2010 MId-American Conference: A Look Ahead

David HedlindAnalyst IIMay 9, 2010

To be honest, I can’t find a whole lot of off season news for the Mid-American Conference. But I write on.

First off I think the MAC is pretty well secure as it is without the risk of drastic changes if dominoes start to fall in all this expansion talk. I do not believe that any of the schools have an appealing profile for any other conference.

The fact that they have 13 schools I could see then extending an invitation to perhaps Army to join and make an even 14. I just don’t know if Army is interested in joining a conference.

The Motor City Bowl has become the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and is now a desired bowl for a MAC team. This is where the champion of the conference goes. Actually I guess some times it is here other times the GMAC bowl.

The International bowl has gone belly up and to replace it the MAC has signed with the Humanitarian Bowl.

I think it is a slight down grade to their overall bowl line up where they used to play against Big 10, Big East and Conference USA, they now play Big 10, Sun Belt and WAC.

Central Michigan has been the easy pick to win the conference for the last few years but with the coaching change along with the graduation of quarterback Dan LeFevour, they may not be the all around favorite this year. Dan Enos takes over coming from Michigan State.

Buffalo went from MAC champions to not even being bowl eligible. On top of this they lose their coach. Coach Turner Gill moved up to Kansas so Buffalo brings in Jeff Quinn. Quinn has never been the official head coach of a team though he has coached Central Michigan and Cincinnati in bowl games.

Akron pulls in Rob Ianello who was a Notre Dame, Charlie Weis, assistant. After Weis was let go, Ianello was named the interim coach.

Al Golden has Temple coming up so much so that the school saw fit to sign him to a five year contract. After a solid season and a bowl, the first since 1979, it would appear the Owls are on the right track. Then again many thought the same after 2008 of the Buffalo Bulls.

I am going to say right now I think Northern Illinois vs. Temple championship game is very likely.