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  1. http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=List_of_current_CFBHC_Coaches Updated 3/21/17. Current list of available teams: AAC: Tulsa Golden Hurricane ACC: Syracuse Orange CUSA: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, UTEP Miners Independent: Army Black Knights, Georgia State Panthers (EDIT: ladykiller logged in 3/21) MAC: Bowling Green Falcons MWC: Utah State Aggies
  2. Bumping, Thurman is still present on the boards.
  3. This was definitely worth the wait, and I know deathcpo would agree. This is an incredible series, I love reading these. Keep it up!
  4. You're approved for Kent State! It is currently the CFBHC offseason, but this will give you ample time to follow the steps below, set up your team's Wiki pages, and plan your recruiting. Your roster has not yet been progressed for the upcoming season. When it is done you can find the updated roster here. Once you have that you can create your depth chart with redshirts and post that here. Register to create an account on the interface here. That's where we handle scheduling, gameplanning, and recruiting. Get it switched over to Kent State by requesting it as your CFBHC team. (If you wish to join in College Basketball you can also sign up for Kent State's CBBHC team). Please politely request the Kent State avatar here. We expect you to handle the Wiki page for Kent State. Descreto's Blog is extremely helpful if you need help. The Mid-American Conference has an active media presence. We would like you to participate in polls, power rankings, etc. when they are posted, and you are more than welcome to create your own media if you wish! Quick questions can usually be answered in the Coaching Course. If you have any further questions, concerns, or comments don't hesitate to PM me or ask in the shout box. Finally, please do remember that if you go inactive on the forum over 14 days without letting your commissioner know beforehand, you may lose your team to someone else. Welcome to the MAC!
  5. Welcome TazerMan! You have been sent some questions to answer as part of the application process.
  6. John McMurtry, touchdown vulture. Sorry to whoever drafted Blacknall or (former ROTY) Rambo.
  7. http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=List_of_current_CFBHC_Coaches Updated 2/19/2017. Available teams: AAC: Tulsa C-USA: La Tech, MTSU MAC: Bowling Green, Kent State
  8. This turned out so much better than I could have possibly expected. Incredible work Caesari, I'm really looking forward to the rest of your pieces! (I'm really going to miss Taylor when he's gone)
  9. We know, you came here for the power rankings. (Sorry, nothing with #MACtion Jenny jumping into chilly water while wearing a bikini. We're disappointed too.) But why don't we first take quick looks back at the bowl games with MAC participants? January 18th, 2017 Bahamas Bowl: Western Michigan 23, USF 17 MVP: Sean Taylor, CB (WMU): 1 Interception return for a TD. It was over when: Three Ralph Phillips field goals took WMU’s lead from 14-0 to 23-3, avoiding the dreaded 21-3 curse. Buoyed by the Taylor pick-six, the Broncos jumped out to a 17-0 lead midway through the second quarter. The Bulls pulled to within a score with 6:28 to go but couldn’t find a way to score a touchdown in the time left. Both teams did a good job of keeping the other’s main offensive weapons in check, but the slowed and grindy nature of the game favored Western Michigan. Winning the field position battle put the Broncos in better shape to have more scoring drives than USF, and they cashed in. Independence Bowl: Notre Dame 41, Central Michigan 28 MVP: Tyler Dotson, TE (ND): 10 receptions for 180 yards, 3 TDs. It was over when: Tyler Dotson caught his third TD pass with just under six minutes to play, extending the Fighting Irish’s lead to two scores. The game was much closer than the final score indicates – CMU even had the lead in the third quarter on Justin Brunson’s second touchdown run. But the Chips defense never found answers for QB D.K. Bates (27 of 38 for 309 yds, 3/0 TD/INT) and Dotson, and Walt Sutherland’s magic ran out. Central Michigan did not make this game easy on themselves. While the scoreboard stayed tight, some of the Chips’ underlying metrics were worrisome. Their 3rd down conversion struggles (2 for 13) continued and an exhausted CMU defense allowed big statistical rushing and passing days, finally breaking late in the second half. January 22nd, 2017 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Ohio 41, Fresno State 14 MVP: Owen Walton, RB (OHIO): 26 receptions for 128 yards, 2 TDs. (Or is it Dacder for not realizing he could coach this game for the Bulldogs?) It was over when: Timmy Wilhelm kicked a 38-yard field goal as the clock hit zeroes, putting a bow on a dominant 31-7 first half for the Bobcats. Most outside observers figured this would be a showcase for Sam Hiller-Weeden (and he did have a good game), but they were forcibly introduced to Owen. Freaking. WALTON. It’s a shame that Fresno State was effectively coachless, this could have been a really thrilling game. #FireDacder On the other hand it was a convincing statement for the MAC champions, who had plenty of doubters. Even Stephen Peters had a really good game! (for him!) Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 Texas Bowl: Rutgers 24, Buffalo 6 MVP: Elijah Moffett, QB (RUT): 20 of 25 for 315 yards, 3/1 TD/INT It was over when: Elijah Moffett’s five-yard touchdown pass to Ali Crosby gave the Scarlet Knights a 21-6 lead late in the third, forcing Buffalo to move out of their comfort zone. This meant that Stephen Coates had double-digit passing attempts. MAC observers know nothing good happens when Stephen Coates is forced to throw more than 9 passes. (5 of 12 for 61 yards, 0/2 TD/INT) MAMADOU SMASH was downgraded to Mamadou Smash, held to his lowest yardage total of the season. Elijah “The Prophet” Moffett took a little bit to get going but once he did he lit up the Buffalo defense. Rutgers did to the Bulls what almost no other team has done this season; impose their will on Buffalo and hold them to season lows in virtually every game metric. Saturday, January 28th, 2017 Miami Beach Bowl: SMU 30, Toledo 18 MVP: Dean Burkhart, WR (SMU): 8 receptions for 123 yards, 1 TD It was over when: SMU’s Adam Young intercepted Benjamin Hanson late in the fourth to preserve a two-score SMU lead. We know the game situations warranted throwing the ball more, but that’s two games in a row that Gabe Ciamo carried the ball less than 20 times. Was Hanson pressing too much over these last few games? Full credit to a tough SMU defense that held the Rockets to just 4 of 14 on third-down conversions. Congrats to the MAC winners, and commiserations for the MAC non-winners. But enough of these bowl recaps, they're not what you're here for. Without further ado, the final MAC Power Rankings for 2019! MAC Final Power Rankings 2019 Post-Bowl Rank (Poll Pts.) Team (First Place Votes) Record (Conf. Record) Streak Change from Last Week 1 (81) Ohio Bobcats (4) 9-5 (6-2) W2 +3 2 (77) Toledo Rockets (3) 10-4 (6-2) L2 -1 3 (71) Western Michigan Broncos 10-3 (6-1) W4 -1 4 (64) Buffalo Bulls 8-5 (4-2) L1 -1 5 (57) Central Michigan Chippewas 6-7 (4-3) L2 -1 6 (43) Eastern Michigan Eagles 5-7 (3-4) L1 +2 7-tie (36) Akron Zips 5-7 (3-4) W1 -1 7-tie (36) Kent State Golden Flashes 5-7 (4-3) L1 -1 9 (29) Northern Illinois Huskies 4-8 (2-5) W1 +1 10 (28) Bowling Green Falcons 4-8 (1-6) L4 -1 11 (15) Miami (OH) Redhawks 2-10 (2-5) L5 - 12 (9) Ball State Cardinals 1-11 (1-6) L2 - A team received 12 points for 1st, 11 points for 2nd, etc. Number of voters: 7! Le roi est mort, vive le roi! For the first time all season Toledo is not on top of the MAC Power Rankings. They were supplanted by conference champion Ohio. But despite the Rockets' two-game losing streak, they are still a very good team - enough that quite a few voters still put them at first. The race for first was the closest between the top two teams, after accounting for the number of voters. Everyone else at the top moves down one. Somewhat surprisingly Eastern Michigan leads up the second tier of teams, ahead of Akron and Kent State. It's likely due to the fact that EMU looks to be in a better spot than the other two moving forward (better recruiting class than Akron, has a coach while Kent St. doesn't). Meanwhile it somehow doesn't surprise that the Zips and Golden Flashes tied. Finishing up, NIU moves ahead of Bowling Green. It's been an honor and a pleasure to put these together for you. We'll be back soon, ready to put out more charts of dubious value! Thank you and until next time, remember: "If it's not MAC, it's wack!"
  10. Thanks! For as long as I had been staring at my monitor, I was bound to miss some stuff. Appreciate the help!
  11. Western Michigan is ready to have their wiki work checked. Team page: http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Western_Michigan_Broncos 2020 Season page: http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=2020_Western_Michigan_Broncos_season Team navbox: http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Template:Western_Michigan_Broncos_football Starting QB Navbox: http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Template:Western_Michigan_Broncos_quarterback_navbox Current Players and HS/CC(7): http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Kareem_Boykin http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Mercer_County_Community_College http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Donovan_Jackson http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Warren_Central_High_School http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Jaylin_McQueen http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Wheaton_North_High_School http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Gabriel_Shields http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Owendale-Gagetown_High_School http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Chase_Sims http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Paoli_High_School http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Sean_Taylor http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Edgewood_High_School http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Josh_Whitt http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=East_High_School Previous players and HS/CC(5): http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Ian_Braden http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Middlesex_County_College http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Steven_Field http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=H.J._Robichaud_High_School http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Emmanuel_Fields http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Northland_CTC http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Thierno_Mingo http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Wayne_County_Community_College http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Ralph_Phillips http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Brown_City_Community_High_School Rivalries & Trophies: http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Central_Michigan–Western_Michigan_football_rivalry http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Eastern_Michigan–Western_Michigan_football_rivalry http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Toledo–Western_Michigan_football_rivalry http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Michigan_MAC_Trophy Conference navbox (Non-team links under construction): http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Template:Mid-American_Conference_football_navbox
  12. I know the feeling, I was close to the same when I came over. But the wait is worth it, I have a lot more fun here - I barely check on DeepRoute these days.
