2019 College Football Early Predictions For All 130 Teams

2019 College Football Early Predictions For All 130 Teams

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2019 College Football Early Predictions For All 130 Teams

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MAC EAST

MAC Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Akron Zips

Can new head man Tom Arth do more with a team that loses just about everyone on defense and doesn’t have enough on offense? The sure-thing wins just aren’t there, and there are too many likely losses on the road. Even so, the Zips should be able to fight there way to four wins again.

2018 Record: 4-8
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Realistic Worst Case Record: 3-9
2019 Prediction, March Version: 4-8

Aug. 31 at Illinois
Sept. 7 UAB
Sept. 14 at Central Michigan
Sept. 21 Troy
Sept. 28 at UMass
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 Kent State
Oct. 19 Buffalo
Oct. 26 at Northern Illinois
Nov. 2 at Bowling Green
Nov. 12 Eastern Michigan
Nov. 16 OPEN DATE
Nov. 20 at Miami Univ.
Nov. 26 Ohio
Full Schedule Analysis

Bowling Green Falcons

Scot Loeffler should be able to crank up even more of an offense to go along with just enough improvement an D to hope for more. There will be a win over Morgan State, but it’ll take something quirky to push past the three victories of last year. They should, but it’ll be a long rebuilding season.

2018 Record: 3-9
Realistic Best Case Record: 5-7
Realistic Worst Case Record: 2-10
2019 Prediction, March Version: 4-8

Aug. 29 Morgan State
Sept. 7 at Kansas State
Sept. 14 Louisiana Tech
Sept. 21 at Kent State
Sept. 28 OPEN DATE
Oct. 5 at Notre Dame
Oct. 12 Toledo
Oct. 19 Central Michigan
Oct. 26 at Western Michigan
Nov. 2 Akron
Nov. 13 at Miami Univ.
Nov. 19 Ohio
Nov. 23 OPEN DATE
Nov. 29 at Buffalo
Full Schedule Analysis

Buffalo Bulls

Last year was the season. It was supposed to be the year when everything went right, and instead, it was a near miss on winning the MAC title. Now, QB Tyree Jackson is gone along with a slew of stars. The schedule isn’t bad outside of a date at Penn State, but UB should fall back to the pack a bit. That  should still equal around seven wins, though.

2018 Record: 10-4
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2019 Prediction, March Version: 7-5

Aug. 29 Robert Morris
Sept. 7 at Penn State
Sept. 14 at Liberty
Sept. 21 Temple
Sept. 28 at Miami Univ.
Oct. 5 Ohio
Oct. 12 OPEN DATE
Oct. 19 at Akron
Oct. 26 Central Michigan
Nov. 2 at Eastern Michigan
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 14 at Kent State
Nov. 20 Toledo
Nov. 29 Bowling Green
Full Schedule Analysis

Kent State Golden Flashes

The second year of Sean Lewis should be better. Just about everyone is back on offense, and the defensive back eight is loaded with veterans. But where are the wins? Kennesaw isn’t a gimme, and a few of the winnable games are on the road. Assume the offensive style and system will work enough for four wins.

2018 Record: 2-10
Realistic Best Case Record: 5-7
Realistic Worst Case Record: 2-10
2019 Prediction, March Version: 4-8

Aug. 29 at Arizona State
Sept. 7 Kennesaw
Sept. 14 at Auburn
Sept. 21 Bowling Green
Sept. 28 OPEN DATE
Oct. 5 at Wisconsin
Oct. 12 at Akron
Oct. 19 at Ohio
Oct. 26 Miami Univ.
Nov. 5 at Toledo
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 14 Buffalo
Nov. 23 Ball State
Nov. 29 at Eastern Michigan
Full Schedule Analysis

Miami University RedHawks

The RedHawks have enough talent back to get more out of the offense and improve enough defensively to get bowling. It’ll be a tough start with likely September losses at Iowa, Cincinnati and Ohio State, and going to Western Michigan and Ohio is a problem. Everything else is winnable, and that Ohio game comes after a week off.

2018 Record: 6-6
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8
2019 Prediction, March Version: 7-5

Aug. 31 at Iowa
Sept. 7 Tennessee Tech
Sept. 14 at Cincinnati
Sept. 21 at Ohio State
Sept. 28 Buffalo
Oct. 5 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 at Western Michigan
Oct. 19 Northern Illinois
Oct. 26 at Kent State
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 6 at Ohio
Nov. 13 Bowling Green
Nov. 20 Akron
Nov. 29 at Ball State
Full Schedule Analysis

Ohio Bobcats

The Bobcats might take a step back offensively, and the secondary leads a solid defense that should be just as good as last year’s version. The Power Five games? At Pitt – that’s it, and it’s winnable. Five of the last six games are against teams that didn’t go bowling to close out a slate that doesn’t have any one sure-thing loss.

