MAC 2013 Preview/ Week @ 1 & 2Grades

EAST CONF.

Ohio Is near the top every season and were a seesaw team (7-0 then 1-5) last year.  Beau Blankenship brings his 1604 rushing yards back for another season. Tyler Tettleton, a decent QB, is the son Mickey Tettleton, an ex MLB catcher who spent some season with my Orioles. Frank Solich’s coaching record is 59-44 at Ohio since 2005.  The last four seasons have been solid.

Bowling Green:   Boo Boo Gates Dback play is improving, and he takes it to the house on special teams. The offense is suspect with QB , Matt Schilz,  a shaky variable. He ‘ll need gallons (Chris Gallon -54 receptions for 720 yards)  of help.

Kent St. Flashes will be a little less Golden  but as Dri Archer (1429 rushing yards & 18 TDs) remains  a solid component

Miami (Ohio) QB Dysert  is gone and WR Nick Harwell needs to stay healthy.

Buffalo U has fallen on hard football times &  many folks want to change the name to New York State U. Can sophomore QB Joe Licata live up to the hype?

Akron:  A Bowden miracle is nowhere in sight. Maybe DE  Albert Presley can jump start the D?

Massachusetts stories focus on freshman OT , Tyshon Henderson 6’7 315. – that’s not the best omen, but  TE Rob Blanchflower averaged 46.4  receiving yards per game last season and could be their best weapon. 

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WEST CONF.

Northern Illinois – It’s difficult to make a case against Jordan Lynch taking the Huskies to the MAC title game again.  Can Tommylee Lewis  step into Martel Moore’s shoes at WR. Huskies will  be a huge target after a big time visit to the Orange Bowl last season.

C. Michigan : Chippewas will surprise some folks and hang in the MACW race. Big home game against NIU on Oct 19 could tell the story. A lot rest on Tipton’s (1492 rushing yards last season) shoulders

Ball St.  On offense keep your eyes on the Wenning to Snead passing connection. Cards aren’t flashy but stay in contention.

Toledo : How much fuel is left in senior tailback David Fluellen’s tank.  He finished eighth in the FBS last season with 1,498 yards and 13 TDs on 259 carries. 

E. Michigan-  Gotta wonder how much more English (4-32) EMU can endure

W. Michigan: Johnnie Simon (WR) had a solid freshman season:  receptions (67) and receiving yards (792).

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9/6/13

Week 1 quick hits:  Plus side: NIU beat Iowa- nicely done. Bowling Green was impressive over Tulsa, the force-less Hurricanes.

Iffy:  Toledo  lost to the Florida  24-6. Ball St  shellacked Ill St (FCS). Buffalo  & W Mich hung for  awhile with respectively, Ohio St & Mich St.

Thumbs down: Ohio was pummelled by Louisville, but if they have trouble with N.TX , look out Bocats’ fans.  Akron, UMass, & CMich were creamed by solid FBS schools. Miami of Ohio was rolled by Cato’s kids of Marshall. Kent St didn’t flash golden & E Mich  didn’t impress in wins over FCS opponents.

9/8/13

Week 2 quick hits: Akron leads this week because their near defear to JMU garnered so much interest. C. Mich also survived a FCS opponent  but UMass & W. Mich didn’t.

Ohio recovered from the Louisville disaster by defeating NTex. Miami of Ohio & Buffalo lost big again, this time respectively,  to UK & Baylor. EMU  steppedb ack into FBS play and were pummelled by Penn ST. Toledo ran into another big time opponent Missouri and had some staying power but fell 40-23.

 

We finish up with the lone  , active undefeated MAC squads: Ball St crushed Army & Bowling Green kept it rolling with a MAC win over Kent St. NIU (1-0) was idle.

 

 

 

 

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