Game Of The Year
Northern Illinois at Toledo, Nov. 13
Western Michigan will be a part of the chase, and each team has some rough games to deal with against the East, but be shocked if this isn’t the MAC West title game for the right to play – most likely – Ohio.
Northern Illinois whacked Toledo 38-15 last year and went on to with the conference title. Toledo won the game 27-17 the year before and ended up taking the MAC championship. Western Michigan beat both of them in 2016 on the way to a MAC title and the Cotton Bowl.
5 Big-Time Players Who Deserve A Bigger Spotlight
Five players who have been a bit under the radar on a national level, but should rise up and be among the season’s stars.
1. LB Antonio Jones-Davis, Sr. Northern Illinois
2. RB LeVante Bellamy, Sr. Western Michigan
3. RB Jaret Patterson, Soph. Buffalo
4. QB Jon Wassink, Jr. Western Michigan
5. LB John Lako, Sr. Akron
5 MAC Coaches On The Hot Seat
It’s not necessarily about who’s about to get fired. Who has to win now to avoid getting yelled at, and who could use a very big season? Who has the most pressure to deal with?
1. Mike Neu, Ball State
2. Chuck Martin, Miami University
3. Thomas Hammock, Northern Illinois
4. Tim Lester, Western Michigan
5. Sean Lewis, Kent State
5 Non-Conference Games MAC Opponents Have To Be Very, Very Worried About
They’re the landmine games. The Power Five programs should be good enough to win all five of these games, but …
1. Ohio at Pitt, Sept. 7
2. Northern Illinois at Nebraska, Sept. 14
3. Toledo at Kentucky, Aug. 31
4. Buffalo at Penn State, Sept. 7
5. Akron at Illinois, Aug. 31
5 Best Pro Prospects
1. OG Luke Juriga, Sr. Western Michigan
2. S Javan Hagan, Sr. Ohio
3. S Alvin Davis, Sr. Akron
4. DT Doug Costin, Sr. Miami Univ.
5. LB James Patterson, Jr. Buffalo
5 Biggest Shoes To Fill
1. QB Kyle Vantrease for Tyree Jackson, Buffalo
2. DE Matt Lorbeck for Sutton Smith, Northern Illinois
3. RB O’Shaan Allison for AJ Ouellette, Ohio
4. DT Robi Stuart for Mike Danna, Central Michigan
5. LB/DE Willie Ross for Tuzar Skipper, Toledo