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2013 MAC East Schedule Breakdown
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Posted Mar 1, 2013


Breakdowns and analysis of each MAC East schedule.


2013 MAC Schedules

East Schedules

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- What Every Team Needs To Work On  
- MAC East Schedule Breakdown
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- MAC Composite Schedule Breakdown
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Toughest Schedules
Based on home games as well as who the teams play. when. From toughest to easiest ...
 
EAST
1. UMass
2. Bowling Green
3. Kent State
4. Akron
5. Buffalo
6. Miami Univ.
7. Ohio

WEST
1. Toledo
2. Eastern Michigan
3. Central Michigan
4. Northern Illinois
5. Western Michigan
6. Ball State
East

Akron

Non-Conference Games: at UCF, James Madison, at Michigan, Louisiana
Games Against The West: Ball State, at Northern Illinois, Toledo
Realistic Best Case Record: 4-8
Worst Case Record: 0-12
Likely Finish: 1-11

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: James Madison

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at UCF, at Michigan, Louisiana, at Bowling Green, Ohio, at Northern Illinois, at Miami Univ., Ball State, Kent State, at UMass, Toledo

Summary: Even though the Zips should be better, the record might not reflect it with no sure wins. James Madison won’t be a typical FCS layup, and the easiest FBS game against UMass is on the road. However, the game against the Minutemen comes in November with two weeks to prepare. Five of the first seven games are on the road including dates at USC, Michigan, Bowling Green and Northern Illinois that could all get extremely ugly. Three of the last four games are at home, but Ball State, Kent State and Toledo will be strong.

2013 Schedule
8/29 at UCF
9/7 James Madison
9/14 at Michigan
9/21 Louisiana
9/28 at Bowling Green
10/5 Ohio
10/12 at Northern Illinois
10/19 at Miami Univ.
10/26 Ball State
11/2 Kent State
11/9 at UMass
11/16 OPEN DATE
11/23 OPEN DATE
11/29 Toledo

Bowling Green

Non-Conference Games: Tulsa, at Indiana, Murray State, at Mississippi State
Games Against The West: Toledo, at Eastern Michigan
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 8-4

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: at Kent State, Murray State, Akron, UMass, Toledo, at Miami Univ., at Eastern Michigan, at Buffalo

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: Tulsa, at Indiana, at Mississippi State, Ohio

Summary: This should be a good Falcon team, but it’ll be tested right away with a potential battle against Tulsa and followed up by a road trip against Kent State in the conference opener and a fight at Indiana. Home games against Murray State, Akron and UMass should provide a nice base of wins before having to deal with a trip to Mississippi State. November finishes up with three road games in the final four and the home game against Ohio could decide the East.

2013 Schedule
8/29 Tulsa
9/7 at Kent State
9/14 at Indiana
9/21 Murray State
9/28 Akron
10/5 UMass
10/12 at Mississippi State
10/19 OPEN DATE
10/26 Toledo
11/5 at Miami Univ.
11/12 Ohio
11/16 OPEN DATE
11/23 at Eastern Michigan
11/29 at Buffalo

Buffalo

Non-Conference Games: at Ohio State, at Baylor, Stony Brook, Connecticut
Games Against The West: Eastern Michigan, at Western Michigan
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Worst Case Record: 3-9
Likely Finish: 4-8

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Stony Brook, Eastern Michigan, UMass, Ohio

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Ohio State, at Baylor, Connecticut, at Western Michigan, at Kent State, at Toledo, Bowling Green

Summary: After catching a beating at Ohio State and Baylor to start out the year, the Bulls get a break with Stony Brook in the home opener followed up by a potentially interesting upset shot against Connecticut. Eastern Michigan is a must win to start the MAC season followed up by a road trip to Western Michigan and another winnable home game against UMass. And then comes the nastiest conference stretch on the slate with three road games in four weeks and the lone home game coming against Ohio. Closing out at home against Bowling Green won’t be easy.

2013 Schedule
8/31 at Ohio State
9/7 at Baylor
9/14 Stony Brook
9/21 OPEN DATE
9/28 Connecticut
10/5 Eastern Michigan
10/12 at Western Michigan
10/19 UMass
10/26 at Kent State
11/5 Ohio
11/12 at Toledo
11/19 at Miami
11/23 OPEN DATE
11/29 Bowling Green

Kent State

Non-Conference Games: Liberty, at LSU, at Penn State, at South Alabama
Games Against The West: at Ball State, Northern Illinois
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 5-7

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Liberty, at South Alabama, Buffalo, at Akron, Miami Univ.