  13. You're approved for Northern Illinois! It is currently the CFBHC offseason, but this will give you ample time to follow the steps below, set up your team's Wiki pages, and plan your recruiting. Your roster has already been progressed and updated to include your new recruits, so you can start planning your depth chart and redshirts already! The roster is here. You cannot post your official depth chart until the 2020 CFBHC subforum is created but this gives you time to study your roster and plan your recruiting. Register to create an account on the interface. That's where we handle scheduling, gameplanning, and recruiting. Get it switched over to NIU by requesting it as your team. Please politely request the NIU avatar here. We expect you to handle the Wiki page for Northern Illinois. Descreto's Blog is extremely helpful if you need help. The Mid-American Conference has an active media presence. We would like you to participate in polls, power rankings, etc. when they are posted, and you are more than welcome to create your own media if you wish! Quick questions can usually be answered in the Coaching Course. If you have any further questions, concerns, or comments don't hesitate to PM me or ask in the shout box. Finally, please do remember that if you go inactive on the forum over 14 days without letting your commissioner know beforehand, you may lose your team to someone else. Welcome to the MAC!
  14. Pretty much, yeah. You set your depth chart on this site, gameplanning and recruiting is done on the interface, and game results also show up here. Here's the CFBHC national championship game from last season:
  15. You're approved for Central Michigan! It is currently the CFBHC offseason, but this will give you ample time to set up your team's Wiki pages and plan your recruiting. Go here and make a new thread entitled "Central Michigan Chippewas". Feel free to decorate it with pictures, stats, and other trivia of your team and school. Soluna will post your updated roster into that thread when he gets time. Register to create an account on the interface. That's where we handle scheduling, gameplanning, and recruiting. Get it switched over to CMU by requesting it as your team. Please politely request the CMU avatar here. We expect you to handle the Wiki page for Central Michigan. Descreto's Blog is extremely helpful if you need help. The MAC has an active media presence. We would like you to participate in polls, etc. when they are posted, and you are more than welcome to create your own media if you wish! Quick questions can usually be answered in the Coaching Course. If you have any further questions, concerns, or comments don't hesitate to PM me or ask in the shout box. Welcome back to CFBHC, and welcome to the MAC! (P.S. Change your signature)
  16. I saw the Players' Tribune tag and I was hoping it would be an article like this. Excellent work, Slinky!
  17. February 3, 2017 In what is hopefully the first of many to come, the Mid-American Conference watched with pride as one of our own was finally picked in the first round. Congratulations to Bowling Green defensive end Isaiah Hall, as he gets to prove himself with the Kansas City Chiefs! KC traded up to get his rights after New Orleans selected Hall with the 27th overall pick. Glad to see you doing this on Sundays, Isaiah. Just... not too many against Denver, okay? Isaiah Hall Career Highlights (2 years): 65 Tackles 14.5 Sacks 1 Fumble Forced 1 Fumble Recovered 2018 Second Team All-MAC 2019 First Team All-MAC 2019 MAC Defensive Player of the Year 2019 Lott Award Winner Again, congratulations to Hall and all the other MAC players he joins in the NFL (Fields pls) and those who will follow Hall into the NFL this weekend and weekends to come! Because! New! Day Rocks! Wait. There we go.
  18. Thanks for your interest! To formally apply for a school, please read through these two posts and follow the directions here: http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=CFBHC_Coaching_Course, http://cfbhc.com/index.php?/topic/11622-application-guidelines/ SJSU is open, as are a few other schools (may I suggest Central Michigan or Northern Illinois for schools with slightly better pieces, or Kent State for a challenge?)
