August 15, 2010

Rivals.com expert predictions: MAC

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We asked our five football writers to answer a few questions about the MAC, some serious and some light-hearted. Here are their responses:

WHO WINS THE LEAGUE?
Olin Buchanan: Northern Illinois
Tom Dienhart: Temple
David Fox: Northern Illinois
Mike Huguenin: Temple
Steve Megargee: Temple
WHICH TEAM WILL BE THE BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?
Olin Buchanan: Central Michigan
Tom Dienhart: Central Michigan
David Fox: Central Michigan
Mike Huguenin: Buffalo
Steve Megargee: Central Michigan
IF I WERE {BLANK}, I'D REALLY BE WORRIED.
Olin Buchanan: Miami QB Zac Dysert. Dysert sets up behind a line that allowed a nation's-worst 59 sacks last season, and Florida looms in the opener.
Tom Dienhart: Ball State officials. All the mojo from the 12-2 season in 2008 has evaporated with Brady Hoke leaving for the San Diego State job. Ball State went 2-10 last season, and the outlook for 2010 is grim.
David Fox: Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw. He should be really worried because he's going to have to hire a head coach soon, and despite all Al Golden has done, it's still Temple football.
Mike Huguenin: Anyone associated with Temple. This could be a season to remember for the Owls, who are the preseason favorite to win the league. But a conference title almost certainly would mean coach Al Golden would garner a better job -- and if Golden leaves, what happens to the Owls?
Steve Megargee: A Buffalo fan. This was one of the worst FBS programs in the nation before Turner Gill arrived. Now that Gill is gone, the Bulls could have a tough time remaining competitive in the MAC.
WHERE DOES THIS LEAGUE RANK IN RELATION TO OTHERS?
Olin Buchanan: 10th
Tom Dienhart: 10th
David Fox: 10th
Mike Huguenin: 10th
Steve Megargee: 10th
THE PLAYER YOU MOST LIKE TO WATCH FROM THIS LEAGUE
Olin Buchanan: Temple RB Bernard Pierce
Tom Dienhart: Temple RB Bernard Pierce
David Fox: Ball State RB MiQuale Lewis
Mike Huguenin: Ohio WT LaVon Brazill
Steve Megargee: Temple RB Bernard Pierce
WHO WILL LEAD THE LEAGUE IN RUSHING?
Olin Buchanan: Temple's Bernard Pierce
Tom Dienhart: Temple's Bernard Pierce
David Fox: Temple's Bernard Pierce
Mike Huguenin: Temple's Bernard Pierce
Steve Megargee: Temple's Bernard Pierce
WHO WILL LEAD THE LEAGUE IN PASSING?
Olin Buchanan: Miami's Zac Dysert
Tom Dienhart: Bowling Green's Matt Schilz
David Fox: Western Michigan's Alex Carder
Mike Huguenin: Miami's Zac Dysert
Steve Megargee: Miami's Zac Dysert
WHO WILL LEAD THE LEAGUE IN RECEPTIONS?
Olin Buchanan: Miami WR Armand Robinson
Tom Dienhart: Toledo WR Eric Page
David Fox: Toledo WR Eric Page
Mike Huguenin: Toledo WR Eric Page
Steve Megargee: Toledo WR Eric Page
WHO WILL LEAD THE LEAGUE IN TACKLES?
Olin Buchanan: Ohio LB Noah Keller
Tom Dienhart: Central Michigan LB Nick Bellore
David Fox: Ohio LB Noah Keller
Mike Huguenin: Akron LB Brian Wagner
Steve Megargee: Ohio LB Noah Keller
WHO HAS THE BEST-LOOKING HELMET?
Olin Buchanan: Kent State
Tom Dienhart: Bowling Green
David Fox: Miami
Mike Huguenin: Northern Illinois
Steve Megargee: Akron
WHO HAS THE WORST-LOOKING HELMET?
Olin Buchanan: Bowling Green
Tom Dienhart: Eastern Michigan
David Fox: Ball State
Mike Huguenin: Bowling Green
Steve Megargee: Bowling Green
CITY IN THIS LEAGUE YOU MOST LIKE TO VISIT
Olin Buchanan: Philadelphia
Tom Dienhart: Oxford, Ohio
David Fox: Oxford, Ohio
Mike Huguenin: Philadelphia
Steve Megargee: Philadelphia




 

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