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: Bowling Green, at LSU, at Penn State, at Western Michigan, Northern Illinois, at Ball State, at Ohio

Summary: Liberty is a nice and breezy way to start out the year, but it gets extremely ugly very fast. The Golden Flashes get an awful break of facing two of the toughest teams from the West – Ball State and Northern Illinois, but that’s not nearly as bad as going to LSU and Penn State in early September. To make matters worse, the NIU showdown is the only home date in a run of six with Ball State and South Alabama coming after the MAC championship rematch. Fortunately, Buffalo, at Akron and Miami University should allow for a bit of a breather before closing out at Ohio.

2013 Schedule
8/29 Liberty
9/7 Bowling Green
9/14 at LSU
9/21 at Penn State
9/28 at Western Michigan
10/5 Northern Illinois
10/12 at Ball State
10/19 at South Alabama
10/26 Buffalo
11/2 at Akron
11/9 OPEN DATE
11/13 Miami Univ.
11/19 at Ohio
11/30 OPEN DATE

Massachusetts

Non-Conference Games: at Wisconsin, Maine, at Kansas State, Vanderbilt
Games Against The West: at Central Michigan, Western Michigan
Realistic Best Case Record: 4-8
Worst Case Record: 0-12
Likely Finish: 2-10

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Maine, Akron

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Wisconsin, at Kansas State, Vanderbilt, at Bowling Green, Miami Univ., at Buffalo, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois, at Central Michigan, at Ohio

Summary: The Minutemen have to beat Maine early on, and they have to take advantage of a November home game against Akron. Outside of those two, it’s tough to find many chances for wins. Road games against Wisconsin and Kansas State won’t be pretty and a home date against Vanderbilt isn’t exactly a break. After starting out the season at Bowling Green, four of the next five games are at home – a major luxury for a MAC team. However, closing out at Central Michigan and Ohio will be rough.

2013 Schedule
8/31 at Wisconsin
9/7 Maine
9/14 at Kansas State
9/21 Vanderbilt
9/28 OPEN DATE
10/5 at Bowling Green
10/12 Miami Univ.
10/19 at Buffalo
10/26 Western Michigan
11/2 Northern Illinois
11/9 OPEN DATE
11/16 Akron
11/23 at Central Michigan
11/29 at Ohio

Miami University

Non-Conference Games: at Marshall, at Kentucky, Cincinnati, at Illinois
Games Against The West: at Ball State, Central Michigan
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Worst Case Record: 2-10
Likely Finish: 4-8

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Central Michigan, at UMass, Akron, Buffalo

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Marshall, at Kentucky, Cincinnati, at Illinois, at Ohio, Bowling Green, at Kent State, at Ball State

Summary: It’s going to be a bit rough, especially after starting out with three road games against Marshall, Kentucky and Illinois before October. Making matters worse is the one September home game is against Cincinnati. If the RedHawks can get past Central Michigan in the MAC opener, there’s a chance to come up with a nice conference start with a trip to UMass and a date against Akron to follow. And then come the big problems with road trips to Ohio and Kent State wrapped around a home game with Bowling Green. Finishing out at Ball State could make or break the season.

2013 Schedule
8/31 at Marshall
9/7 at Kentucky
9/14 OPEN DATE
9/21 Cincinnati
9/28 at Illinois
10/5 Central Michigan
10/12 at UMass
10/19 Akron
10/26 at Ohio
11/5 Bowling Green
11/13 at Kent State
11/19 Buffalo
11/23 OPEN DATE
11/29 at Ball State

Ohio

Non-Conference Games: at Louisville, North Texas, Marshall, Austin Peay
Games Against The West: Central Michigan, at Eastern Michigan
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 9-3

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: North Texas, Marshall, Austin Peay, at Akron, Central Michigan, at Eastern Michigan, Miami Univ., Kent State, UMass

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Louisville, at Buffalo, at Bowling Green

Summary: Ohio was able to shock the world with a win over Penn State to start 2012, can it come up with a win at Louisville to kick off 2013? Three home games in a row against North Texas, Marshall and Austin Peay should make up for the tough start, and then there’s a two week break before going to Akron to start MAC play. A run of four road games in six weeks would normally be tough, but getting away to face Akron, Eastern Michigan and Buffalo isn’t that bad. However, finishing off the stretch by going to Bowling Green won’t be fun. Finishing up with Kent State at home and UMass on the road shouldn’t be bad.

2013 Schedule
8/31 at Louisville
9/7 North Texas
9/14 Marshall
9/21 Austin Peay
9/28 OPEN DATE
10/5 at Akron
10/12 Central Michigan
10/19 at Eastern Michigan
10/26 Miami Univ.
11/5 at Buffalo
11/9 OPEN DATE
11/12 at Bowling Green
11/19 Kent State
11/29 at UMass

2013 MAC Pre-Spring Preview
- Why Every Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Team Should Be Grouchy
- What Every Team Needs To Work On  
- MAC East Schedule Breakdown
- MAC West Schedule Breakdown
- MAC Composite Schedule Breakdown
- 2013 MAC Pre-Preseason Rankings