But I know that first game I have a pretty easy game.
I believe that's against, um, uh, false state.
So that's pretty easy game for them.
Toe win with how they have set up that offense.
Kind of moving that ball pretty quickly as well as that defense.
They've got some really good guys in that backfield.
I'd like to talk about that a lot.
Um, I mean, you've got I've been pace who literally broke the N C double record last season for the most sacks.
Getting 18 ***, um, last season and he e mean, it's just that can really hold on and just show what power they've got.
A swell as, um, I know, really talking Now.
They've got a freshman kicker this year that's coming in, and that's **** desseaux been And, honestly, they're kicking.
Wasn't bad last year.
Uh, he was a little unreliable with their field goals.
And now you're bringing in a guy who's showing a couple times last season that he was able to make 46 47 year uh, yard field goals, and his percentage is he's only for the four seasons of his high school career.
It was 18 out of 20 waiting to hold on and really able to make those deep, um played as well.
And we saw a few times Miami started off pretty slow on the offensive side in the bowling green game.
It was within a score at halftime, and then they just kind of turned on the Jets, so to speak.
And I think that was another 60 point performance by the Miami RedHawks.
Yeah, and I'm gonna use a quote that I heard a couple of weeks back from Nick Foles.
Uh, but what he said is you'd rather win ugly than lose Pretty.
And I think Miami shows that a lot with places, that younger kind of thing, so that they want to start the game and they're trying to figure out exactly how they want to run the ball.
And so, especially with freshman quarterback, it's gonna take him a little bit longer to really kind of get the feel for how he wants that rhythm to go.
And so, by the second half, now they're pumped up.
They haven't wasted all their energy basically, and they're able to just kind of come in and then dominate the field? No, they can play with some of the best teams in the country.
We saw it last year.
Uh, but if you go back to two years ago, if you would have told me that last year the championship game would have been played between Central Michigan and Miami, I would have told you You are insane.
You might want to get your head checked out, but now we're talking about these two teams who have really just made a complete 1 80 potential to maybe go back.
We'll talk about our championship, uh, picks later, but they have a chance to do really well in the conference.
And is that coaching or is that just getting that good of players in? I think it's a mixture because really you have that great coaching.
But also, I really believe that, uh, the quarterback Gabbert really kind of is ableto really lead that team.
Like I said, it's very young lineup, so they're all basically at the same spot.
So Ghabra comes in here and like, Yeah, I understand.
Here's where we're at now let's take this, let's move forward and I think he's able to get out on the field and really kind of help those guys out and really lead through what that needs to be done.
And what do you think their overall record will be? Charlie, uh, I'm gonna say that it's probably gonna be very close.
It's only six games.
They start off pretty easy with Ball State.
Then they moved to Buffalo.
Um, which is gonna be a little bit harder, like its like they end and they start like, pretty easy games.
So I think those middle to we're gonna give them some trouble.
That's Ohio in my and, uh, Buffalo.
So I'm thinking probably 42 possibly 33 Okay.
And before we lose him again, we're gonna move on now to the predicted regular season champion in the Mac on the Buffalo Bowles, who really ran the conference for three or four years.
Then last year, a bit of a down year for them.
They still rolled off a bunch of winds.
But Zack, where the Buffalo Bulls gonna, uh, stand this year.
Man Buffaloes is such a fun team to look forward to this year eight and five last year, five and three in the conference.
So not not the worst record.
That's that's a record that Akron would kill for last year.
But But this is a team that looks the best out of any team that I think in the Mac East this year, and it all starts up front with some of the guys that they're bringing back.
To put this to perspective for you, they're leading passer.
They're leading rusher and their leading receiver all our back this year.
Kyle Van Treece.
Last year, he was just something else.
Alright, Kyle Van Trees through for 1100 yards, eight touchdowns, the two interceptions.
Matt Myers kind of played a little bit, too.
But Van Tree, so is their main guy.
He was a leading passer last year.
Jarod Patterson, who is their leading rusher last year he ran for 19 touchdowns is back this year.
Antonio None caught six touchdowns last year.
I mean, you could say that's a little human of of a of a thing to catch six touchdowns.
Um, he did so on 49 catches, 687 receiving yards.
That's really, really good for a receiver in the Mac, and you're looking at a defense.
That was pretty disruptive.
Um, not allowing much per game allowed are on average, under 100 rush yards.
A game forced you to throw the ball.
So just under 200 passing yards a game.
But you know that this team is due disruptive upfront.
Mac was way up there helping this team out.
