Looking like a terrific season for the country of Ohio within the MAC.Every Friday, our group of workers at The Comeback will share our convention predictions for the 2017 season. This week, we cross at the document with our choices for the MAC, that’s a convention complete of exciting storylines to follow.
MAC East Division
Miami (4 first-place votes)
Ohio (1 first-region vote)
It appears pretty convincing that the Miami RedHawks may be returning to the MAC Championship recreation for the first time considering 2010. There have been some mild differences in reviews in the East, however, for the maximum element, our standings tended to follow similar trends with the order.
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MAC West Division
Toledo (5 first-vicinity votes)
Two things approximately the MAC West were almost unanimous among our body of workers. Toledo prevailing the division turned into unanimous with the Rockets sweeping the primary area votes. Ball State coming in ultimate become nearly unanimous, with 4 of 5 sixth-location votes and one 5th-area prediction.
MAC Championship Game
Everybody has Toledo prevailing the MAC championship, however one people (OK, it was me) picked the Rockets to beat a distinct group than the rest of the group.
Kevin M: Toledo over Ohio
Yesh: Toledo over Miami
Terry: Toledo over Miami
Matt: Toledo over Miami
Coach of the YearGiven how high the expectancies for Miami are this yr from individuals of our body of workers, it makes sense Chuck Martin regarded like a smooth pick for coach of the yr. He ended up getting the maximum votes here, however, needed to preserve off Toledo’s head teach Jason Candle, who of path looks to be searching forward to a superb yr with the Rockets.
Chuck Martin, Miami (3)
Jason Candle, Toledo (2)
Offensive Player of the YearThis one was an easy selection for our staff. Toledo quarterback Logan Woodside took all of the votes for Offensive Player of the Year, which ought to come as little wonder given all the eye he acquired this week on the website.
Logan Whiteside, QB, Toledo (5)
Defensive Player of the YearOn the defensive side of the football, there had been a few combined reviews on the top participant. Ohio linebacker Quentin Poling and Toledo linebacker Ja’Wuan Martin tied for the most votes acquired from our team of workers.
Quentin Poling, LB, Ohio (2)
Ja’Wuan Martin, Toledo (2)
Heath Harding (1)
Matt: Eastern Michigan makes a run in the West department. After ultimate yr making their first bowl recreation when you consider that 1987, the Eagles have a real chance to improve even further a be a sleeper crew inside the West division. They have a threat at a few wins in non-convention play, for you to be something to construct on when MAC play starts. They do must face both the Redhawks and Bobcats from the East division, however, they might without problems supply them a chief check.
Yesh: The MAC will win more than five video games in opposition to P5 opposition this year (and sure, playing Kansas two times sincerely facilitates).
Phil: Seems like each 12 months, the MAC pulls an unexpected dissatisfied. To that cease, look for the Toledo Rockets to give the Miami group from Florida (now not Ohio) all it is able to handle on September twenty-third. Yeah, it’s in South Florida, but look for Jason Candle’s group to surprise anybody and pull off a shocker.
Kevin: I generally tend to believe Phil’s bold prediction of Toledo giving the Hurricanes a bit of a battle. But I was given burned by way of questioning Miami could get a take a look at on the road closing 12 months from Appalachian State so I’m going to keep my distance from underestimating Miami here. Instead, I assume we see Eastern Michigan take a big step backward after a shocking season closing fall. I even have the Eagles returned in the direction of the bottom of the division this season. I admit I’m now not entirely positive if that is formidable or not given EMU’s records. But it seems to head in opposition to the grain from what all people else is thinking about the Eagles this season.