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Belt Loops: Which second-year head coach will have a breakout season?

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Following subpar debut seasons in Ypsilanti and Oxford, are Chris Creighton and Chuck Martin poised to follow Dino Babers' footsteps to success in the MAC?

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The MAC saw three new head coaches last season with the arrival of Dino Babers at Bowling Green, Chris Creighton at Eastern Michigan, and Chuck Martin at Miami (not counting Mark Whipple at UMass as it is his second stint as the head coach of the Minutemen). The reputation of the three men preceded them with Babers' prolific offenses at Eastern Illinois, Creighton's eight conference titles at Drake, and Martin appearing in seven national title games as an assistant and head coach. However, Babers was the only one who exceeded two wins in 2014 as he led a talented Falcons team to eight wins and a MAC East title.

Creighton and Martin are both trying to change the respective cultures of their programs following a disastrous tenure by a former B1G coordinator (Ron English at EMU and Don Treadwell at Miami). While Creigton seems to be having success with developing players with two All-MAC honorees on defense in 2014, Martin is looking to turn the tide in Oxford through recruiting, as Miami had the #3-rated recruiting class in the conference according to Rivals. In a twist of fate for these coaches who came into the league at the same time, they will be on opposing sidelines in Oxford on November 7.

Now MAC fans, who do you think is in a better position to break through in 2015? Comment below whether you are #TeamCreighton or #TeamMartin and why you think so as these coaches continue to duke it out to rise to the pinnacle of #MACtion.