MAC blogger pre-season poll
I was recently asked to participate in a pre-season poll of MAC bloggers. Altogether 12 bloggers participated, nine representing individual MAC schools and three for the conference as a whole. All the participating bloggers are permanently listed and linked on the sidebar of this site, but for simplicity’s sake they are:
|Blog (Listed alphabetically)||Focus|
|Eastern Michigan Eagles||Eastern Michigan|
|Falcon Blog||Bowling Green|
|Fire Up Chips||Central Michigan|
|Lets go Rockets||Toledo|
|Over The Pylon||Ball State|
|Rasor on the Zips||Akron|
|Red and Black Attack||Northern Illinois|
|Temple Football Forever||Temple|
|The MAC Daily||MAC|
And without any further ado, the MAC blogger pre-season poll results:
While this is moderately interesting in and of itself, I think the most information comes from comparing the blogger poll results to the print journalist poll results.
|East Blog Poll||East Media Day||West Blog Poll||West Media Day|
|1 Temple(10) 97||1 Temple(17) 137||1 NIU (9) 95||1 NIU (15) 115|
|2 Ohio(2) 89||2 Ohio(3) 116||2 Toledo (2) 73||2 CMU(3) 83|
|3 Kent 64||3 Kent 94||3 CMU 62||3 WMU (2) 77|
|4 BGSU 55||4 BGSU 74||4 WMU (1) 58||4 Toledo 75|
|5 Buffalo 44||5 Miami 53||5 Ball State 29||5 Ball State 50|
|6 Akron 11||6 Buffalo 48||6 EMU 2||6 EMU 20|
|7 Miami 10||7 Akron 38|
I notice three key differences here.
In the East Division, print journalists are expecting Miami to improve significantly from last year’s 1-11 (1-7 MAC) season–5th place in the East will probably require a 3-5 conference record, and it’s hard to imagine them winning 3 MAC games without also beating Colorado State for at least a 4-8 record–while bloggers are expecting Miami to remain at the bottom of the East. In the West, bloggers and print journalists agreed (though not unanimously) that Northern Illinois will be the cream of the crop, but print journalists expect the rest of the division to finish in about the same order as last year, while bloggers picked Toledo to improve to a second-place finish. The third difference is that none of the bloggers in the poll expect Central Michigan to win the West, while 3 print journalists expect that despite losing their coach to Cincinnati and their quarterback to the NFL the Chippewas will still manage to win the division.