2018 Record: 9-4
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6
2019 Prediction, March Version: 8-4

Aug. 31 Rhode Island
Sept. 7 at Pitt
Sept. 14 at Marshall
Sept. 21 Louisiana
Sept. 28 OPEN DATE
Oct. 5 at Buffalo
Oct. 12 Northern Illinois
Oct. 19 Kent State
Oct. 26 at Ball State
Nov. 6 Miami Univ.
Nov. 12 Western Michigan
Nov. 19 at Bowling Green
Nov. 23 OPEN DATE
Nov. 30 at Akron
Full Schedule Analysis

MAC WEST

MAC Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Ball State Cardinals

There’s work to do in the backfield after losing QB Riley Neal (Vanderbilt) and RB James Gilbert (Kansas State) to transfer, but all five starters return up front, and ten starters are back defensively. However, there aren’t enough easy games. It’s going to take a few key home upsets to get to six wins, but the team should be just good enough to get close.

2018 Record: 4-8
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Realistic Worst Case Record: 3-9
2019 Prediction, March Version: 5-7

Aug. 31 Indiana (in Indy)
Sept. 7 Fordham
Sept. 14 Florida Atlantic
Sept. 21 at NC State
Sept. 28 OPEN DATE
Oct. 5 at Northern Illinois
Oct. 12 at Eastern Michigan
Oct. 19 Toledo
Oct. 26 Ohio
Nov. 5 at Western Michigan
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 Central Michigan
Nov. 23 at Kent State
Nov. 29 Miami Univ.
Full Schedule Analysis

Central Michigan Chippewas

The call is that new head man Jim McElwain will be good enough to make the team at least four wins better. Getting QB Quinten Dormady in from Houston helps for an offense loaded with veterans, but the defense loses several key parts. The Chippewas will beat Albany and New Mexico State, and there can’t be misses against Akron and at Ball State.

2018 Record: 1-11
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8
2019 Prediction, March Version: 5-7

Aug. 29 Albany
Sept. 7 at Wisconsin
Sept. 14 Akron
Sept. 21 at Miami, FL
Sept. 28 at Western Michigan
Oct. 5 Eastern Michigan
Oct. 12 New Mexico State
Oct. 19 at Bowling Green
Oct. 26 at Buffalo
Nov. 2 Northern Illinois
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 at Ball State
Nov. 23 OPEN DATE
Nov. 29 Toledo
Full Schedule Analysis

Eastern Michigan Eagles

The defense has to all but start over up front and the O has to replace too much. Even so, the schedule isn’t all that bad with Central Connecticut State, Ball State and Kent State likely home wins, and with several winnable road games to get to six victories.

2018 Record: 7-6
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 3-9
2019 Prediction, March Version: 6-6

Aug. 31 at Coastal Carolina
Sept. 7 at Kentucky
Sept. 14 at Illinois
Sept. 21 Central Connecticut State
Sept. 28 OPEN DATE
Oct. 5 at Central Michigan
Oct. 12 Ball State
Oct. 19 Western Michigan
Oct. 26 at Toledo
Nov. 2 Buffalo
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 12 at Akron
Nov. 19 at Northern Illinois
Nov. 29 Kent State
Full Schedule Analysis

Northern Illinois Huskies

New head man Thomas Hammock has some key parts to replace on the defensive front and at corner from the defending MAC champs, but the offense should be terrific. Going to Utah, Nebraska, Vanderbilt, Ohio and Toledo is rough, but the home slate isn’t all that bad.

2018 Record: 8-6
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2019 Prediction, March Version: 7-5

Aug. 31 Illinois State
Sept. 7 at Utah
Sept. 14 at Nebraska
Sept. 21 OPEN DATE
Sept. 28 at Vanderbilt
Oct. 5 Ball State
Oct. 12 at Ohio
Oct. 19 at Miami Univ.
Oct. 26 Akron
Nov. 2 at Central Michigan
Nov. 13 at Toledo
Nov. 19 Eastern Michigan
Nov. 23 OPEN DATE
Nov. 26 Western Michigan
Full Schedule Analysis

Toledo Rockets

It’s a good team that should be in the mix for the MAC title. There will be a problem at Kentucky to start the season, but the Rockets should be able to hang at Colorado State and at home against BYU. There are just enough road games over the second half of the season to be a concern, but getting to eight wins is a modest goal.

2018 Record: 7-6
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2019 Prediction, March Version: 8-4

Aug. 31 at Kentucky
Sept. 7 OPEN DATE
Sept. 14 Murray State
Sept. 21 at Colorado State
Sept. 28 BYU
Oct. 5 Western Michigan
Oct. 12 at Bowling Green
Oct. 19 at Ball State
Oct. 26 Eastern Michigan
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 5 Kent State
Nov. 13 Northern Illinois
Nov. 20 at Buffalo
Nov. 29 at Central Michigan
Full Schedule Analysis

Western Michigan Broncos

The Broncos are going to have to work for consistency with road games at Michigan State, Syracuse, Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Ohio and Northern Illinois sprinkled into the mix. However, they’ll be good enough to win a slew of those MAC games, and the home slate is a relative breeze.

2018 Record: 7-6
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2019 Prediction, March Version: 7-5

Aug. 31 Monmouth
Sept. 7 at Michigan State
Sept. 14 Georgia State
Sept. 21 at Syracuse
Sept. 28 Central Michigan
Oct. 5 at Toledo
Oct. 12 Miami Univ.
Oct. 19 at Eastern Michigan
Oct. 26 Bowling Green
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 5 Ball State
Nov. 12 at Ohio
Nov. 23 OPEN DATE
Nov. 26 at Northern Illinois
Full Schedule Analysis

2019 Schedules, Early Predictions
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