MAC Articles

Jake Bentley, South Carolina Gamecocks Football
It’s no secret quarterback play is an integral part of every college football team and its hopes of winning a national title, contending for a conference championship or simply making a bowl. And if you need any evidence, take a look at last...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
Ed Oliver, Houston Cougars Football
Ed Oliver could’ve gone to almost any college in America, at least any college with a football program.   That’s the luxury afforded to 6'2", 277-pound blue-chip defensive tackles who are blessed with enough speed to...
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
Tom Herman
College football’s 2016-17 coaching carousel featured 21 changes and several big-time hires. Texas (Tom Herman), Minnesota (P.J. Fleck), Oregon (Willie Taggart) and Purdue (Jeff Brohm) were just a few of the biggest winners from this year...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
Boise State Football
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would...
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
Penn State Football
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would...
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
ESPN College Football
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would...
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
Nick Saban, Alabama Football
Ranking all 130 college football head coaches is an impossible task. But with the 2017 season right around the corner, Athlon Sports is continuing its countdown to Week 1 by evaluating all 130 coaches and ranking them from best to worst.  ...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
Nick Holley, Kent State Football
Kent State has gone 3-9 each of the past two seasons, which is one of the reasons why head coach Paul Haynes enters a critical campaign. Despite the record, the Golden Flashes were competitive in most of their MAC games, losing three of them by...
Athlon Sports
5 months ago
Khalil Hodge, Buffalo Football
Buffalo took a step backwards last season, winning just two games after going 5-7 in head coach Lance Leipold’s 2015 debut. The Bulls ranked last in the MAC in points scored and 10th in points allowed per game, so there’s room for...
Athlon Sports
5 months ago
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma Football
The 2017 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The 2017 season features plenty of big names returning to the gridiron, including a standout group of...
Steven Lassan
5 months ago
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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
6 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
6 months ago

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