  19. -by Kenny Oberst, special to the MAC Network "Supposed To." There was a lot of talk before the MAC Championship game kicked off, and very little of it had to with the game itself. After all, it seemed pretty straightforward. Under the guidance of their longtime coach deathcpo, Toledo was the class of the MAC, its “Chosen One.” In a conference still searching for relevancy, the Rockets were far enough ahead of the rest that their sights were set on something higher than winning the conference; an eventual place in the CFBHC playoffs. It almost felt like winning the MAC was just something Toledo was supposed to do on their way to the playoff conversation. The Ohio Bobcats, on the other hand, weren’t supposed to be here - a 1-4 start to the season will put that in many people’s minds. Ohio then hired coach beeznik after NDNathan departed from the program, and the turnaround was stark even if no one noticed. The Bobcats went on the quietest tear you’ll ever (not) see, winning five in a row and six of their last seven to end the season. Included in that winning streak was a 24-21 victory over Buffalo in week 10 that gave the Bobcats the MAC East division, spoiling the storyline of the two last original MAC coaches facing each other in the Championship game. Even with Ohio’s stud RB Owen Walton piling up over 1200 yards and 12 TDs, it somehow felt to many like the Bulls were supposed to be here instead. Things went as they were supposed to at first. A 45-yard opening kickoff return by WR Thomas Yang gave the Rockets great field position on their first possession and not even four minutes later, QB Benjamin Hanson found his big tight end Nate Linsley down the middle for an 8-yard score. And then the game stalled. For nearly twenty minutes of game clock neither team could consistently move the ball, trading punts and possessions like hot potatoes. Toledo linebacker Shia Reeder and his Ohio counterpart Calvin Blue made their presences known during this time, snuffing would-be third down conversions seemingly at will. Toledo would finally break through again, with Noah Cohen connecting on a 39-yarder to give the Rockets a 10-0 lead. And yet…. And yet there was a sense in the stadium that things may not be playing out exactly like they were supposed to. Wasn’t Toledo a multiple-score favorite? Aren’t they supposed to just blow out their opponents in the first half like they’ve done multiple times this season? CB Adam Haywood did his best to calm the Rocket fans’ fears, picking off a Stephen Peters pass at the Toledo 27 and giving the Rockets one last chance to extend the lead. However, Cohen’s 52-yarder pushed wide right as the half expired, and the teams entered the locker room with the score Toledo 10 - Ohio 0, and with those worried mutterings still in the air. The Bobcats came out for the second half determined. They felt they had taken Toledo’s best yet were within striking distance. Bookended by a pair of pass interference penalties, Owen Walton began to exert his will on the Toledo defense with bruising downhill runs - 30 of his 148 total rushing yards came on this drive. Not even three minutes after the half started, Timmy Wilhelm kicked a 37-yard field goal to give the Bobcats their first points of the game and suddenly Ohio was within a score. Toledo answered with a long drive, ending in Cohen kicking his second field goal of the game to restore the Rockets’ 10-point lead. But the uneasiness remained for the Toledo faithful. “This isn’t how this game is supposed to go,” was written all over their faces. And then Ohio’s next drive happened. On third-and-four from the Bobcat 31 Walton plunged into a stacked line of scrimmage, but he didn’t have the ball. The playcall, taking advantage of a hyper-aggressive defense, instead went from Peters to TE Caleb Holman on a corner route for 23 yards. On the very next play, Ohio ran a counter. Walton took the handoff, juked a linebacker that drifted too far inside, and went off to the races. Toledo’s safety knocked him out of bounds at the four, but it didn’t matter. Walton took it up the middle for the score on the very next play. The funny thing is that at this point Toledo is still winning. Maybe it was because Ciamo was finding no room to run or maybe it was because Toledo felt like they needed to reestablish their swagger by scoring quickly, but the Rockets chose to pass and pass often. It worked before - during Toledo’s week seven game against Bowling Green, Hanson tossed two fourth quarter touchdowns to give the Rockets the comeback win. It didn’t work here. Ohio CB Michael Newman made a beautiful play on a deep route, snaking his hand in between the two belonging to Yang and stealing the ball from the wideout. Then after seven minutes of nondescript back-and-forth resembling that long stretch in the first and second quarters, Toledo found themselves with a second-and-five at midfield. Hanson threw a slant behind WR Aaron Hughes who could only futilely swipe at it. FS Robert Mahoney was there to catch the deflection and return it to the Toledo 22 and now with just under four minutes to go, the promised land was within sight for the Bobcats. Steady was their march. 1st & 10, Toledo 22 - Owen Walton off left tackle for six yards. 2nd & 4, Toledo 16 - Owen Walton up the middle for two. 3rd & 2, Toledo 14 - Jeffery Templeton on a speed out for his only catch of the game, but a crucial three yards and a first down on the reception. 1st & 10, Toledo 11 - Owen Walton tackled in the backfield for a three yard loss. 2nd & 13, Toledo 14 - Play-action faking the toss to Walton, Stephen Peters to Caleb Holman for 12 yards. 