2013 Pre-Preseason MAC East Rankings
Ohio QB Tyler Tettleton
Ohio QB Tyler Tettleton
Posted Jan 21, 2013

The too early look at how good the MAC East teams should be in 2013.

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It might seem way too early, but considering the returning starters and the teams coming back, where does everyone stand before Signing Day and spring ball? Here's CFN's first look at all the teams for 2013 based on how good they appear to be at the moment. 
1. Bowling Green (8-5)

Right tackle Jordon Roussos. That's the only starter gone from an offense that sputtered and struggled all season long, but has the tools to do far more. Can quarterback Matt Schilz step up his play and be more efficient? Running back Anthon Samuel is a nice piece to work around, running behind a strong veteran line that was terrific in pass protection last season. The good 2012 was built all around the MAC's best defense that finished sixth in the nation in yards allowed. Heart-and-soul linebacker Dwayne Woods is gone along with all-star defensive tackle Chris Jones, but the other nine starters are back. The special teams needs some work, but punter Brian Schmiedebusch is a good one coming off a down season.

2. Ohio (9-4)

Can the Bobcats be the team that rocked over the first half of the season and in the bowl win over ULM, or will it be the version that inexplicably struggled over the second half of the year? Quarterback Tyler Tettleton returns to lead a loaded offense with eight starters returning. The line has to replace two starters, but that's the only real issue. Top target Donte Foster is back along with pounding running back Beau Blankenship. The defense is a slight issue losing six starters including three on the line and playmaking safety Gerald Moore, but Keith Moore is back in the middle of the linebacking corps and there's enough depth to fill in the holes.

3. Buffalo (4-8)

The Bulls got off to an awful start but won three of their last four. Now the offense has to start producing, especially through the air, with ten starters returning including all the quarterback options. Alex Neutz is among the MAC's best receivers, but the key to the attack needs to be a healthy Branden Oliver and a running game that relied too much on the quarterbacks. Seven starters are back on defense led by linebacker Khalil Mack, who deserves preseason All-America consideration. All four starters are back in a secondary that finished second in the MAC in pass defense.

4. Kent State (11-3)

New head coach Paul Haynes has a tough act to follow. Not only are the Golden Flashes coming off their greatest season in school history, but they have a ton of work to do. The defense that was second in the MAC loses seven starters but gets back Roosevelt Nix up front. The loss of Dana Brown on the nose and Luke Batton will hurt, but the departure of three starters in the secondary will be a bigger problem. Dir archer is back to be the main man for a ground game that should be terrific, but David Fisher and Colin Reardon have to replace at quarterback Spencer Keith and three starters are gone up front.

5. Miami University (4-8)

How quickly can the team get past the big collapse? After losing the final four games and six of the last seven, the RedHawks have to gear it back up in a hurry around Austin Boucher, a good, veteran quarterback who should have no problems taking over for Zac Dysert. The offensive line couldn't block anyone, but it was a young group that welcomes back four starters. Nick Harwell leads an outstanding receiving corps and starting running back Jamire Westbrook returns. The second-worst run defense in the nation needs better play out of Mwanza Wamulumba and Wesley Scott up front, and a pass rush has to emerge from some new sources on the outside. Three starters are back in the secondary and both kickers return.

6. Akron (1-11)

The first year of the Terry Bowden era had its moments with lots of passing and some big numbers, but the only win came against Morgan State. The defense wasn't miserable, but it didn't generate any pressure and now needs Alfonso Horner and the young front four to shine. Seven starters are back on defense, but the linebacking corps needs work. Bomber Dalton Williams is gone, so now it's up to Kyle Pohl to be the main man for the potentially loaded attack. The right side of the line has to be replaced, but almost all the key playmakers, including running back Jawon Chisholm, return.

7.Massachusetts (1-11)

It was a rough, rough first season at the FBS level with just one lonely win over Akron, and it's still going to take some time and effort to get the program to a competitive place. Six starters are gone off an offense that fizzled all season long, cranking out more than 22 points just once. The quarterback situation between A.J. Doyle and Mike Wegzyn has to be settled, and more dangerous weapons have to emerge in a rebuilt receiving corps. The defense struggled way too much to get off the field, and now it has to fill in the gaps in the interior and loses middle linebacker Perry McIntyre. Three starters are back in the secondary.

- 2013 MAC West Rankings