[2017 College Football Preview] MAC

The USB’s 2017 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW continues with some MAC-tion!

Buckle up folks. It’s about to get crazy……

 

 

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12. Buffalo Bulls

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Last Year’s Record: 2-10

Last Year’s Bowl Game: None

Head Coach: Lance Leipold (7-17 all-time)

Top Returning Players: James O’Hagan (OL), Khalil Hodge (LB), Brandon Manosalvas (OL), Jarrett Franklin (LB), Demone Harris (DL), Chris Ford (DL), Cameron Lewis (CB), Tyree Jackson (QB), Kamathi Holsey (WR), Tomas Jack-Kurdyla (OL), David Goldsby (OL), Adam Mitcheson (K), Kyle DeWeen (P), Jordan Collier (LB), Ryan Williamson (S), Tim Roberts (S)

Top Incoming Players: Rodney Scott (WR), Kyle Vantrease (QB)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Minnesota (August 31), @ Army West Point (September 9), Western Michigan (October 7), Ohio (November 24)

Predicted Record: 2-10 (1-7)


 

11. Kent State Golden Flashes

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Last Year’s Record: 3-9

Last Year’s Bowl Game: None

Head Coach: Paul Haynes (12-35 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Jon Cunningham (DL), Jerrell Foster (CB), Justin Rankin (RB), Stefano Millin (OL), Derek Adams (P), Nick Holley (QB), Raekwon James (WR), Ryan Malone (TE), Nathan Puthoff (OL), Connor Shinsky (OL), Theodore Eboigbe (DL), James Alexander (LB), Jamal Parker (LB), Erik Simpson (S)

Top Incoming Players: Dustin Crum (QB)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Clemson (September 2), @ Louisville (September 23), @ Western Michigan (November 8)

Predicted Record: 2-10 (1-7)


 

10. Eastern Michigan Eagles

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Last Year’s Record: 7-6

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Bahamas vs. Old Dominion

Head Coach: Chris Creighton (10-27 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Jeremiah Harris (DL), Paul Fricano (K), Brogan Roback (QB), Sergio Bailey (WR), Maxx Crosby (DL), Vince Calhoun (CB), Shaq Vann (RB), Jason Beck (LB), Antoine Porter (WR), Johnnie Niupalau (WR), Dan Buschman (TE), Jimmy Leatiota (OL), Ka’John Armstrong (OL), Luke Maclean (DT), Derric Williams (LB), Brody Hoying (LB), Kevin McGill (CB), Juan Giraldo (S)

Top Incoming Players: Jairus Grissom (QB)

Toughest Games This Season: Ohio (September 23), @ Kentucky (September 30), @ Toledo (October 7), @ Army West Point (October 14), Western Michigan (October 21)

Predicted Record: 3-9 (2-6)


 

TIE – 9. Bowling Green Falcons

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Last Year’s Record: 4-8

Last Year’s Bowl Game: None

Head Coach: Mike Jinks (4-8 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Scott Miller (WR), Tim McAuliffe (OL), Gus Schwieterman (DL), Jamari Bozeman (CB), Joseph Davidson (P), Teo Redding (WR), Brandon Harris (LB), James Morgan (QB), Ryan Hunter (OL), David Konowalski (DL), Robert Jackson (CB), Fred Garth (S), Jack Suder (K)

Top Incoming Players: Travis Koontz (TE), Andrew Clair (RB), Jarrett Doege (QB)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Michigan State (September 2), @ Northwestern (September 16), @ Middle Tennessee (September 23), Ohio (October 14), Toledo (Noveember 15)

Predicted Record: 4-8 (3-5)


 

TIE 9. Central Michigan Chippewas

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Last Year’s Record: 6-7

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Miami Beach vs. Tulsa (Lost 10-55)

Head Coach: John Bonamego (13-13 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Corey Willis (WR), Tyler Conklin (TE), Joe Ostman (DL), Malik Fountain (LB), Amari Coleman (CB), Josh Cox (CB), Mark Chapman (WR), Derek Edwards (OL), J.P. Quinn (OL), Joe Austin (OL), Devon Spalding (RB), Austin Doan (OL), Shakir Carr (OL), D’Andre Dill (DT), Alex Briones (LB), Cooper Mojsiejenko (P)

Top Incoming Players: Keegan Cossou (TE)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Boston College (September 30), @ Ohio (October 7), Toledo (October 14), @ Western Michigan (November 1)

Predicted Record: 4-8 (3-5)


 

7. Ball State Cardinals

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Last Year’s Record: 4-8

Last Year’s Bowl Game: None

Head Coach: Mike Neu (4-8 all-time)

Top Returning Players: James Gilbert (RB), Anthony Winbush (DL), Marc Walton (CB), Morgan Hagee (K), Riley Neal (QB), Corey Lancanaria (WR), Pat Maloney (OL), Vinnie Palazeti (OL), Kadin Booker (OL), Kevin Willis (DL), Josh Miller (CB)

Top Incoming Players: Kevin Domonique (RB)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Western Kentucky (September 23), @ Western Michigan (September 30), Toledo (October 26)

Predicted Record: 5-7 (3-5)


 