3rd & 1, Toledo 2 - Owen Walton, 2 yd TD run - 1:30 (17-13) “This wasn’t how the game is supposed to go!” screamed the announcers in their booth. “Has Ohio just done what everyone said they couldn’t and knocked off Toledo?!” The following squib kick was returned to the 29 and Toledo had 71 yards, 82 seconds, and 1 timeout to pull off their own miracle. But the Bobcat defense, which had been so strong throughout the entire game, rose up and met the challenge once more. If it was a throw near the sidelines, Ohio was there to knock it away. A throw down the middle was caught if short but always seemed to have multiple defenders nearby if it traveled more than 10 yards. Toledo was put in a sandbox that was nine yards deep and as wide as the hash marks, and all the while the clock ticked, ticked on. The final play seemed almost anti-climactic. Ohio was made of magic during the game – in how they held Gabe Ciamo to 57 yards, in how they came up with two crucial interceptions, in how a playfake and a juke result in momentum turning for the Bobcats even though they were still losing. They were so magical that there was none left for the Rockets, Hanson's Hail Mary knocked down eight yards shy of the endzone. Hordes of Ohio fans stormed the field past stunned Toledo supporters, jumping and screaming joyously. In their midst a sideline reporter interviewed coach beeznik, “Coach, congratulations on an incredible victory. All the pundits had Toledo winning this game easily, how did you pull off the upset?” The coach smiled. “What were we supposed to do, let them win?” Final Score: Ohio Bobcats 17 - Toledo Rockets 13
  20. "Seriously, we couldn't have put this up BEFORE the MAC Championship Game as scheduled?" "We did have it ready to go, but we started looking for reaction gifs, didn't realize the time, and lost our timeslot." "So what aired in our normal spot?" "'Bikini Polar Bear Plunging with #MACtion Jenny.'" "...got that on DVR?" If you don't like where you're ranked, guess you should have done something different. Producer's note: This was compiled prior to today's MAC Championship Game and does not take it into account. MAC Power Rankings Week 16 Rank (Poll Pts.) Team (First Place Votes) Record (Conf. Record) Streak Change from Last Week 1 (36) Toledo Rockets (3) 10-2 (6-1) W2 - 2 (33) Western Michigan Broncos 9-3 (6-1) W3 - 3 (30) Buffalo Bulls 8-4 (4-2) W4 - 4 (tie-25) Central Michigan Chippewas 6-6 (4-3) L1 - 4 (tie-25) Ohio Bobcats 7-5 (5-2) W1 - 6 (tie-19) Akron Zips 5-7 (3-4) L1 - 6 (tie-19) Kent State Golden Flashes 5-7 (4-3) W1 +2 8 (17) Eastern Michigan Eagles 5-7 (3-4) L1 -1 9 (11) Bowling Green Falcons 4-8 (1-6) L4 +1 10 (10) Northern Illinois Huskies 4-8 (2-5) W1 -1 11 (6) Miami (OH) Redhawks 2-10 (2-5) L5 - 12 (3) Ball State Cardinals 1-11 (1-6) L2 - A team received 12 points for 1st, 11 points for 2nd, etc. Number of voters: 3. Reacti- eh, whatever. Who likes ties? We like ties? We like them so much we had two of them! The big news coming out of Week 16 is coachless Kent State knocking Akron out of a definite bowl berth, catapulting the Golden Flashes up to 6th! Now these two teams and Eastern Michigan await the mercies of the various Bowl Selection Committees to see if one of them gets to join the five Bowl-bound teams (Toledo, WMU, Buffalo, CMU, Ohio) in representing the MAC. None of the other Week 16 results really changed anything. (The small switch of Bowling Green and NIU between last week and week is odd, but minor.) After Bowl Season we will host the final MAC Power Rankings for this season. Tune in then to find out where your favorite MAC team ultimately ends up based upon subjective rankings by Internet strangers! Or to catch girls in bikinis jumping into frigid water, either or. "If it's not MAC, it's wack!"
  21. Oh hey, we should probably finish this up, right? PM me with your final Power Rankings for the 2019 Season. MAC, non-MAC, and former MAC coaches are welcome to vote! Please have them in to me by noon EST, Wednesday February 8. For your convenience, the rankings from before the MAC championship game are below along with the results of the last game they played. MAC Results after Bowl Season Rank (Poll Pts.) Team (* = Division Winner, ! = Conference Winner) Final Record (Conf. Record) Streak Last Game Result 1 (36) Toledo Rockets * 10-4 (6-2) L2 LOST Miami Beach Bowl vs. SMU 30-18 2 (33) Western Michigan Broncos 10-3 (6-1) W4 WON Bahamas Bowl vs. USF 23-17 3 (30) Buffalo Bulls 8-5 (4-2) L1 LOST Texas Bowl vs. Rutgers 24-6 4 (tie-25) Central Michigan Chippewas 6-7 (4-3) L2 LOST Independence Bowl vs. Notre Dame 41-28 4 (tie-25) Ohio Bobcats * ! 9-5 (6-2) W1 WON Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs. Fresno St. 41-14 6 (tie-19) Akron Zips 5-7 (3-4) L1 LOST Week 16 vs. Kent St. 31-20 6 (tie-19) Kent State Golden Flashes 5-7 (4-3) W1 WON Week 16 Akron 31-20 8 (17) Eastern Michigan Eagles 5-7 (3-4) L1 LOST Week 16 at Toledo 48-8 9 (11) Bowling Green Falcons 4-8 (1-6) L4 LOST Week 15 at Buffalo 31-21 10 (10) Northern Illinois Huskies 4-8 (2-5) W1 WON Week 15 at Ball State 31-26 11 (6) Miami (OH) Redhawks 2-10 (2-5) L5 LOST Week 16 at Ohio 28-21 12 (3) Ball State Cardinals 1-11 (1-6) L2 LOST Week 15 vs. Northern Illinois 31-26
  22. -Bruce Baguen, MAC Network We don't really have any questions for you, Coach (we were just fortunate enough to be near catering when word of your sudden press conference came around), but we did want to wish you the best in the next phases of your career. Your successor has some HUGE shoes to fill.
