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Mid-American Conference football preview

July 26, 2011

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:

East West
Miami Toledo
Ohio Northern Illinois
Temple Western Michigan
Bowling Green Eastern Michigan
Akron Central Michigan
Buffalo Ball State
Kent State

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.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Kenneth Barna permalink
    July 27, 2011 11:40 am

    I have tried to leave a comment on the other post, but I keep getting rejected.

    • July 27, 2011 1:12 pm

      Are you referring to this comment?

  2. Kenneth Barna permalink
    July 27, 2011 3:28 pm

    My comments were not getting through on the first of Eagle Totem comments, but I see that they are now there. Sorry.
    Let me further comment about the media day. I was very disappointed by the coverage in the Detroit News. No coverage of Mr. McCutcheon’s statement about the University of Massachusetts coming aboard as a MAC member in 2012. Very brief statements about the Michigan MAC members, and that was that.
    I would totally agree with your assessment of Ball State, and also feel that Central is not out of the woods, either.


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