Thursday, 22 July 2010 7:29 P.M.
and Northern Illinois are Favored in 2010 MAC Conference
courtesy of the Mid-American Conference (MAC)
-- The head football coaches of the Mid-American Conference
were all optimistic. The media voters predicted that Temple would
win in the East and Northern Illinois would win the West. This was
all part of Football Media Day at Ford Field where the MAC Championship
will be played on Friday, December 3.
Michigan and Western Michigan will be competitive but it looks like
a long season for Eastern Michigan. The Eagles failed to win a game
last year and prospects look dim with a tough schedule on the horizon.
EMU hosts Army on September 4, at 7:00 PM at Rynearson Stadium in
Ypsilanti for their home opener.
quarterback Alex Gillett will share time with redshirt freshman
Devontae Payne. Payne stands at 6’6” and is more of
a traditional pocket passer than Gillett. The Eagles are expecting
the defense to be led by senior Latarius Thomas.
Michigan finds itself in a rebuilding position this season. The
Chippewas have had four consecutive outstanding seasons. They have
played in four straight bowl games and have had a 27-4 record in
MAC games. Former quarterback Dan LeFevour, is now with the Chicago
Bears. His top two receivers have also moved on.
Chippewas in a predicament this year? Not according to Central Michigan
linebacker Nick Bellore. He said, "We know we have our work
cut out for us, and people will think we won't have a great season
because we lost so and so ... but we have a really talented group
and a lot of parts left from the championship teams.” Bellore
anchored the CMU defense last year.
Michigan returns 34 letterwinners, including four All-MAC selections.
The Broncos also return 15 starters, with seven on offense and six
on defense. It is a good core to build around. Wide receiver Jordan
White and safety Jamail Berry are expected to be front and center.
Robert Eddins from Ball State was one of the featured student-athletes.
He is a 6-3 defensive end from Detroit Crocket. Eddins started all
12 games last year.
feature sophomore running back Bernard Pierce who had 16 rushing
touchdowns last year. Coach Al Golden has eight All-Mac selections
returning this year. They are an experienced team with 16 starters
coming back from a 9-4 year.
Illinois has All-MAC runner Chad Spann highlighting the offense.
The senior had 19 touchdowns last season. The Huskies will boast
17 starters from last year.
be three new head coaches this year, Rob Ianello at Akron, Dan Enos
at Central Michigan and Jeff Quinn at Buffalo.
first time in its 64-year history, the MAC will have five bowl relationships—three
primary and two secondary—for the next four football seasons
(2010-2013). The MAC’s three primary bowl agreements are with
the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl (Detroit, Mich.), GMAC Bowl
(Mobile, Ala.) and Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl (Boise, Ida.).
The primary agreement with the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl replaces
the International Bowl, which hosted the MAC’s No. 3 selection
the past four years (2006-09) in Toronto, Ont., Canada. The Little
Caesar’s Pizza Bowl will have the MAC’s No. 1 selection
in 2010 and 2012, with the GMAC Bowl having the No. 1 selection
in 2011 and 2013. The Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl will own the
MAC’s third selection of bowl eligible teams all four years.
the MAC has secured two secondary agreements over the next four
years with the Papajohns.com Bowl (2010-2013), the Dallas Football
Classic (2010 and 2012) and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (formerly
the Emerald Bowl)/San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl/New
Mexico Bowl (2011 and 2013).
fourth consecutive season, ESPN Regional Television and the Mid-American
Conference have announced a six-week regionally syndicated football
package that will air in 24 television markets, including Chicago;
Philadelphia; Detroit; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Cincinnati; Indianapolis;
Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Buffalo. The package will consist of six
weeks of MAC conference and non-conference matchups, beginning Saturday,
native Michael Reghi will call the action each week with analyst
Doug Chapman. Chapman who was a running back for the Minnesota Vikings
was the MVP in the 1999 Motor City Bowl with Marshall.
A game of
great interest will be the CMU –EMU matchup on September 18,
at 4:00 PM at Rynearson. EMU season tickets are available starting
at $35, www.emueagles.com.
'Game of the Week' Schedule (All Times Noon ET)
of Connecticut at Temple
University at Eastern Michigan
at Northern Illinois -AND-
Michigan at Ball State (Split Network)
(OH) at Central Michigan
Illinois at Western Michigan