This week’s installment of the MAC Blogger Roundtable has Buffalo blog Bull Run posing the questions to the rest of us.
Below the fold you’ll find the questions that were posed to us and our answers, so read on…
1. Who’s the Beast of the East and who’s the Best of the West? Can each division produce a one loss ranked team going into the MAC Championship game and what would that mean for the conference?
It’s getting increasingly difficult to say who the best team in the conference will be at the end of the season. Prior to the Tuesday and Wednesday games, we felt that a one loss Ohio team would probably capture the East title. They still have Kent State on their schedule, but the loss to BGSU on Wednesday certainly shows their vulnerability and leaves the door open for the Kent State squad. In the West, we felt Toledo had a good shot at it with NIU as a challenge on Nov. 14th. But after the loss to Ball State, it’s unclear who the best team in the West will be. UT and NIU seem to be the two teams in the mix still though.
2. Which teams are better than their record and could be a factor in conference play next season.
It’s anybody’s guess with the MAC. Every now and again, we see teams have a successful run only to return to the cellar of the conference. Ball State is likely on the rise again.
3. The Coaching Carousel has started in the SEC with Kentucky. Will any MAC coaches move on to bigger things when the dominoes fall towards the mid majors.
I think the MAC coaches are content where they are right now. It can be tough to move on to a bigger school and conference if they aren’t ready. We’ll fight the urge to point at Turner Gill and instead look at former Toledo coach, Tim Beckman. He had 2 good (not great) seasons at Toledo finishing 8-5 and 9-4 but is really struggling with Illinois right now. We think in order for a MAC coach to move up, he should have several dominating seasons in the MAC to prove he can handle the adversity and volatility that the MAC dishes out.