They allowed 21 points a game.
43 total sacks for this Buffalo defense last year.
He's returning for his senior year.
Last year, a Zai started to mention LaDarius Mac opted into the NFL draft.
He is now playing on the Bears with his big brother, who I mean, I I don't know if you heard of this guy, but his name's Khalil Mack, Um, LaDarius Mac and Khalil Mack around the same football team.
Joey Banks led their team in tackles last year.
He did end up graduating, but I I got to tell you that there's Buffalo Bulls team is looking really fun this year.
And you say that What are we looking at? Record wise? Or actually, we'll go this way. Your biggest playmaker.
You name the few there.
Who's the biggest one we're going to see for the Bulls this year on the SportsCenter Top 10.
I think. Jarod Patterson.
You're getting a guy who ran again for 19 touchdowns last year from scrimmage.
Let me throw this.
He had 2000 scrimmage yards last year, too.
1008 scrimmage yard on a 325 plays.
His rushing totals 1799 rushing yards on 312 attempts.
Just under 1800.
He averaged almost six yards a carry and scored 19 times receiving lies.
13 carries, 209 yards.
He had a touchdown, but he averaged 16 yards a catch.
You know, you put you put a guy like this who averages 2000 scrimmage yards.
You put him in any other division in football.
You put that in the A, C C.
The Big 10 the Pac 12.
This guy's the Heisman candidate, you know.
So if I look at it, Jarod Patterson is a guy who can go.
He can control the clock and can make plays more than Kyle van trees.
Jared Patterson's the guy.
I really got to sit out here and say this is the impact player.
This is the guy to look at this.
I He could be the Kareem Hunt of this year's Mac.
He looks poised for a great year.
Um, and you look at this, this schedule for Buffalo and I you, the Miami RedHawks at Bowling Green at home versus the Golden Flashes at OU.
And then, you know, toe, finish it off.
They're not on Lee, a bowl eligible team.
In my opinion, this is a team that you could see go for into maybe five and one, maybe five and one.
Any final thoughts or final thoughts on the Buffalo Bulls? There's Buffalo Bulls team.
There's one game in particular that I'm circling on the calendar, and that is a game on Saturday, November the 28th, when the Buffalo Bulls have the Kent State Golden Flashes in Buffalo.
And we talked about like Reese talked about it earlier.
Just how scary could this Kent State team could be this year? That game very much of a sleeper.
That game could be really, really big.
Does Buffalo team do not sleep on this team this year? They are projected toe win the Mac this year, not just The Mac went well.
They are projected to win the Mac West, but this team is projected.
Projected first in the East.
I'm getting my east and I'm getting my directions mixed up.
I see them not only winning the regular season, but this team is winning a Mac this year.
Okay, so we talked about every team in three separate three separate dreams.
Did you guys talk about Toledo already? No, that was also on your Yeah, We'll go back to Charlie Ryan and the University of Toledo Rockets.
So we're six and six last year but did not get an invitation to a ball game.
So yeah, I was a little surprised when I saw that they were slated to get second in the Western Division.
It's e mean, really, for the past two years, kind of three, But really, the last two seasons, they've kind of been on a downward spiral.
And like the last, I'll say the last really good season that they had was when they still had Kareem Hunt.
That was back in 2016 the next season.
They went on and they won the Mac championship, but After that, they lost all, basically all those players that were in the Mac championship with them and basically had to rebuild.
The next year, they barely just barely slip by and got a bowl game.
That was when they were at the Bahamas Bowl and they lost that one and they didn't make it to the max, didn't get anything.
And this season, like Seidel said, they had a six and sixth overall, but only a three and five in the Mac.
And so they didn't get that bowl game, and I'm thinking this season's gonna be kind of the same.
They're not really gonna get that ball game.
I think it's going.
They're going to be closer.
Um, they're definitely at the end of this rebuilding thing, as we've seen with basically ah, whole new staff, they've got their head coach, their offensive line coach eyes new.
Their defensive coordinator is new and a new quarterback, uh, coach.
And so really, all you have that's remaining of the coaching staff is your defensive line coach and your head coach.
You've got a whole new set up there that you're gonna have to deal with now then, eh? So with that, I don't think that they will be able to really come back up and we'll we won't see the same amount of success, especially especially with the schedule that they have coming forward, which is, you know, that starting game against BG, which honestly is going to be a close one between the two of them.
But then you go toe Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan, and I don't think that they can have.
They definitely will be able to take on Eastern Michigan, maybe a little bit for Western Michigan.
