DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 02: Willie Clark #10 of the Northern Illinois Huskies runs with the football during the MAC Championship game against the Ohio Bobcats at Ford Field on December 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Huskies defeated the Bobcats 23-20. (Photo by Mark A. Cunningham/Getty Images)

2012 MAC Football Previews: America's Funnest Sporting Association Reloads

The conference best known for points and wild finishes heads into 2012 amid its usual round of coaching replacements.

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2012 Northern Illinois Football: Checks And Balances

Last year, Northern Illinois survived a coaching change to win its first MAC title in 28 years. Can they overcome the other typical MAC death knell -- the departure of a star quarterback -- to do the same in 2012?

Related: Northern Illinois' complete 2012 statistical profile, including projected starters, year-to-year trends, and rankings galore.

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2012 Western Michigan Football Preview: Always A Bridesmaid

Western Michigan has been one of the most consistently strong programs in the MAC, but they are one of only a few to have not won a division title in the last decade. Can Bill Cubit's Broncos overcome a rebuilt receiving corps to finally earn a chance at some hardware?

Related: Western Michigan's complete 2012 statistical profile, including projected starters, year-to-year trends, and rankings galore.

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2012 Central Michigan Football: MACdementia, It Approaches

Offensive miscues and defensive injuries led to a 2011 season that was worse than the perceived worst-case scenario for Central Michigan. With health, unexpected experience, and an interesting group of sophomores, can Dan Enos' Chippewas bounce back after two down years?

Related: Central Michigan's complete 2012 statistical profile, including projected starters, year-to-year trends, and rankings galore.

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2012 Ohio Bobcats Football: The Old Program Builder

Frank Solich has built one of the MAC's sturdier programs in just under a decade. Can his hard-nosed quarterback and his well-seasoned Ohio Bobcats break through with a conference title this fall?

Related: Ohio's complete 2012 statistical profile, including projected starters, year-to-year trends, and rankings galore.

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2012 Bowling Green Football: Overthinkers To The Left

Bowling Green returns 17 starters from a team that came really close to seven wins last fall. They have an easy schedule, and they welcome both an interesting transfer on offense and quite a bit of coming talent on defense. No need to overthink it: the Falcons should be able to make a run at the MAC East title in 2012.

Related: Bowling Green's complete 2012 statistical profile, including projected starters, year-to-year trends, and rankings galore.

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2012 Ball State Football: The 'WHEEEEE' Stage

Ball State has had one of the most up-and-down recent histories in college football. The roller coaster appears headed up again after a successful first season for head coach Pete Lembo. But will a brutal schedule and an iffy defense prevent an interesting offense from carrying the Cardinals to their first bowl game in four years?

Related: Ball State's complete 2012 statistical profile, including projected starters, year-to-year trends, and rankings galore.

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2012 Toledo Football: Upside And Aaliyah Lyrics

In a conference known for parity, Toledo is attempting to change the game with strong recruiting, depth and upside. After three years of improvement, they hand the reins to 32-year old former offensive coordinator Matt Campbell; with help from two star quarterbacks, a wealth of former three- and four-star recruits his Rockets will try to overcome some key departures and prove that age ain't nothing but a number.

Related: Toledo's complete 2012 statistical profile, including projected starters, year-to-year trends, and rankings galore.

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2012 Kent State Football: Exile And Anti-MACtion

For a couple of years now, Kent State has fielded one of the best defenses in the mid-major universe, but the offense has been spectacularly unworthy of the MACtion label. Can a late offensive surge carry into 2012 and take the Golden Flashes to their first bowl since Jack Lambert and Nick Saban were dressing out in the navy blue and gold?

Related: Kent State's complete 2012 statistical profile, including projected starters, year-to-year trends, and rankings galore.

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2012 Buffalo Bulls Football: What's The Formula?

For three seasons, Buffalo has been trying, and failing, to recreate the (luck-aided) magic of its 2008 MAC title campaign. With running back Branden Oliver, linebacker Khalil Mack and company returning this fall, the Bulls should once again improve in Jeff Quinn's third season in charge, but the ceiling appears only so high with a return of luck and timing.

Related: Buffalo's complete 2012 statistical profile, including projected starters, year-to-year trends, and rankings galore.

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2012 Miami (Ohio) Football: Wins Vs. Actual Quality

Miami (Ohio) has experienced as many changes in fortune as any team in the country over the last decade. They went from one win, to 10, back to four over the last three seasons, and with a wealth of experience and, potentially, a turnaround in close-game performance, they could flip right back in 2012.

Related: Miami's complete 2012 statistical profile, including projected starters, year-to-year trends, and rankings galore.

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2012 Akron Football: Old Faces And A Bare Cupboard

Terry Bowden is back in our lives, and he has brought a host of familiar faces with him to Akron. But he inherits perhaps the most bare cupboard in the Football Bowl Subdivision. His Zips should be more entertaining this fall, but probably not any better.

Related: Akron's complete 2012 statistical profile, including projected starters, year-to-year trends, and rankings galore.

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2012 Eastern Michigan Football: Hope And Near Misses

In 2009, Ron English took on one of the most difficult jobs at the FBS level. but in his third season, he almost engineered a bowl bid for his Eastern Michigan Eagles. Can EMU account enough for defensive turnover and ride an experienced offense to its first bowl since 1987? Or is last year's near-miss as close as they can get?

Related: Eastern Michigan's complete 2012 statistical profile, including projected starters, year-to-year trends, and rankings galore.

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