6. Miami (OH) Redhawks

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Last Year’s Record: 6-7

Last Year’s Bowl Game: St. Petersburg vs. Mississippi State (Lost 16-17)

Head Coach: Chuck Martin (11-26 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Heath Harding (CB), Gus Ragland (QB), James Gardner (WR), Sam McCollum (OL), Jordan Rigg (OL), Junior McMullen (LB), Jared Murphy (WR), Ryan Smith (TE), Danny Godlevske (OL), Ikeem Allen (DL), De’Andre Montgomery (LB), Jordan Diamond (OL), Brad Koenig (LB), Tony Reid (CB), Alonzo Smith (RB), Nate Trawick (DL), Deondre Daniels (CB), Kyle Kramer (P)

Top Incoming Players: Davion Johnson (RB), Jackson Williamson (QB)

Toughest Games This Season: Cincinnati (September 16), @ Notre Dame (September 30), @ Ohio (October 31)

Predicted Record: 6-6 (5-3)


 

5. Akron Zips

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Last Year’s Record: 5-7

Last Year’s Bowl Game: None

Head Coach: Terry Bowden (24-37 at Akron, 71-54-1 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Ulysees Gilbert (LB), Jovann Letuli (OL), Brock Boxen (DL), Thomas Woodson (QB), Warren Ball (RB), Austin Wolf (WR), Zach Guiser (CB), Tom O’Leary (K), A.J. Coney (WR), Lavonne Gauthney (OL), Kyle Ritz (OL), Stephen Ericksen (OL), Darius Copeland (DL), Brian Bell (LB), James King (LB), Alvin Davis (S), Nick Gasser (P)

Top Incoming Players: Nick Johns (QB), Kobie Booker (TE)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Penn State (September 2), @ Troy (September 23), @ Western Michigan (October 14), @ Toledo (October 21), Ohio (November 14)

Predicted Record: 6-6 (5-3)


 

4. Northern Illinois Huskies

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Last Year’s Record: 5-7

Last Year’s Bowl Game: None

Head Coach: Rod Carey (36-19 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Max Scharping (OL), Jordan Huff (RB), Shawun Lurry (CB), Shane Wimann (TE), Brandon Mayes (CB), Christian Blake (WR), Luke Shively (OL), Jordan Steckler (OL), William Lee (DL), Josh Corcoran (DL), Bobby Jones (LB), Daniel Isom (CB), Mycial Allen (S), Christian Hagan (K)

Top Incoming Players: Jordan Rowell (RB), Rodney Hall (QB), Matt Ference (K)

Toughest Games This Season: Boston College (September 1), @ Nebraska (September 16), @ San Diego State (September 30), @ Toledo (November 2), Western Michigan (November 15)

Predicted Record: 7-5 (6-2)


 

TIE – 3. Ohio Bobcats

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Last Year’s Record: 8-6

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Dollar General vs. Troy (Lost 23-28)

Head Coach: Frank Solich (88-67 at Ohio, 146-86 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Jake Pruehs (OL), Quentin Poling (LB), Javon Hagan (CB), Papi White (WR), Cleon Aloese (DL), Durrell Wood (OL), Kevin Robbins (DL), Chad Moore (LB), A.J. Oullette (RB), Louie Zervos (K), Quinton Maxwell (QB), Troy Mangen (TE), Joe Lowery (OL), Mayne Williams (CB), Kylan Nelson (S), Michael Farkas (P)

Top Incoming Players: Drew Keszei (QB)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Purdue (September 8), Toledo (November 8)

Predicted Record: 8-4 (6-2)


 

TIE 3. Western Michigan Broncos

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Last Year’s Record: 13-1

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Cotton Bowl vs. Wisconsin (Lost 16-24)

Head Coach: Tim Lester (0-0 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Jarvion Franklin (RB), John Keenoy (OL), Chukwuma Okoafor (OL), Robert Spillane (LB), Darius Phillips (CB), Jamauri Bogan (RB), Donnie Ernsberger (TE), Luke Juriga (OL), Eric Assoua (DL), Asantay Brown (LB), Caleb Bailey (LB), Justin Tranquil (CB), Andre Turner (DL), Derek Mitchell (P), Sam Beal (CB)

Top Incoming Players: Josh Grant (K), Prince Walker (RB)

Toughest Games This Season: @ USC (September 2), @ Michigan State (September 9), @ Toledo (November 24)

Predicted Record: 8-4 (6-2)


 

1. Toledo Rockets

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Last Year’s Record: 9-4

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Camellia vs. Appalachian State (Lost 28-31)

Head Coach: Jason Candle (10-4 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Logan Woodside (QB), Cody Thompson (WR), Jon’Vea Johnson (WR), Elijah Nkansah (OL), Olasunkanmi Adeniyi (DL), Ja’Wuan Woodley (LB), Terry Swanson (RB), Trevon Mathis (CB), Nate Jeppesen (OL), Marquise Moore (DL), Tyler Taafe (LB), Kadar Hollman (CB), Josh Teachey (S), Jameson Vest (K)

Top Incoming Players: Kedonis Haslem (OL), Caleb Martin (QB)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Miami, FL (September 23), @ Ohio (November 8), Western Michigan (November 24)

Predicted Record: 10-2 (7-1)

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