But Ball State, that's gonna be another toss up for them and northern Illinois and Central.
Those two are going to be like they're not going.
I don't think they will be able to hold on toe win those two, Um, but I mean, you can look through and see that they have talent.
I just don't think the communication is there like you've got a very good wide receiver there. And Bryce Mitchell.
This is his last season, though, that he'll be able to play.
And he's really the main target and main weapon that the offensive line is used.
So if they can't find, uh, running back or another wide receiver that they can depend on as much as Mitchell.
You know those teams.
Other teams in the conference have already started looking at that, and they're prepared to take on how Mitchell reacts on the field.
Uh, the defensive line.
You've got the cornerback Samuel Womack, and he's really able to break up a lot of things.
And he's He had 15 pass breakups last season, which is very good.
I mean, he's able to take on wide receivers easily.
But again, that backfield defense and that frontline still are having problems.
And they I've noticed in a lot of games this past season, they couldn't figure out if they wanted to do zone.
Mean Amanda Man.
They really got to start figuring out and learning how to read those offensive lines a little bit nicer, uh, to try to get back to where I think a couple of years ago they really were.
They were dominating the Mac for a couple of years, so it seemed on DSO, Really, What they have to do is they've got to just figure out some way to hopefully come back.
And I think after this year, they should start, be, start starting to be on the rise.
So I said, I think they're just about done with doing a nice rebuild of their, uh, of their team, So I actually have a quick question.
So we talked a little bit about Central Michigan and their starting quarterback suspended for the first five games.
Um, they were predicted, and I think they still are predicted to finish first.
I don't know how recently this this quarterback thing happened.
Um, my question for you is without the starting quarterback.
Are the chip Awas still the team to be in the Mac West? Or is it Toledo? Oh, it's Chipotle's because, like I said, I still think that Toledo needs, like, at least another year, and they should be back up to where they are, But I don't think that they're at the level yet that they need to be to be able to take on and get that to clinch that title.
So what's your overall record for the Toledo Rockets? I'm gonna say a hive could be 33 but I'm thinking probably gonna be a to four.
Okay, You heard it here first.
The first hot take of the day.
That's Lido Rockets.
Not as good as everyone thinks they are.
Of course, all of us.
We already knew that.
We've been known e.
I've been following him for seven years, though.
Okay, so I kind of like I've seen this kind of trend.
So I can tell it that this is that last year.
Next year I think they'll have a very good season.
It's just this year.
They need another year just to kind of get that rebuild going.
And especially with the new coaching staff, teams are lucky if they get the same, um, the same record as they did the procure prior.
And from there we'll go onto our week one.
Matchups will start out at Jaeger Stadium between the ball ST Cardinals and the Miami RedHawks.
This is Alex. Dan.
Charlie, What are we expecting in this game? Are we expecting a high scoring game? We expecting a close game? You said ball State in Miami.
Oh, Zack, Zack and Charlie.
That was my That would be recent. Charlie.
You were close. You were close.
You're You're I think there's gonna be a lot of points put up in this game.
We know Miami can score points and Ball State has two of the top offensive players in the league.
I think there's a lot of points put up.
Think it might be closer than you think, But I think my is just too much.
I I think it all depends on So Miami, like we said, is probably gonna be slow again at the beginning of the game.
So to really be dependent on how much Ball State can get done in that first half, and if they can keep that energy in the second half, what's the final score? Predictions? First we'll go to Reese, 45 35 Miami.
Okay, Charlie, I was thinking closer.
, don't judge me.
I wasn't aware of Ben Roethlisberger was mocking up for Miami again.
A big was student up tomorrow.
Well, that was gonna sit like 43 right around 43 football state, then 50 2 43.
That Zlata points.
That is a lot of points, but I think that Ball State can take advantage of that first half.
They should be able to get very close to that, and then Miami, I, you know, is going to come in there very strong that second half too hot takes in a row from our own Charlie learning.
A next take is that I like the prospects for the Pittsburgh Pirate no kind of show next.
Eastern Michigan Eagles in the Kent State Golden flashes.
So we're staying with wreaths, but adding in Zach.
So Reese, I'll go first, cause I'm not gonna take too long with this.
You know, the Eastern Michigan Eagles there a team toe watch this year, but I I don't see them doing much against this Kent State team.
This Kent State team has.
Reese has been mentioning.
It's kind of flying under a lot of teams radars.
There's a reason why you know, Eastern Michigan is projected.