  23. Obviously it's too early to see where we get to plug in all our shiny new croots - we still have championship games, bowl season, and progressions/transfers to go! But just judging the recruiting classes on merit? Sure, we can do that! It will be totally accurate too, ignore that we're not looking at depth chart/playing time fits! /s The link to the complete spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NIR50g8n1M_yDk4NaNWtI-IE7iYEKUcIeYb0n3FN53c/edit?usp=sharing Please let me know if you see any mistakes. tl:dr Chart. NOTE: The first column counts ALL recruits regardless of rating, while the last three columns only count 2.5+ potential recruits because if you REALLY have to depend on that 1.5 of 2.0 guy... oh boy. Not that a 2.5 is that much better but it's depth that can be worked with, especially if the player is a 2.0 of 2.5 or something similar. Committed Recruits (by potential) Total Recruits (all *) Team 2.5-Star 3-Star 3.5-Star 4-Star 4.5-Star 5-Star Croot Total Tot. Stars Avg. Stars 10 Buffalo 0 0 7 0 2 1 10 38.5 3.85 20 Toledo 2 2 6 0 4 3 17 65 3.82 16 Central Michigan 4 0 1 4 2 1 12 43.5 3.63 20 Western Michigan 3 5 5 2 2 1 18 62 3.44 17 Ball State 3 6 3 1 1 2 16 54.5 3.41 11 Miami (OH) 1 4 5 0 0 1 11 37 3.36 18 Ohio 5 5 3 4 0 0 17 54 3.18 25 Northern Illinois 13 1 3 4 2 0 23 71 3.09 14 Bowling Green 5 4 0 1 0 1 11 33.5 3.05 20 Kent State 3 5 3 0 0 0 11 33 3.00 18 Eastern Michigan 6 4 3 1 0 0 14 41.5 2.96 11 Akron 3 6 1 0 0 0 10 29 2.90 Class Rankings (* denotes JuCo): Toledo (3.85 avg, 20 total recruits, 17 2.5+ recruits). Key commits: C Vic Troutman 6-1 288 Fr Wauseon (Wauseon OH) 1.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking], OG Vincent McCabe 6-5 287 Fr Bath (Lima OH) 1.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking], CB Levern White 5-9 162 Jr Gogebic Community College (Ironwood MI) 3.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage]*, ILB Ryan Carr 6-3 264 Fr Ada (Ada OH) 1.5 of 4.5 [Mike], WR Justin Evans 5-11 168 (So) Gavilan College (Gilroy CA) 3.5 of 4.5 [Speed]* -Not a surprise that Toledo's at the top of the list. They have a big advantage most of the other MAC schools don't; consistent coaching (deathcpo is only one of two MAC coaches to be with their program since inception). I alluded to Toledo's 2021 playoff timeline, and the two JuCo commits will be here long enough to aid in that. They signed as many 4.5 and 5-stars as the bottom eight schools on the chart combined. By MAC standards anyway, it's an embarrassment of riches. Let's put it this way - Toledo flipped 1.0/3.5 CB Jerraud Bynum in the last week from Ohio, who badly needed him. On Toledo's roster? He'll redshirt and maybe be the nickel back in two years. Central Michigan (3.63 avg, 16 total recruits, 12 2.5+ recruits). Key commits: QB Byron Suggs 6-0 195 Fr Pewaukee (Pewaukee WI) 1.5 of 5.0 [Scrambling], K Trent Michaels 6-3 194 Sr Rochester Community & Technical College (Rochester MN) 4.5 of 4.5 [Power]*, OG Ethan Bennett 6-3 312 Fr Dominican (Whitefish Bay WI) 1.0 of 4.5 [Run Blocking], ATH Joseph Aikman 6-5 227 Fr Alma (Alma WI) 2.5 of 4.0 [Target] -llamas has new man-crush on board in the highly-rated Suggs, and even a nice target for him to throw to in ATH Aikman. A kicker doesn't seem like a big deal, but Central lost a couple of games this year to shanked field goals - it could have been them playing for the MAC Championship instead of Toledo with a steadier kicker. The rest of their higher-rated commits are at a smattering of positions around the field (OT, LS, CB, FB). Buffalo (3.85 avg, 10 total recruits, 10 2.5+ recruits). Key commits: QB Blair Holcomb 5-11 207 (Jr) Hudson Valley Community College (Troy NY) 4.0 of 5.0 [Pocket]*, OLB Alexander Moffett 6-2 224 Fr Southside (Elmira NY) 3.0 of 4.5 [Coverage], RB Alec Self 6-1 226 Fr Thomas Jefferson (Brooklyn NY) 1.0 of 4.5 [Power] -Whoa. Buffalo has the higher star total than Central Michigan, and their number of 2.5+ commits isn't markedly smaller than CMU. So why do they slot in behind the Chips? It's because of Holcomb. Now I'm not saying that it was a mistake to recruit him, it clearly wasn't. What I AM saying is that Buffalo is firmly rooted in their smashmouth style of football, and the QB gets to throw the ball MAYBE 10 times a game. Quite simply Holcomb will have less chances to impact the game than someone like Byron Suggs will. Know who WILL get to impact the game? OLB Alexander Moffett who will likely start from day one, and Alec Self gets to redshirt a year and soak up gamma rays from MAMADOU SMASH, just in time to take over as Wynn graduates. Fun! Western Michigan (3.44 avg, 20 total recruits, 18 2.5+ recruits). Key commits: ATH Kualii Umaga 6-3 255 Fr Brandywine (Niles MI) 1.