By Kenny Howell
This is part 6 of my College Football Preview. Click the tag below the story that says College Football Preview to see the first five parts. Today we will look at the MAC.
The East and West Divisions should be pretty competitive at the top. Bowling Green, Kent State, Ohio, Northern Illinois and Toledo all should be in the running for the title.
On the East division side, I think it is Kent State's to lose. Some people are picking Bowling Green, but they have to travel to Kent State. Kent State also gets Northern Illinois at home. A last game travel to Ohio might prove tough, but I think they can finish conference play undefeated.
Bowling Green will probably drop games to Kent State and Toledo, and Ohio will fall to Kent State and Bowling Green. Both will finish 6-2 in conference behind Kent State.
On the West side, Northern Illinois is the easy pick because of the Orange Bowl appearance last season and high NFL Draft prospect Jordan Lynch returning, but I am going with Toledo. Toledo has Northern Illinois at home, and at Bowling Green should be their toughest road trip. I think they ride a 10-game winning streak into the MAC Championship after dropping their first two non-conference games to Florida and Missouri.
Kent State and Toledo will meet for the MAC Championship, with Toledo pulling out the win.
1. Kent State (10-2) (8-0)
2. Ohio (8-4) (6-2)
3. Bowling Green (7-5) (6-2)
4. Miami (Ohio) (4-8) (4-4)
5. Buffalo (3-9) (2-6)
6. Akron (2-10) (1-7)
7. Massachusetts (1-11) (0-8)
1. Toledo (8-4) (6-2)
2. Northern Illinois (8-4) (6-2)
3. Western Michigan (6-6) (5-3)
4. Ball State (6-6) (4-4)
5. Central Michigan (3-9) (2-6)
6. Eastern Michigan (1-11) (0-8)