Finish where they are, and it's This is not a knock on Eastern Michigan, and Reese is gonna be really the expert on both of them because he knows the Eastern Michigan Eagles living near them, and at the same time he did a lot of research on this Kent State team.
I don't think that this Eastern Michigan team is at a point where they can really be pushing like they'll need to against this can state team this year.
Um, I I think that Ken State's gonna take this one handily.
I mean, I want to say Eastern will stay in the game because I know they'll be competitive.
And I think the game will least be close in the first half.
But I think Eastern Michigan, this isn't a reload year.
This is more of a re rebuild year.
They've got a new quarterback, a lot of new personnel, Um on they'll play tough under Creighton, but I think I think can stay in the end.
Just has too much time.
I think I'll pull myself.
I was just gonna say, score, prediction, score prediction.
We'll go to Zach first.
You're really putting me out here, man? Uh, so you went last time.
I I agree that I think I I do agree that Ken State's gonna go and push out the second half.
I think the first half is a lot closer, but I do agree that they're They're they're they're starting.
They're just gonna be finding themselves a little bit.
Coach Creighton is going a great job with Eastern Michigan.
But it's all about, you know, let's build some repertoire with the quarterback and keep going from there.
That being said, I give Kent State 42 points in their opener, and on the other side for Eastern Michigan, I'm going to say, probably around, like 28 30 points somewhere in that range.
I think I think it's a closest game, but I think Ken State has it.
I'm going to say I'm gonna say about 42 to 30 I'm gonna say 45.
30. I'm gonna say 45 30.
For me, Um, Kent State defense last year was not very good, but they have a lot of pieces back specifically at linebacker.
I really like their front seven.
Um, I'm going Kent State, 31 13.
Okay, from there we go to Infestation Stadium and Akron, where the Western Michigan Broncos will come to town and Alex will start off with you.
What are you expecting to see in this game? Expect Western Michigan to put up a lot of offense and not to be matched by Akra.
I agree wholeheartedly, wholeheartedly with that.
Take Western Michigan's first year quarterback was, uh, pink to be a then, uh, this is gonna be a blowout, and I I'm gonna be surprised of Akron scores.
I mean, I would have given them double digits, but e already doing it.
Yeah, we're already We're already saying this.
Alex, what's your score prediction? I would go with either 38 7 or 38 6.
I'm gonna g 35 to 6 in favor of the Broncos.
Funny you say that you're hesitant to give them three, but you give them three e.
I'm calling here, folks.
First folks side.
I was gonna say that Akron's gonna come out blazing perfectly just right away from the jump.
Who was the last quarterback from Akron to make it to the NFL? Charlie Frye.
Probably. Charlie. Probably.
I couldn't know.
I wouldn't know.
At the top of my head, I would assume Charlie friend, I would guess.
I mean, at least last one there played someone might have gotten on light practice. Slaughter something.
Zach, you're gonna fly in this next one solo.
You be at Northern Illinois.
Well, I'll go first.
Um, this is a game where I think that Buffalo is going to show off what it's got.
I've already said Buffalo the Onley games that I see as being threatening to Buffalo, as in terms of just talent they're going against.
I'm looking at the Red Hawks and I'm looking at Kent.
Um, I think that the Kent game is gonna be mawr of the circle type game, but I don't put anything up against this n i u team.
Um, this n i u team is not terrible.
I'm throwing that out there.
They're not a bad team, not by any means.
There's a reason why this n i u team finished four and four.
Um and but at the same time, there's a reason they're projected.
Could last in the West and Buffalo is projected first in the east.
Um, I think that this game is not all that close.
I think Buffalo is going to reassert what they could do.
I think Jarod Patterson and Kyle van Trees, they're gonna reconnect and be like, Hey, man, I miss seeing you this off season.
It's gonna be me, too, and you're gonna see a dangerous Buffalo Bulls offense with that I'm just gonna give my my projections right now.
Um, I think that you're going to see an eye you put up probably about.
I'm gonna say, probably about 14 to 21 point somewhere in that range.
Um, but you're going to see Buffalo put up 42.
We're Central Michigan.
What's the name of the moment? What happened? What central Michigan? What? What's the name of the town? Central Michigan's and Mount Pleasant, Michigan Mount Pleasant.
I always get something.
It is not on them out.
I will tell you that.
I always want to say Happy Valley, because the pleasant anyone the Bobcats making their way after Mount Pleasant to play the chip awas.
Uh, I'll start off with this.
One of them will go upto Alex, Um, really with no.
With Central Michigan's quarterback out, I want to say that the Bobcats on a trap game, but I just can't.