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking], OT Avery Curley 6-3 292 Fr Napoleon (Napoleon MI) 1.0 of 4.5 [Run Blocking], OT Marc Allen 6-6 281 (Jr) Dutchess Community College (Poughkeepsie NY) 4.0 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking]*, SS Lardarius McAfee 6-2 187 Fr Owendale Gagetown (Owendale MI) 1.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] -The Broncos focused on beef this recruiting cycle. Their three highest-rated commits are all offensive lineman, and six of their 3.5+ recruits play in the trenches (seven if you count a long snapper... but come on). With Gabriel Shields (and DeSean Madison behind him) as the centerpieces of Western's offense, the plan seemed to be getting superior blockers for the RB stable. The rest of the class was primarily about reloading; unfortunately they really missed out on a position of need, losing out on OLB Beckman in the last week. Ball State (3.41 avg, 17 total recruits, 16 2.5+ recruits). Key commits: RB Damani Laws 5-9 189 Fr Northridge (Middlebury IN) 1.0 of 5.0 [Speed], TE Steven Moya 6-5 199 Fr Alex Monroe (Alexandria IN) 1.0 of 5.0 [Receiving], WR Sebastian Amato 6-3 152 Fr Alex Monroe (Alexandria IN) 1.0 of 4.5 [Speed], FS Geno Atkins 6-1 208 Fr Taylor (Kokomo IN) 1.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] -I flip-flopped Ball State and WMU several times; I REALLY like the Cardinals' top end of the class, but the Broncos had a deeper overall group. Ultimately Western took fourth due to a logjam of guards in Ball State's class (four of them, although one is a field-ready 3.0/3.5. The others are 3-star or lower). Those skill players, though... Damani Laws will be ready to take over for Austin Laws (no relation) in a couple of years and coach lrickar1 gave Marquis Causey quite a few weapons to grow up with and throw to. Ohio (3.18 avg, 18 total recruits, 17 2.5+ recruits). Key commits: DT Aaden Prince 6-3 296 Fr Gilmour Academy (Gates Mills OH) 1.0 of 4.0 [2-Gap], OG Drew Platt 6-1 289 Fr Notre Dame-Catherdal Latin ( OH) 2.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking], OT Derek Satterfield 6-3 330 Fr Wauseon (Wauseon OH) 1.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking], QB Austin Lowe 6-5 233 Fr Madison Plains (London OH) 3.0 of 4.0 [Pocket] -Austin Lowe is what pushes Ohio's class above Miami(OH) and NIU. It's no secret that the Bobcats' QB position was their weak spot, and Lowe provides an immediate upgrade over Stephen Peters. Another nice thing is that quite a few of their recruits already come in at a 2.0 current rating or higher so they can step in right away if needed, and some of them probably will. Ohio also got some good depth on the offensive line, but losing CB Bynum to Toledo really hurts. Northern Illinois (3.09 avg, 25 total recruits, 23 2.5+ recruits). Key commits: SS Antonio Weeks 5-11 199 Fr Canton (Canton IL) 2.0 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage], FB Akeem Mims 6-0 215 Fr Roxana (Roxana IL) 2.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking], OT Jermon McCullough 6-1 330 Fr Dodgeville (Dodgeville, WI) 2.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking], SS Jordan Harley 5-10 215 Sr Milwaukee Area Technical College (Milwaukee WI) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage]*, WR Maxwell Rider 6-2 178 Fr John Marshall (Chicago IL) 1.0 of 4.0 [Speed] -The largest recruiting class in the MAC slots here. Even though prized recruit Weeks could step in right away, the Huskies have the luxury of redshirting him because of Jordan Harley's presence. Mims and McCullough are also ready to play immediately if needed, and that may be a tempting thought for coach robcarlson77. NIU focused heavily on the defensive front seven; a full 40 percent of their class play there! Almost all of them are 2.5 potential or less though, so this may be throwing defensive players spaghetti against the wall and seeing what sticks. Miami (OH) (3.36 avg, 11 total recruits, 11 2.5+ recruits). Key commits: DT Morris Jackson 6-7 302 Fr East Technical (Cleveland OH) 1.0 of 5.0 [2-Gap], DE Josiah Ornelas 6-7 248 Fr Garaway (Sugarcreek OH) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blitz], OT Ronny Sparks 6-5 258 (So) Chipola College (Marianna FL) 3.