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MAC Midseason Roundup: Top Players, Games, Surprises, Coaches

2016 CollegeFootballNews.com Midseason Top MAC Players, Coaches, Rankings, Games, Surprise & Disappointments

2016 MAC Midseason Analysis

MAC Midseason Offensive Player

QB Zach Terrell, Sr. Western Michigan

The conductor of the special attack with a loaded array of skill players, Terrell has been the veteran passer and leader the unbeaten offense has needed. Not only has he rushed for three scores and completed over 70% of his passes, but he’s been rock steady with 15 touchdown passes and no interceptions.

MAC Midseason Defensive Player

S Nate Holley, Sr. Kent State

Kent State’s terrific defensive lineman Terence Waugh is second on the team with 34 tackles. Holley leads the team with 86. The machine is doing it again – he’s been hitting everything in sight throughout his career – coming up with double-digit stops in every game including 17 against both Penn State and Monmouth, and with 14 against Alabama. There isn’t a better open-field tackler in college football.

MAC Midseason Top 10 Players

1. QB Zach Terrell, Sr. Western Michigan
2. S Nate Holley, Sr. Kent State
3. QB Logan Woodside, Jr. Toledo
4. RB Jamauri Bogan, Soph. Western Michigan
5. QB Cooper Rush, Sr. Central Michigan
6. QB Thomas Woodson, Jr. Akron
7. DE Terence Waugh, Sr. Kent State
8. DT Pat O’Connor, Sr. Eastern Michigan
9. WR Kenny Golladay, Sr. Northern Illinois
10. LB Ulysees Gilbert III, Soph. Akron

MAC Midseason Coach Rankings

1. P.J. Fleck, Western Michigan
2. Terry Bowden, Akron
3. Chris Creighton, Eastern Michigan
4. Jason Candle, Toledo
5. Mike Neu, Central Michigan
6. John Bonamego, Central Michigan
7. Frank Solich, Ohio
8. Rod Carey, Northern Illinois
9. Paul Haynes, Kent State
10. Chuck Martin, Miami University
11. Lance Leipold, Buffalo
12. Mike Jinks, Bowling Green

MAC Midseason Best Games

1. Central Michigan 30, Oklahoma State 27, Sept. 8

2. BYU 55, Toledo 53, Sept. 30

3. Wyoming 40, Northern Illinois 34, 3OT, Sept. 1

MAC Midseason Best Surprise

Eastern Michigan. It’s Eastern fricking Michigan, and it’s 4-2 with a real shot at going bowling. This isn’t just a mediocre team that loaded up with wins over the weak and the sad – okay, it sort of is – with a key win over a Wyoming team that’s been solid. For a program that’s gone so long with a whole lot of nothing, this has been special.

MAC Midseason Biggest Disappointment

Northern Illinois and Bowling Green. The Falcons had to do a complete gut job of personnel under new head coach Mike Jinks, and Northern Illinois has to go through a quarterback problem again. But the two stars of last year and the combatants in the MAC title game have been miserable going 2-10 to start the year.

MAC Midseason – We Were Right On …

Western Michigan. Maybe we didn’t call a dominant 6-0 start with two Big Ten wins, but maybe 5-1. The Broncos have been even better than expected with all the parts clicking. They’re absolutely for real.

MAC Midseason – We Were Wrong On …

Buffalo. Lance Leipold is too good a college football coach for the Bulls to not be a factor in the bad MAC East. Instead, the Bulls started out with a 22-16 loss to Albany and – other than a total stunner against Army – haven’t been close. Losing at Nevada and Boston College isn’t a big deal, but going 1-4 with a 44-20 home loss to Kent State isn’t okay.