I know there's not gonna be any fans in attendance, but I think the home field advantage is still gonna be there for the chips.
I think I owe you's gonna make it close.
I just don't see them getting away through there and making it a making it a very making a chance to get getting a win, getting a win.
I'll put it out there.
That being said, I will say my prediction for a second here, Um, I I think Central Michigan is gonna win a close one against Ohio.
What about you, Alex? Um, thank you.
I would I would have about the same.
Um, I would say that originally I had Central Michigan.
So when I would like to say they're gonna win again.
So I'd have, like, 26 to 24th Central Michigan's victory.
Just because Ohio it was kind of picked high last season.
And then we live up to expectations and they don't have any.
It's in rock anymore, so I'll say Michigan close.
Mission. Central Michigan Close.
I'm gonna go with my prediction here.
I'm trying to think 26 23 in favor of the chips.
Yeah, sounds pretty much I think.
I think that's gonna be the closest one.
And now the title fight.
The premium match up off the week in the Mid American Conference, the biggest rivalry being played in the Mid American Conference on Wednesday.
Bowling Green travels 30 minutes north through the glass Bowl to take on the Toledo Rockets.
Charlie, I'll let you start us off with this one.
Uh, well, I mean to be ableto figure out who's going to win this game.
There's some questions that still need to be answered by both teams that you really will.
We'll see within the first couple minutes of the game.
BG really has to come out and show that they've got some form of communication with this new quarterback and that they have more than one target that they can use, uh, to make it down the field and u T on the other side.
They have to show that, you know, there again, just like PG.
They have more than one target is well and that they're able to move the ball across between each sideline and it will really it'll come down really to that.
I think the defense's air both shrunk, too.
So it'll be more of a defensive game just because years it'll cut really come down to the defense's I I agree with that statement.
I think the biggest question mark for BG.
Is there running defense? They need to get that front seven in to stop the run.
But Toledo in the past few years has been a bit more of a passing team.
That being said, I think the bowling green offense is gonna wake up a little bit.
It's gonna be a close one, but I'm going to give it to the Falcons and probably the closest game of week.
I mean, I I need to step in here a second because the other thing that we that neither of the two of you have said in this little bit of the matchup is what is the health of Andrew Claire? Um, Andrew Clair missed a lot of last season, and he's he's healthy for what we need.
Personal issues, both.
But the question is, is that we haven't seen Andrew Claire and quite a while, and I mean, we know we have Bryson Den Lee and and you've got a nice tandem right there.
And you have Quentin Morris who neither of you have talked about, either, who is not just the one of best tight ends in the Mac, but in one of the best tight ends in the N C. Double A.
So I I just got a kind of poke.
This question is, does the health of Andrew Clair play any factor into this game? I don't think so.
What I don't um I think Andrew Claire is healthy.
I also think Toledo should be scared of Andrew Claire this week.
You mentioned he missed practice because of personal reasons.
It was reported that his 25 year old sister had passed away from Cove in 19 and we would all like to send our condolences to he and his family.
Um, that there's no better way to say it sucks.
Ah, lot of people and I don't want to get political.
I'm not getting political here.
Ah, lot of people have put out there that this virus is a hoax or it's not as bad as it seems.
Try telling that to somebody who lost a close relative that that meeting, he said, What Andrew Player is gonna put on a Heisman worthy performance in this Toledo game, and I think it's all gonna be because he's playing for his sister this year.
He's not playing for himself.
I agree I agree.
Prayers for you and your family.
And you The well, the other thing with them is it? When are they gonna put him in? Are they gonna put him in right? Starting out.
My, my my concern would be I'd wait until the second quarter, but most like it.
I'd be waiting till the second half to put him in because, like you said, he missed a lot of for BG Falcon media about the keys to the game for the BG Toledo game on Di did on behalf of the bowling green side of the ball.
And and one of the things that I noted is the winner of the take away battle has won this match up every time for the past.
I want to say, like, eight years if I remember correctly.
And B g at home was able to not only forced takeaways out of this Toledo offense, but at the same time was able to run the ball effectively.
So I agree completely that I think Bryce and gently and Andrew Clair gonna be huge pieces to this team.
But I think at the same time, you've got a be ableto watch the turnovers as well, and I believe they also had.
I know they had a blocked punt in that game as well.
Did they have a blocked extra points as well? I think they have a lot to kicks.
I don't remember.
Was that the one where they got the intercept basically interception off the punt and took it all the way down almost all the way down? It was at that game.
