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The Great Grand Grid Of Game-By-Game Guesstimations

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Starting this blog as a one-man musical in August 2010 did not yield me the requisite time to cobble together dedicated team previews. For this, I apologize and vow that it won't be like this next year. You will, however, be subjected to off-the-cuff predictions of every game involving a MAC team. I'm not a total cad.

And really, it's the only way to go through season predictions. You can't just assert, "yeah, such-and-such team can probably win seven games." Well, they call can win seven. Actually, technically any team can win 12 games. Plus the MAC championship. Plus a bowl game. So, 14 games. Anybody want to go that far off the reservation and say a MAC team will go 14-0?

Predicted wins in bold. Teams against FCS teams in italics. Blank boxes are bye weeks.

MAC East

Akron Zips

Buffalo Bulls

Bowling Green Falcons

Kent State Golden Flashes

Miami RedHawks

OHIO BOBCATS

Temple Owls

Week 1 Syracuse Rhode Island @Troy Murray State @Florida Wofford Villanova
Week 2 Gardner-Webb @Baylor @Tulsa @BC EMU Toledo CMU
Week 3 @Kentucky UCF Marshall @Penn State Colorado State @Ohio State UConn
Week 4 @Indiana @UConn @Michigan   @Missouri @Marshall @Penn State
Week 5 NIU @BGSU Buffalo @Miami Kent State @EMU @Army
Week 6 @Kent State   @OHIO Akron @Cincinnati BGSU @NIU
Week 7 @OHIO @NIU @Temple @Toledo @CMU Akron BGSU
Week 8 WMU Temple Kent State @BGSU OHIO @Miami @Buffalo
Week 9 @Temple Miami @CMU Ball State @Buffalo UL-Lafayette Akron
Week 10 @Ball State @OHIO   Temple   Buffalo @Kent State
Week 11   Ball State Miami Army @BGSU    
Week 12 Miami EMU @Toledo @WMU @Akron @Temple OHIO
Week 13 Buffalo @Akron WMU OHIO Temple @Kent State @Miami
Overall 4-8 4-8 5-7 7-5 3-9 7-5 9-3
Conf 3-5 3-5 4-4 5-3 3-5 5-3 7-1

 

MAC West

Ball State Cardinals

Central Michigan Chippewas

Eastern Michigan Eagles

Northern Illinois Huskies

Toledo Rockets

Western Michigan Broncos

Week 1 SE Missouri Hampton Army @Iowa State Arizona @Michigan State
Week 2 Liberty @Temple @Miami North Dakota @OHIO Nicholls State
Week 3 @Purdue @EMU CMU @Illinois @WMU Toledo
Week 4 @Iowa @Northwestern @Ohio State @Minnesota @Purdue  
Week 5 @CMU Ball State OHIO @Akron Wyoming Idaho
Week 6 WMU @Virginia Tech @Vanderbilt Temple @Boise State @Ball State
Week 7 EMU Miami @Ball State Buffalo Kent State @Notre Dame
Week 8 @Toledo @NIU @Virginia CMU Ball State @Akron
Week 9 @Kent State BGSU Toledo @WMU @EMU NIU
Week 10 Akron WMU     @CMU
Week 11 @Buffalo @Navy @WMU Toledo @NIU EMU
Week 12 NIU   @Buffalo @Ball State BGSU Kent State
Week 13   @Toledo NIU @EMU @CMU @BGSU
Overall 3-9 5-7 1-11 8-4 7-5 6-6
Conf 1-7 4-4 1-7 6-2 6-2 4-4

 

Post-predictive thoughts:

• This is going to be a down year for a bunch of teams, which usually results in parity. Hence, all teams should feel good about this season. Even you, Ball State.
• Astute observers will notice that this makes my conference winners Temple and Toledo. A showdown between TU and UT will decide which is the proper order of those two letters.
• This also gives us seven (six!) bowl-eligible teams. But no more than five -- and probably four -- will get the additional ceremonial postseason opponent.
• I had "Michigan" under the BG column in bold, briefly. Just to see what it would feel like. Then I unbolded myself back to reality.
• In about two weeks I'm going to hate some of these picks. Okay ... all of them.
• Formatting tables is a highly-irritable succubus.

What are your predictions, for some or all teams? Exactly how full of baloney are these tables?