Preview 2017: It’s Toledo’s Turn To Win The MAC
The most consistent team in the MAC for several years, now it’s time to finally step up and win the thing again.
Okay, Toledo. It’s your turn.
The program has been among the most consistently successful in the MAC over the last seven seasons, and while bowl games have been nice, there haven’t been any conference championships, or even trips to the title game.
It was Western Michigan’s 2016 season, while Northern Illinois – six years in a row – Central Michigan, and even Ball State had a spin in Detroit since the Rockets last won the MAC Championship in 2004. This year, though, Toledo has the talent, experience, and upside to finally break through and be the conference’s signature star.
The program is way overdue to catch the right breaks in the right year.
Head coach Jason Candle did a wonderful job in his first season as he kept the fun going, but once again, the Rockets came up short with the loss at Western Michigan being just enough to make it another season as the West’s bridesmaid.
There might be some key losses to the team that went 9-4 – with a painful loss to BYU early and a tough defeat to Appalachian State in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl to finish it off – but the replacements look solid, the stars are among the best players in the MAC, and the machine is in place to shoot for nothing less than a title.
Nah, the Rockets won’t be this year’s Western Michigan on the way to a New Year’s Six bowl, but they’re going to be a whole lot of fun, they’re going to put up massive numbers, and they might be just good enough to shock Miami and make a big national splash.
But for this season, winning the MAC Championship would be more than good enough.