Thoughts on the MAC football media poll
The official MAC media poll is out, and, comparing it to my predictions, I really have just two noteworthy disagreements with it.
Since I gave my predictions earlier this morning, let’s start with a look at the media poll results.
|Kent State||Central Michigan|
|Bowling Green||Ball State|
Although Ohio came in second in the East (by just one point), they actually garnered twice as many first-place votes (eight) as Miami (four). The vote in the West was a little more clear, with Toledo leading Northern Illinois by two points and picking up eight first-place votes to the Huskies’ five. Other teams picking up division champion votes were Temple (four), Western Michigan (two), and Central Michigan (one). As for the MAC Championship game, nine voters picked the West Division champion to win (Toledo, 5; Northern Illinois, 3; Western Michigan, 1) and four picked the East (Miami, 3; Ohio, 1).
As I mentioned, I really have just two noteworthy points of disagreement with the outcome of this poll. One — and you may accuse me of homerism here — is that I think EMU will rise into the middle of the pack in the West. I’ve predicted a MAC record of 3-5 or 4-4, which should put EMU about third or fourth in the division. The other discrepancy is that I think Kent State may struggle a bit under first-year head coach Darrell Hazell, who strikes me as having the weakest resume of the conference’s five first-year head coaches, and takes over a program that’s not quite as solid as Northern Illinois, Miami, or Temple. (By comparison, Lembo has been a head coach at I-AA/FCS programs for 10 years, while Treadwell, Addazio, and Doeren have each spent several years as coordinators at major programs, with Addazio serving as interim head coach during an offseason and Treadwell as interim head coach for two games.)