As far as ‘Week Ones’ go, there will not be a heavy dose of exciting MACtion throughout the Mid-American Conference. Outside of Kent State, Akron and Western Michigan which all will have the honor of being obliterated by Clemson, Penn State and USC respectively there are only a few major storylines.
Can Bowling Green Upset Michigan State?
The Michigan State Spartans are one of those teams that a times find their defense to be optional and although the Spartans are a strong program, they can sometimes let unworthy opponents stick around longer than they should. In order for Michigan State to end any hope of a Bowling Green Falcons upset they will need to flat out execute all game.
As simple as it sounds, that very issue can give the Spartans unneeded trouble. Bowling Green should score around twenty-five points if you ask me. It will just be a matter of whether or not Michigan State will be able to punch the ball into the endzone consistently enough against a strong Falcons defense led by safety Jamari Bozeman (above).
Will an FCS Team Topple a MAC Team?
There are three MAC matchups this week that include an FCS opponent. Elon at Toledo, Rhode Island at Central Michigan and Hampton at Ohio. Let me start by first saying that I do not believe any of these FCS schools have what it takes to come away victorious in Week One. It does not help that Toledo, Central Michigan and Ohio are three of the better schools within the MAC. With that being said I have been wrong before.
The Toledo Rockets are just too good for them to lose to Elon, even if the Rockets imploded before liftoff they still should come away with the win. I did not even know Hampton had a football team, so I’ll give the Pirates of Hampton a fat chance to pull off the upset. Rhode Island is also a very bad football team and with Central Michigan’s WR-TE combo of Corey Willis (pictured) and Tyler Conklin (above), the Chippewas of CMU should pass all over the secondary of URI and easily walk their way to a win.
What Is the Game to Watch in the MAC?
Some people will say that the game to watch is Northern Illinois against Boston College but for me it will be the Miami RedHawks at the Marshall thundering Herd. This game is very interesting due to the way that the RedHawks closed out the 2016 season. They did lose a close game to SEC foe Mississippi State but if nothing else it was a strong moral victory. Even the Patriots technically lost at Bunker Hill (you were 100% thinking of the New England Patriots but I’m talking about the other ones).
Miami is a very average team with some bright spots in a few areas including cornerback Heath Harding (above) but they are average in a good way. Their lack of a clear weakness makes them a tough opponent to gameplan for and an even tougher opponent to beat. I like the RedHawks in this one but only by one possession, I’ll say 34-29 Miami.
The MAC is basically what you make of it but at the end of the day, the Mid-American Conference boasts some quality college football and some quality football programs, nothing to write home about but still not too shabby. Toledo for example has found themselves ranked the last few seasons while Northern Illinois and Bowling Green highlighted s trong both showing throughout the conference. The MAC still does not have the hope of being a ‘Power Conference’ but could they be closer than people think?
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