MAC Offseason Lookback & Lookaheads
Kent State RB Eugene Jarvis
Kent State RB Eugene Jarvis
Posted Feb 23, 2010

Check out the 2009 Lookback & 2010 early pre-spring Lookahead for each MAC team. (Click on each team for its expanded Lookback & Lookahead.

Spring 2010

Lookbacks & Lookaheads ... MAC

- 2010 MAC Pre-Preseason Rankings
- 2010 MAC Recruiting Rankings 

Click on each team for the 2009 Lookback & 2010 Lookahead
East  Akron | Bowling Green | Buffalo | Kent State | Miami Univ. | Ohio | Temple
Ball State | Central Mich | Eastern Mich | Northern Illinois | Toledo | West Michigan


Akron  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
Being in the East is always a major plus. Temple should be good again and Ohio will be fine, but Bowling Green will be rebuilding a bit. In other words, it shouldn't take much to get a few extra wins and be a player in the East race. Eight starters return on defense, and even though the offense needs a ton of work to merely be decent, seven starters are back including the entire backfield and three starters up front.

Bowling Green  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
This is a good coaching staff that knows how to get production and wins out of the talent in place. Head coach Dave Clawson isn't a top coaching star quite yet, but he's on the radar to become a candidate for bigger things in the next few years. On the field, the defense had to rely on some undersized freshmen last season at tackle, but now the interior returns intact while Angelo Magnone is a promising player on the end.

Buffalo  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
Jeff Quinn is coming into a nice situation with Turner Gill doing a strong job in recruiting over the last few seasons. There's a strong group of receivers on its way, and while they might take a little while to be ready, they might have to be thrown to the wolves right away. The defense should be every bit as strong as it was in its MAC title season, but it's going to have to come up with more takeaways to do it.

Miami University  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
Veterans. This was a young team last year and now there should be decent battles for several spots with backup possibilities pushing the starters from the end of the season. The secondary was the team's biggest plus last year, and it gets three starters back.

Kent State  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
With Keith, Morgan, RBs Eugene Jarvis, Jacquise Terry and Andre Flowers, and dangerous young receivers in Kendrick Pressley and Tyshon Goode, there's no question the offense has the potential to be far, far more dangerous after struggling to find some explosion. The defensive system is one of the best when it comes to getting into the backfield, and even if the D isn't better overall, the sacks and the tackles for loss will be there.

Ohio  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
Getting Boo Jackson back is step one. If he can stay healthy, he'll make up for several other issues and the loss of WR Taylor Price and RB Chris Garrett. The defense gets back the entire front four, the offense welcomes back dangerous outside target LaVon Brazill, and the special teams get back first team All-MAC kicker Matthew Weller, while three good starters are back up on the offensive front led by all-star right tackle Joe Flading. Schedule-wise, there's a good chance for at least two wins in the first four games starting at home with Wofford and Louisiana-Lafayette before going to Ohio State. A Little Caesars Bowl rematch with Marshall is winnable.

Temple  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
Last season wasn't a fluke. Temple had consistently brought in some of the MAC's best recruiting classes over the last few years, and the shelves are stockpiled with good local talent. Besides having Pierce back in the mix, lightning-quick Matt Brown is there to back him up, four starters are back on the offensive line, only two starters are gone off the offense, and the defense should have the best front four by far if a decent nose tackle can be found to replace Andre Neblett.


Ball State  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
The Cardinals should match their 2009 win total by September 11th playing Southeast Missouri State and Liberty in the first two games. The team is loaded with veterans with nine starters returning on offense and eight on defense along with both kickers. There's still a lot of work to be done on both sides of the ball to get to mediocre, but it'll be a shock if the team isn't far, far better.

Central Michigan  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
The O line should be fantastic. The Chippewas were second in the MAC and 20th in the nation in sacks allowed, and they did a good job of getting a running game even when it wasn't LeFevour carrying it. Bryan Schroeder is a decent back who should shine with more work. The defense doesn't lose all its stars. Sean Murnane is a strong tackle to solidify the interior, while Nick Bellore has MAC Defensive Player of the Year potential.

Eastern Michigan  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
Call 2009 a tune-up. The coaching staff was getting its feet wet, several young players were thrown to the wolves, and the depth was able to be developed just enough to come up with a decent pecking order and depth chart. Alex Gillett got a trial by fire and he showed decent potential if he gets some weapons around him. Dwayne Priest showed flashed of being a back who can carry the offense at times.

Northern Illinois  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
Nine starters return on offense, including the backfield tandem of Chad Spann and Me'co Brown, along with QB Chandler Harnish, while nine starters are back on defense. Basically, the team is loaded. Absolutely loaded. While there are three road games early on in the non-conference schedule, if last year's NIU team could beat Purdue last year, this year's team should be able to get at least one win against Iowa State, Illinois, and Minnesota. Beating North Dakota at home is a must.

Toledo  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
Austin Dantin is a decent quarterback option to step in and take over for Aaron Opelt, and he has a good back to hand off to in Morgan Williams and an all-star sophomore receiver to throw to in Eric Page. Most importantly, the O has a good line to work around with four starters returning. The defense isn't going to be a rock, but it has just enough experience to be better with the lumps taken by playing three underclassmen in the secondary should pay off.

Western Michigan Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
Experience. The Bronco defense hasn't stopped anyone in years, and having all the starters back didn't matter much two seasons ago, but the 2010 D is full of veterans with eight starters returning including three in the secondary and three on the front line. The offense might lose Tim Hiller and RB Brandon West, the NCAA's all-time all-purpose leader in total yards, but four starters return on the offensive front and Jordan White and Robert Arnheim form an excellent 1-2 receiving combo.