Apr 4, 2016, 10:52am EDT
August 15, 2016
Pick against NIU. The Huskies dare you.
Despite extreme quarterback injury issues, NIU won its sixth consecutive MAC West title in 2015. With experience, a solid MAC schedule, and (in theory) better injury luck, the Huskies might have the team to make it seven straight.
August 15, 2016
Death, taxes, and Toledo falling just short
Toledo is the most consistently strong team in the MAC -- the Rockets make only good hires and almost never finish with a losing record. They also haven't been to a MAC title game since 2004 because they can't get past NIU. Does that change in 2016?
April 20, 2016
I don't think NIU is the MAC's best team
Power ranking the 2016 Mid-American Conference, which will feature NIU going for a seventh straight West division title and Bowling Green going for a fourth straight in the East.
April 19, 2016
Is BGSU still the king of the MAC East?
With a new head coach and new starters at quarterback, running back, receiver, etc., Bowling Green is undergoing massive transition from last season's MAC Championship squad. But the Falcons are still the most proven team in the MAC East.
April 15, 2016
Is this Western Michigan's year?
Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck is inking the best recruiting class in the MAC every year, and his Broncos began improving before those classes even matured. Are Fleck and WMU ready for the ultimate breakthrough against a ligher 2016 slate?
April 14, 2016
Ohio's coach is 71 and still a contender
After a three-year slide, Frank Solich and his experienced Ohio Bobcats rebounded to 8-5 and came close to quite a bit more. Is the 71-year old Solich starting another high-caliber run in Athens, or was 2015 a one-off success?
April 12, 2016
CMU is ahead of schedule. Look out, MAC West
Neither cancer nor a two-deep in flux could prevent John Bonamego from engineering solid improvement in his first year as CMU head coach. And now the Chippewas are experienced and ready to make another run at a MAC West title.
April 11, 2016
Keeping Akron alive is the hard part for Bowden
Terry Bowden brought Akron football back from the dead and engineered the Zips' first ever bowl win in 2015. But quite a few of last year's difference makers are gone, and the schedule could break in a few different ways this fall.
April 8, 2016
Now the D3 legend's real Buffalo work begins
Lance Leipold lost more games in one year at Buffalo than he did in eight at UW-Whitewater, but his Bulls have a friendly early schedule and far greater defensive experience. If the offense holds steady, Buffalo could go bowling.
April 7, 2016
Ball State lives that roller coaster life
After two excellent seasons in 2012-13, the Cardinals stumbled in Pete Lembo's final two years.
April 6, 2016
Kent State might have the MAC's best D and worst O
Can the Golden Flashes take advantage of experience and a soft early schedule (Alabama game aside) to make just their second bowl run in 40 years?
April 5, 2016
A third-year breakthrough for Miami (Ohio)?
Miami (Ohio) survived a major youth movement on offense and improved late in an otherwise destitute 2015 season. With far greater experience and the flowers of a couple of good recruiting classes blossoming, the Redhawks should improve in 2016.
April 4, 2016
Year 3 is the key for new head coaches
Eastern Michigan hasn't had a winning season since 1995 and hasn't been to a bowl since 1987. Can Chris Creighton's Eagles conjure up a third-year breakthrough? Is happiness even possible in the land of the gray field?