Or am I thinking of the central game? Your central central, no special teams is gonna play a more important factor in this game than a lot of people realize, too.
That score prediction.
Um, like I said, I don't think it's going to be a very high scoring game.
It will be a close game, but I'm thinking closer, like 23.
I see what you did there.
I see what you e o saying for you.
It's gonna be a 23 to 21 game in favor of the Falcons retaining the battle of I 75.
Well, predictions their bold predictions, and that will take us to now.
You're way too early predictions.
We'll just go in order and we'll start with you because you're in the top left of the screen.
Okay, um, as far as the East Coast, as much as I want to think Can state.
Can't say I think they are truly asleep.
Er, um I'm not going to pick them.
I'm not going to pick Miami.
Because, contrary to popular opinion, Charlie, they do not have been Roethlisberger on the roster.
Um, I going to do amazing.
Just watch E card by luck.
I gotta go with, uh, I gotta go ***.
I gotta go with buffalo.
I think they're just Jared Paterson, I think could be one of the very rare early declare e for the NFL draft from the Mac.
Just based off the numbers he put up last year.
If you put up anything similar, I think he could possibly be for the draft.
I got buffalo in the east and in the West.
The West is wide open to me.
I think Ball State could win it.
I think Toledo could win it.
I think Central could win it.
I think Western could win it.
I'm across central off just because I don't know exactly what they're gonna get out of the quarterback.
I know they have Jim McElwain there, but I just don't see it.
Um, Western, I I think they have a shot at it, but I feel like they're just gonna be more of, like, just a solid team.
A team that's three and 34 and two will not make it Palito that most.
They had kind of a quarterback juggle last year down the stretch.
Um, if they can figure out there, if they could figure out their their quarterback situation, I feel like they could run the table potentially.
But I gotta go with my team.
I feel like Ball State has a legitimate chance to win that West Division with Plett and Huntley in the backfield.
Um, I feel like that offense is very high powered.
If they can even get slightly and they don't even have to be average on defense could be slightly below average.
I think they can win that back west, considering their schedule.
I'm gonna go with this reason I'm gonna contradict their contradict you a little bit in the East.
I think the winner of the Buffalo Kent State game will represent the Mac east being said, I think Kent State is gonna be ableto all that dark horse roll out.
They're gonna We're gonna see the Kent State Golden Flashes in the Mac championship game versus another dark horse.
A lot like we saw last year.
I like Western Michigan.
I know I said the middle of the pack team, but like I said, I didn't know Central Michigan's was gonna be without their number one quarterback.
When they play the Broncos and the Broncos defense, I think it's gonna be too tough to handle for, ah, the chips in that big rivalry game.
So my prediction is gonna be the Kent State Golden Flashes and the Western Michigan Broncos with the Broncos squeaking out.
Quick, easy win.
Oh, yeah, Going back to me, I think I think.
But I think Buffalo takes down ball state on the map championship.
Okay, now, Charlie, onto you.
So I think if we I'll start in the West Um, I gotta go with northern Illinois.
No, I would never do that.
E o that I did not say we're gonna why they would get a wild card.
You are misconstrued in my board.
Even the league was a bold Yes.
Yes, that's very true.
Um, no, I think I don't know.
I kind of I'm with, um, Seidel on Western a little bit.
But part of me does think that it could be Eastern a little bit.
I think Eastern's gonna show up just a little bit more here.
Um, just cause I like that the defensive side that they have, um So I'm thinking possibly Eastern, and I am going to say that Miami goes back toe because you've got this, Ron.
Basically, uh, season is a sprint, so if you mess up your you're done.
So I think Miami and I think Eastern can show if they can show up in that first game, I think they'll be able to kind of hold on to that and use that momentum.
Who wins? Yeah, it was Ah, I think Miami would win that game.
So you say Miami vs Eastern and Miami wins and Miami went Yep.
I just want to clarify that Zatz with onto you.
Yeah, Alright, so my east one's pretty easy. This is buffalo.
This is buffalo.
And you know anybody who thinks otherwise.
Right now, I kind of don't believe you know.
You've got Miami in there.
You got bowling Green and their bowling green.
You know it's gonna be interesting, but this Buffalo team is legit.
There's a reason why every single person that you're talking, Thio says Buffalo is gonna win.
You know, they're they're the predicted Mac champions to the coaches poll.
I I don't see any reason why Buffalo doesn't have it, and it starts and ends with Jared Paterson.
