19 for ’19: 19 key offseason topics: No. 5. How do the Group of Five conferences rank going into the summer?
19 for ’19 Offseason Topics
19: Best Teams To Not Make CFP
18: Teams That Will Rebound Big
17: Every Power 5 Team’s Letdown Game
16. Top 5 Instant Impact New Head Coaches
15. 2nd Year Coaches Who’ll Be Better
14. Power 5 Hot Seat Coach Rankings
13. Key Transfers You Forgot About
12. Five Big Power 5 Upset Alerts
11. Great Players About To Go Nuclear
10. Group of 5 Teams In New Year’s Six Chase
9. Power 5 Sleeper Teams
8. Most Interesting Quarterback Battles
7. Power 5 Potential Disappointments
6. Power 5 Potential Surprises
As spring ball finishes up and we go into the abyss of the offseason before fall camp, here’s how each of the Group of Five conferences look as spring ball starts to wind down.
This might change come August, but for now, here’s the early ranking of the GOFers, starting with …
It’ll be a competitive season, but it’ll be a holding pattern year.
There are four new head coaches, and enough shaky coaching situations to cause a whole lot of drama. The big problem, though, is the lack of an alpha team to make America care.
Buffalo looked like a killer before last year began, but now it’s rebuilding time at the skill spots. There’s enough in place to be okay, but it won’t be as good, and neither will MAC champion Northern Illinois. New head man Thomas Hammock will bring the fire, but the lines have too many amazing parts to replace.
Toledo will go bowling, Western Michigan should be more explosive and should be good enough to finish with a winning season, and Ohio has the upside to be the star of the MAC East. However, all three teams will be fine, but not amazing.
The league needs the also-rans to step up and be interesting.
The Kent State FlashFast style of offense under second-year head man Sean Lewis has to be flashier and faster. Akron’s new head coach Tom Arth inherits enough on offense to bring an instant boost, and Bowling Green’s new head man, Scot Loeffler, will be in a whole lot of shootouts.
Can Jim McElwain turn around Central Michigan right away? The team isn’t as far off from being a factor again as last season might suggest. Eastern Michigan has to replace almost everyone of note on defense, and Ball State has to find the skill guys on offense to help out the experience on the other side.