staff make something of spread personnel on offense and iffy personnel on defense?

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Bowling Green is ready

Bowling Green's defense dominated for most of the final two-thirds of 2012 and returns almost every major contributor. Can the Falcons' offense, inefficient but loaded with potential last fall, take a step forward to match the D?

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The 10 worst bowl teams of the F/+ era

CMU was one of the worst bowl teams in recent memory last year, but if raw experience can cure an awful defense, the Chippewas could play a power role in this year's MAC. Schedule, roster breakdown, projections and more below.

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A word with the underrated Pete Lembo

Ball State's Pete Lembo might be one of the more underrated coaches in the country. He has churned out 11 winning seasons in 12 years at three different schools. He will probably make it 12 in 13 this fall.

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The impossible encore

Kent State returns star power in Dri Archer, Trayion Durham and Roosevelt Nix. But turnover in both the coaching staff and on the field should ensure a slow start for the Golden Flashes in 2013. Schedule, roster, projections and more below.

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Extensions and experience

Buffalo heads into 2013 loaded with experience and a play-making defense. If the Bulls are to return to bowl eligibility, now's the time. Schedule, roster, projections and more below.

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The wrong stability

For the first time in three years, Miami's record and quality of play actually matched up in 2012. In a bad way. Schedule, roster, projections and more below.

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Hard times

Terry Bowden still has a really, really long way to go at Akron. Advanced stats, schedule, roster, projections and more below.

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Let's try this again

Can the Minutemen improve on just about the worst debut possible? Schedule, roster, projections and more below.

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