2000 Russian, 2000 complete yards from scrimmage is ridiculous.
It's ridiculous, and you won't ever see anything like it, you know, even on the professional level, Do you know how hard it is to ac***ulate over 2000 complete yards from scrimmage? It's tough, so I like that.
I like what they bring to the table.
And on top of that there sack leader from last year's coming back now.
Malcolm Kunz had nine sacks last year.
Yeah, you're gonna miss LaDarius Mac and what he brought to the table.
But, you know, I I don't see anything wrong with Buffalo offensively.
Last year, 21 points allowed per game.
Offensively, you scored 31 per game.
That's a winning formula right there.
This is a team that can get after the quarterback.
This is a team that had 43 sacks last year, and this is a team that can get the ball.
So I like Buffalo on the east side of the ball.
We're all kind of sleeping on one team that nobody else is sleeping on it.
That's the Central Michigan chip awas.
Now I get it there without their quarterback.
But this is a team that, from again from Alex told us and from every other portion of it that's been built.
And it zits started to get ready again, going back to that coaches poll, you know, they were predicted to finish first in the West.
And again, I don't know if that was before or after they announced the quarterback debacle going on, but I like Central Michigan to pull out and win it, and I I don't mean to be a a guy that just sticks with the ****ytics, but I gotta kind of just sit here and just wonder in central Michigan.
Oh, you you got n I.
You take on Western Eastern Ball State. Toledo.
I wanted to go with Ball State because I like the points that Reese brought up, and Reese almost convinced me.
But, you know, I it's the same thing is betting against the Kansas City Chiefs this year.
You can't sit there and knock him until you see him play.
I'm going to kind of roll the same mentality with Central Michigan until they showed me otherwise that they cannot contend they cannot be taken out of that number one spot.
So I'm saying Central Michigan and Buffalo and my champions Buffalo I think I m Ball State Alex onto you.
All right, Um won it last year and they still have averages their quarterback.
I was at that Mac championship game was a good game, but I I say Miami just cause I like Gavilon and I think having a quarterback means a lot.
And for the West, I was gonna go with Central.
But since they don't have the court wreck for most the season, I think that's hard to mhm that on one of freshman quarterback Will Dio and looking at Ball State schedule, it seems like The toughest game is Miami, and I also like their quarterback a lot.
So I'll go Miami vs Ball State in the championships? Yes, the wins.
Yeah, here you got is the win.
Uh, no. Miami Back to back.
So you want to just throw this out there real quick? Because Alex did bring up a good point about Central Michigan.
He said that he doesn't wanna bet on Central Michigan because it's a freshman quarterback.
But Miami was a freshman quarterback last year, and he took him all the way.
So you can't sleep on the freshman quarterbacks.
Technically, it was Blaine Gabbert, brother, though. Way.
See how good he's done on I last year Eyes better than Central this year, and I would agree with that.
E think Gabbert just had more around last year, right? But you can't.
You can't e what you're making. Yeah.
So yeah, we'll move on now.
Final segment, and then we'll get out of here.
Barring any more technical issues, Hot takes anyone got one more hot take.
Northern Illinois will be the worst team in the back.
Northern Illinois will be the worst team in the Mac and will be the Onley winless team in the mountains.
I don't think they'll go winless.
I just don't Don't look at their schedule.
I don't see any winds.
And I think Akron finds a way to beat someone.
Just a sneak up game, like maybe a late season get.
I just have a feeling Akron's gonna get going to get one this year.
Okay, I wanna throw one.
I wanna throw one. Just one.
The bowling green Falcons go three and three.
I think that I like that.
I like that, actually.
So here's the thing.
And I know you're going to sit here and argue, but they're they're supposed to finish fifth in the Mac this year.
They're not gonna be the worst, but they're not gonna be any higher than five.
Green Team went two and six in conference last year, and I get that.
It's a condensed schedule, but they definitely be Akron.
I definitely think that this Toledo game sets the tone for the year, But look for this bowling green team to take advantage of one of these games at home.
Kent State, Buffalo and Miami.
Now Miami and Buffalo have been the two teams that we've talked about a ton.
And Reese, you mentioned a dark horse at a Kent State.
But you know, there's but there's bowling. Green Team.
Last year at home went three and three.
They went three and three.
I think that that three and three record reflects this year, and I think that you win at least one of those three games at home.
And if I had to throw one at you, I think it's the Miami game.
I think this bowling green team just three.
I think this bowling green team goes three and three this year.
Lines on that I bowling Green will be second in the Mac East.
Oh, that's Booth.
