Mid-American Conference football preview
Today is the Mid-American Conference football media preview day, at Ford Field, and as far as I’m concerned, this marks the official start of the end of the off-season. EMU’s opening game is exactly 40 days away, so it’s time to start taking a serious look at what this fall may hold for the Eagles.
Since the official MAC Media Poll includes mainstream professional media types, I’m participating again this year in the MAC Blogger Poll. We’ll have the full results once all the votes are in, but for now, here are my thoughts:
|Bowling Green||Eastern Michigan|
Toledo will beat Miami for the MAC Championship, and Toledo, Miami, Northern Illinois, and Ohio will go to bowls, with Western Michigan and Temple narrowly missing out again. Bowling Green and Eastern Michigan will improve and reach MAC-respectability but not bowl-eligibility. Ball State, as a bad team breaking in a brand-new coach, will be the worst team in the conference, and among the worst in the nation.
As for the team appearances at the media preview, Ron English is taking Alex Gillett and Andy Mulumba. Gillett, of course, is a no-brainer, while Mulumba has started seven games in the past two years on the defensive line for the Eagles. Both are juniors. The EMU appearance is scheduled for 10:50 to 11:00 this morning. Also of note, UMass Athletic Director John McCutcheon will make a brief appearance to represent the future MAC football member.