MAC Articles

James Gilbert, Ball State Football
Mike Neu led Ball State to a 4-8 record in his first season as head coach at his alma mater and he'll be working with a young and inexperienced team this fall. With only nine starters returning, there will be plenty of opportunity for younger...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Herschel Walker, Georgia Football
The inaugural edition of Athlon Sports was published in 1967, the same year that a running back named O.J. Simpson led the USC Trojans to the national championship. As we celebrate 50 years of covering the sport, we thought it would be fun to take...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Scott Miller, Bowling Green Football
Even though Bowling Green went just 4-8 in head coach Mike Jinks first season, there are reasons to be optimistic about the Falcons. For starters, Bowling Green ended 2016 on a three-game winning streak with victories over MAC East foes. Secondly,...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Ulysses Gilbert, Akron Football
Akron went 5-7 last season but wasn't far off from playing in a bowl game contending for another winning record. Terry Bowden’s team came up short in large part because of an injury to its quarterback, an inability to run the ball and a...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Corey Willis, Central Michigan Football
Central Michigan struggled against MAC teams last season, as a 3-5 record in conference play resulted in a 6-7 finish. Head coach John Bonamego is hoping to turn things around this fall while leading the Chippewas to a third straight bowl game. A...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Brogan Roback, Eastern Michigan Football
Eastern Michigan played in a bowl game last season for the first time in nearly three decades, the clearest sign yet that head coach Chris Creighton has this program going in the right direction. But can the Eagles take the next step this fall?...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Jordan Huff, Northern Illinois Football
Northern Illinois found itself in unfamiliar territory last season as the Huskies finished 5-7 and didn’t go to a bowl game for the first time since 2008. Injuries, especially at the quarterback position, have been an issue for Rod Carey...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Quentin Poling, Ohio Football
Ohio is the defending MAC East champion and figures to be in the mix again this fall. The Bobcats return six starters on offense and will likely lean on the running game with uncertainly surrounding quarterback and the receiving corps. The defense...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Jarvion Franklin, Western Michigan Football
P.J. Fleck is now in Minnesota, but that’s not the only piece Western Michigan must replace from its 13-1 MAC title-winning team whose only loss came to Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl. The Broncos also will have to find a new No. 1 target and...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Tony Reid, Miami RedHawks Football
It was a tale of two halves for the Miami RedHawks last season. After losing the first six games, head coach Chuck Martin’s team completely turned things around reeling off six straight wins to earn the program’s first bowl appearance...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Logan Woodside, Toledo Football
Head coach Jason Candle continued the success Toledo had enjoyed under his former boss and current Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell, as the Rockets won nine games last year. Candle returns most of the pieces to one of the nation’s most...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Logan Woodside, Toledo Rockets football
Ohio, Western Michigan, Miami and Toledo finished 2016 as the top teams in the MAC, and all four should be near the top of the standings in the 2017 predictions. The Broncos have some significant personnel losses to address, but new coach Tim...
Steven Lassan
2 months ago
Dabo Swinney
Predictions for any FBS conference and all 130 college football teams are an inexact science. Some teams are just a bigger mystery than others or a hard program to get a read on for the upcoming year. Coaching changes, transfers, players returning...
Steven Lassan
2 months ago
NCAA Top 25 Quarterback Rankings
In recent weeks we've seen some of last season's top quarterbacks selected in the NFL Draft, while others set out preparing for the college football season ahead. To help you better understand this year's...
Juan Jose Rodriguez
2 months ago
Logan Woodside
The favorites to win the 2017 MAC title feature a couple of familiar faces in Toledo, Western Michigan and Ohio, but Miami is a team to watch after winning six of its final seven games last year. The RedHawks feature 14 players on Athlon’s...
Steven Lassan
2 months ago
Frank Solich
The MAC has seen a number of coaches move to the Power 5 ranks in recent years, but the one constant in the league remains Ohio's Frank Solich. The former Nebraska coach is the conference's longest-tenured head coach in the league and takes...
Steven Lassan
3 months ago
Sam Darnold
With the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, it's time to take an early look at 2018 and some of the top prospects on the radar for pro scouts. Although USC quarterback Sam Darnold has just 10 career starts, the sophomore ranks as the No. 1 player in...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Lamar Jackson
Spring practice is a busy time for all 130 college football teams, and it's no secret most of the attention in offseason workouts starts with the quarterback position. The 2017 crop of quarterbacks starts with defending Heisman Trophy...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
Deondre Francois
The countdown to the 2017 college football season is already underway, as spring practices and position battles for spots on the depth chart for all 130 teams across the nation are already in progress in offseason workouts. And one...
Steven Lassan
5 months ago
Mark Dantonio
Ranking the college football and basketball head coaching tandems for the Power 5 conferences is no easy assignment. But that’s what Athlon Sports has set out to do this offseason, as spring practice is just starting around the nation for all...
Athlon Sports
5 months ago
Nick Saban
Recruiting is the foundation for winning national championships, competing for CFB Playoff berths or winning at a high level in college football. While recruiting rankings aren’t 100 percent accurate, there is plenty of truth in the rankings...
Steven Lassan
6 months ago
Jarrett Stidham
Finding or developing a quarterback is no easy task for any college football coach. This position is one of the hardest to evaluate in high school, and quarterbacks often transfer early in their career in search of more playing time if they are...
Steven Lassan
6 months ago
While there is plenty of debate which quarterbacks, if any, should be taken in the early rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft, there are several intriguing prospects to keep an eye on as Day 2 and 3 options.   Central Michigan’s Cooper Rush is...
J.P. Scott
6 months ago
Dabo Swinney
With National Signing Day in the books, the focus for the 2017 college football season shifts to spring practices and upcoming offseason workouts. While most freshmen won’t arrive until the summer, a handful of incoming recruits already hit...
Steven Lassan
6 months ago
Jimbo Fisher
College football’s 2017 National Signing Day is officially in the books. Every FBS program inked recruits to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, which means coaching staffs should have a good snapshot of how their program...
Steven Lassan
6 months ago

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