And only because they were going to beat the Buffalo Bulls at home.
No, no, that's That's more than a That's more hot than Charlie's Pirates take.
And that's saying, Yeah, I'm like I'm a bold green fan, too.
I go to the university.
No, Jared Paterson is, uh, physically incapable of moving.
I e Let me rephrase this. Let me rephrase this.
Bowling Green is getting there.
Coach Leffler is establishing a culture.
As I said earlier, the head coaching position is very, very important position because it comes down to the culture and the tone you set.
That being said, not only do we not know a lot about this team and Matt McDonald, but at the same time this is a team that has gone public, saying that we're going to get our freshmen involved now.
It's gonna be awesome to see what this team can do.
It's gonna be awesome to see what Bowling Green is able to bring to the table is here.
And that being said, it's gonna be tough for them to really push and get up there in the Mac East, especially in a division where you've got the RedHawks, Kent State and Buffalo and that's that's even short changing.
Now I like this.
I like three and three for this BG team.
I think three and three is very much so.
A you can hit this.
But second in the Mackie is who do you think is gonna be a top? The Mackey's buffalo can't say Yeah, so you say you think Buffalo eso you think the buffalo is gonna be third? I think that, but I think bowling green is gonna be a big trap game for the Bulls.
And I think that Kent State is going to give the Bulls all they can.
Eso my prediction.
My prediction is bowling green to Kent one, Buffalo three.
Kent State is going through Ken Stink, you know, win out in the Mac.
Created undefeated in the mag east.
What? One set one.
You want me to schedule? Yes, I have.
Next stuff is Northern Illinois is gonna run the table on the Maga class.
The state is gonna win, is going to go undefeated.
The Mac East Bowling Green.
He's going to finish second.
And that's only because Buffalo is gonna have to losses to Kent State and Bowling Green.
So are you saying only greens only gonna have one loss? Can I ask you to repeat something? What? What's Bowling Green's final record In your eyes, e my hot record.
You want my hot take record or do you want my I want the hot hot take.
You say Ken States going six and Oto win 55 and you're running the table in the match east.
Oh, yeah, because they play. Okay.
What are you saying Bowling.
What are you saying? For bowling green on How are you going with five and one? Who did they lose to who they lose? Thio casting.
We're gonna be Ohio, Miami and Buffalo.
Where the Miami Where? The Miami in 2020 2020.
Anything can happen.
E understand that Take is more of like a mild mild take.
I was just going to say that.
I think that the, uh, division's gonna be decided by the freshman this year.
I think really, it comes down Thio the endurance.
And I feel like with a game load of only six games, people are probably gonna get injured more because these players are like we on Lee have these six games we have to win.
They're gonna be more aggressive out on the field and you're going to see these freshmen and sop****res appear much more on the field for these teams.
Basically, we decided by these freshmen, and I have one last time.
Wait, I will go with a six and Ohio Bobcats who? Okay, that's almost worse than way.
Can't even think that his is worse because we're still recovering from yours, e One way, Alex way.
Why don't you just, uh, their favored in every game? It's well, the Buffalo and Miami games only favored by, like, 2% but they're still favored.
And the only game and not favored in its opener against Central Michigan, who doesn't have their studying quarterback.
So I think it's sort of possible they could go six and all.
They they were overrated last year, but then they did win their bowl game, so I don't know.
Okay, here's my hat.
Central Michigan has a losing record.
Ooh, I'm looking at the schedule.
Okay, Hear me out.
They're gonna be there.
Gonna be this year's Toledo.
Toledo obviously was like a preseason favorite last year.
All right, look at their schedule.
First game, Ohio at home, but no fans in attendance, besides, uh, family members.
So in the marching 1 10.
Yeah, I think I think Ohio goes and beats him right away.
And I think that kind of sets the temple they play.
Northern Illinois will be northern Illinois.
They play Western, I think. Western.
That's a very that's a tossup.
I think Western gets.
Um um I think they be eastern Michigan.
And then that ball state game is the fifth game of the year.
That's another toss up.
I think Ball State wins big.
I think they win big.
That's my prediction.
That game, and then Toledo, let's get in here.
I think two and three, they're gonna be kind of out of it.
And I think they I think they go two and four.
Any final hot takes? No, nothing.
Just for that 60 Eastern e o e man u za season of endurance And I think they have the best shot of really kind of being able to hold on there.
You gotta look out for those five and one Falcons, E man, I'm sorry.
I'm telling my inner Stephen a man.
Yeah, You're not screaming yet? Not yet.
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