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MAC Football Media Day

July 24, 2012

Today is the annual MAC Football Media Day, held once again at Ford Field. The actual event starts at 8:30 this morning, but there are already several items of news worth noting.

First, the MAC started the day by announcing a four-year extension of their contracts with Ford Field as the host of the championship game, and with Marathon as the title sponsor. We’ll continue to see the “Marathon MAC Football Championship Game” at Ford Field through at least 2015. According to the conference, the MAC Championship game, played annually since 1997, is the nation’s second longest running football conference championship game, behind the SEC, and the MAC Championship game at Ford Field is the second-longest consecutive venue, also behind the SEC (at the Georgia Dome). In addition to EMU, Kent State has never played in the championship game (as well as Massachusetts, of course, but they haven’t actually had a chance). Of current MAC members, Central Michigan has the best record in the game, going 3-0, while Toledo (2-3) and Miami (2-2) have made the most appearances; former conference member Marshall holds the all-time lead, appearing in the game six consecutive years and winning five of those.

The second news item is the pre-season media poll, which follows.

MAC East Division

1. Ohio (17) 119
2. Bowling Green 91
3. Miami 84
4. Kent State 76
5. Buffalo 52
6. Akron 31
7. UMass 23

MAC West Division

1. Toledo (7) 87
2. Northern Illinois (5) 83
3. Western Michigan (4) 79
4. Ball State 42
5. Eastern Michigan 34
6. Central Michigan (1) 32

2012 Marathon MAC Championship Game Winner:

Ohio 5; Toledo 3; Northern Illinois 1; Western Michigan 1 and Central Michigan 1.

Yes, EMU is expected to finish right down near the bottom of the MAC, and yes, some numbskull really thinks that Central Michigan is going to win the conference.

Finally, Ron English, linebacker Justin Cudworth, and offensive lineman Korey Neal are scheduled to appear from 10:56 to 11:08. The whole event can be watched live on ESPN3.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kenneth Barna permalink
    July 26, 2012 9:16 am

    Dear cmadler,
    It is the same every year with these prongosticators, they base their decisions on where everyone finished the year before. They really don’t look at what players are coming back, how effective were they, who is new to the program, what might they accomplish, or who has to play who where.
    Northern Illinois has lost their quarterback, who was one of the best, so they are going to be just as good as last year? Western had a weak defense last year, and lost one of their best defensive players, and they are ranked above Eastern?
    Realizing that predicting is a crap shoot, because anything can happen, I just don’t think that people really look at what makes a team, and when it comes to the MAC, they really don’t care.

  2. August 1, 2012 12:10 am

    I don’t put much stock in pre-season rankings for anything. It seems pretty much as you said, “Well let’s see where everyone stacked up last year…You good with that? No…Okay, we’ll change these couple teams” The sad part is that so much of the BCs stuff is based on the pre-season rankings because if the top teams win they don’t generally get bumped down in favor of other teams.

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