MAC 2019 Pre-Spring Rankings, Depth Chart Projections, Biggest Issues

MAC 2019 Pre-Spring Rankings, Depth Chart Projections, Biggest Issues

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MAC 2019 Pre-Spring Rankings, Depth Chart Projections, Biggest Issues

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The 2019 early rankings, depth chart lookaheads, and projections for the MAC.


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These can and will change after spring ball and going into the season, but for now, as a starting point, welcome to your pre-everything early ranking of all the MAC teams.

MAC EAST

6. Akron Zips

New head man Tom Arth needs to get the offense going, and he has the veteran quarterback in Kato Nelson, and he has the experienced receivers. The O line and running backs have to show up for a week ground game. S Alvin Davis is a good one, and LB John Lako is one of the MAC’s best, but six of the top eight and nine of the top 14 tacklers have to be replaced.

Final 2018 Record: 4-8 (2-6)
2018 MAC East Finish: T4
2018 Prespring MAC Conference Ranking: 9
Biggest Issue To Fix: Rushing Offense
Biggest Depth Chart Positive: Quarterback
Biggest Depth Chart Negative: Defensive Line

5. Bowling Green Falcons

New head coach Scot Loeffler has the offensive pieces to play around with, starting with QB Jarret Doege. Leading receiver Scott Miller is gone, but enough decent targets are back to keep the passing game rolling. Four starters are back up front, and the running backs are in place. Cornerback is the early defensive concern, but the experience is in place on the front seven to hope for at least a little bit of production.

Final 2018 Record: 3-9 (2-6)
2018 MAC East Finish: T4
2018 Prespring MAC Conference Ranking: 10
Biggest Issue To Fix: Run Defense
Biggest Depth Chart Positive: Quarterback
Biggest Depth Chart Negative: Cornerback

4. Kent State Golden Flashes

If experience matters, Year Two under Sean Lewis should be a whole lot stronger. QB Woody Barrett is back to try to keep the improvement in the O rolling. Everyone else is back, too, including the top three running backs, top four receivers, and all five starters up front. The D line needs a ton of retooling, but the back six should be better.

Final 2018 Record: 2-10 (1-7)
2018 MAC East Finish: 6
2018 Prespring MAC Conference Ranking: 12
Biggest Issue To Fix: Pass Protection
Biggest Depth Chart Positive: Offensive Line
Biggest Depth Chart Negative: Defensive Line

3. Buffalo Bulls

It’s been a bad offseason after a lousy finish for UB. The Bulls lost QB Tyree Jackson early to the NFL, and WR KJ Osborn to Miami. The offensive line is full of talent and experience, but the hope is for Kyle Vantrease to shine in the quarterback gig. He’s got the running backs in Jaret Patterson and Kevin Marks to take the heat off. The defense gets gutted in a few spots, losing Khalil Hodge from the linebacking corps and with six of the top nine tacklers gone.

Final 2018 Record: 10-4 (7-1)
2018 MAC East Finish: 1
2018 Prespring MAC Conference Ranking: 2
Biggest Issue To Fix: Tackles For Loss
Biggest Depth Chart Positive: Running Back
Biggest Depth Chart Negative: Wide Receiver

2. Miami University RedHawks

It’ll be a bit of a fight to replace QB Gus Ragland, but the receivers are okay and the offensive line should be fine in time. The RedHawks have a few young backs to take over for Alonzo Smith – they just need more work. The secondary should be the early plus for the defense that loses LB Brad Koenig and four of the top seven tacklers. There’s enough depth, though, for the D to be okay with a little time.

Final 2018 Record: 6-6 (6-2)
2018 MAC East Finish: T2
2018 Prespring MAC Conference Ranking: 6
Biggest Issue To Fix: Downfield Passing Game
Biggest Depth Chart Positive: Defensive Back
Biggest Depth Chart Negative: Linebacker

1. Ohio Bobcats

Nathan Rourke and the quarterback situation is amazing, but the top two receivers – Papi White and Andrew Meyer – are gone, and the top three running backs have to be replaced. The O line has to replace three starters, the defensive interior is starting over, and the linebacking corps needs some help. However, seven of the top 11 tacklers are back.

Final 2018 Record: 9-4 (6-2)
2018 MAC East Finish: T2
2018 Prespring MAC Conference Ranking: 3
Biggest Issue To Fix: Pass Defense
Biggest Depth Chart Positive: Quarterback
Biggest Depth Chart Negative: Running Back

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