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] -The clear jewels of the class are Jackson and Sparks. Jackson is a huge talent that will make life miserable for centers and guards, and the Redhawks badly needed players of his caliber on the defensive side. Sparks will do good work protecting the FLAMETHROWER ZACK CERA's blindside from the jump but doesn't look to progress very far past good. Despite Jackson, Miami slots here due to the small size of their class; they needed more players than they got. Eastern Michigan (2.96 avg, 18 total recruits, 14 2.5+ recruits). Key commits: SS Ibrahima Griggs 6-0 181 Fr Holland Christian (Holland MI) 1.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage], ILB Leo Forrest 6-3 210 Fr Blissfield (Blissfield MI) 1.0 of 3.5 [Will], OLB Marlon Grier 6-0 228 Fr Monroe (Monroe MI) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blitz], QB Jacob Gardner 6-3 232 Fr Muskegon (Muskegon MI) 1.0 of 3.5 [Hybrid] -At this point, it's as much about quantity as it is quality. A 3.5 commit at EMU is much more valuable than he would be at Toledo, for example, and the Eagles have more of them in their class than anyone below them on this list. Eastern is also clearly wanting to shore up their back seven; there are six linebackers and four secondary players of 2.5 or higher led by SS Griggs. Kent State (3.00 avg, 20 total recruits, 11 2.5+ recruits). Key commits: OG Leon Humphrey 6-3 332 Fr Hudson (Hudson OH) 1.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking], OLB Abraham McCormack 6-0 242 Fr Eastmoor Academy (Columbus OH) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blitz], OT Kenneth Hildebrand 6-3 261 Fr Sylvania Northview (Sylvania OH) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking], C Sam Walsh 6-2 299 Fr Greenville (Greenville OH) 2.5 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] -Quantity, but without the 4-star. They also have the highest amount of recruits 2-star and lower. The Golden Flashes badly need a coach that will stick around for the long haul, because if this class is the meat of their roster in 2-3 years? Yuck. Bowling Green (3.05 avg, 14 total recruits, 11 2.5+ recruits). Key commits: FS Brody Grimes 6-2 218 Fr Wayne Trace (Haviland OH) 1.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage], LS Gregory Dubose 6-1 249 Fr Troy (Troy OH) 1.0 of 4.0 [Traditional] -I know, putting a longsnapper as a key commit? He is a traditional style, so maybe he can fill in at C if needed? But after Grimes and Dubose we go straight to 3.0 players. Also, four TEs in a total class of fourteen players? Not great. Akron (2.90 avg, 11 total recruits, 10 2.5+ recruits). Key commits: RB Mike Cazares 6-0 172 Fr Blanchester (Blanchester OH) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed]. -"Oh man. You should have seen the one that got away!" Akron was pretty much putting all their eggs in blue-chipper ILB Nazir Flowers (1.0 of 5.0), but Ohio State flipped him at the last possible moment. Coach darkage has to be gutted, but now his focus has to be on his current players. The next recruiting cycle, however, will be critical - Akron can't afford to miss out on replenishing their overall talent.
  24. Really impressive two-minute drive by Tech! Aaand there's the SEC's first bowl loss.
  25. It's an honor to be named the new MAC Commissioner, although I wish it didn't coincide with you leaving llamas. Hopefully you won't mind if I reach out for tips and advice from time to time? Also frowny face at Sean Taylor not making 1st team, but CB (as well as ILB and RB) was a really stacked category so I can't really complain. Edit: Oh, how could I forget? A well-deserved congrats to beeznik on his CotY award, and to all the players!

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