We continue our look at the 2018 College Football Conferences at KnupSports. Today we dive into the Mid American Conference (MAC) and scour their schedule and make predictions for the 2018 season.

MAC East


Akron Zips

The Zips go on the road for the first part of the schedule with five of seven away from home. They will need to get one or two of those for a bowl chance. Loo for 6-6 on the season.

Schedule
Sept. 1 at Nebraska
Sept. 8 Morgan State
Sept. 15 at Northwestern
Sept. 22 at Iowa State
Sept. 29 OPEN DATE
Oct. 6 Miami Univ.
Oct. 13 at Buffalo
Oct. 20 at Kent State
Oct. 27 Central Michigan
Nov. 1 Northern Illinois
Nov. 10 at Eastern Michigan
Nov. 17 Bowling Green
Nov. 23 at Ohio


Bowling Green Falcons

The schedule will be tough as they go to Oregon to open the season and then come home to Big Ten Maryland. Along the way, they travel to Georgia Tech and Toledo. The Falcons won’t make it to a bowl game in all likelihood as they finish 4-8

Schedule
Sept. 1 at Oregon
Sept. 8 Maryland
Sept. 15 Eastern Kentucky
Sept. 22 Miami Univ.
Sept. 29 at Georgia Tech
Oct. 6 at Toledo
Oct. 13 Western Michigan
Oct. 20 at Ohio
Oct. 30 Kent State
Nov. 3 OPEN DATE
Nov. 10 at Central Michigan
Nov. 17 at Akron
Nov. 23 Buffalo


Buffalo Bulls

The Bills could make some noise this season as they face one team from the Power 5 conferences in Rutgers. A few road games may cause a slip-up but Buffalo can go 8-4 this season.

Schedule
Sept. 1 Delaware State
Sept. 8 at Temple
Sept. 15 Eastern Michigan
Sept. 22 at Rutgers
Sept. 29 Army
Oct. 6 at Central Michigan
Oct. 13 Akron
Oct. 20 at Toledo
Oct. 30 Miami Univ.
Nov. 6 Kent State
Nov. 14 at Ohio
Nov. 17 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 at Bowling Green


Kent State Golden Flashes

Not many wins here with Illinois from the Big Ten as their opener and Penn State in week three. They must capitalize on home games. They finish 3-9 in 2018.

Schedule
Sept. 1 at Illinois
Sept. 8 Howard
Sept. 15 at Penn State
Sept. 22 at Ole Miss
Sept. 29 at Ball State
Oct. 6 Ohio
Oct. 13 at Miami Univ.
Oct. 20 Akron
Oct. 30 at Bowling Green
Nov. 3 at Buffalo
Nov. 10 OPEN DATE
Nov. 15 Toledo
Nov. 23 Eastern Michigan


Miami University RedHawks

The RedHawks have a tough set of roads games but can win some games at home. This will be an average team that finishes at 6-6.

Schedule
Sept. 1 Marshall
Sept. 8 Cincinnati (in Cin)
Sept. 15 at Minnesota
Sept. 22 at Bowling Green
Sept. 29 Western Michigan
Oct. 6 at Akron
Oct. 13 Kent State
Oct. 20 at Army
Oct. 30 at Buffalo
Nov. 7 Ohio
Nov. 10 OPEN DATE
Nov. 14 at NIU
Nov. 20 Ball State


Ohio Bobcats

The Bobcats don’t stray far from home as they stay in-state for five of the last six games. The middle of the schedule will set the tone for Ohio as they are on the road. Look for this team to win some games and finish 9-3 for the year.

Schedule
Sept. 1 Howard
Sept. 8 OPEN DATE
Sept. 15 at Virginia
Sept. 22 at Cincinnati
Sept. 29 UMass
Oct. 6 at Kent State
Oct. 13 at NIU
Oct. 20 Bowling Green
Oct. 25 Ball State
Nov. 1 at Western Michigan
Nov. 7 at Miami Univ.
Nov. 14 Buffalo
Nov. 23 Akro


MAC WEST

Ball State Cardinals

The Cardinals have a home cooking schedule as they stay in-state until mid-October. The end of the schedule could prove to be there undoing. Look for Ball State to go 4-8 on the year.

Schedule
Aug. 30 Central Connecticut State
Sept. 8 at Notre Dame
Sept. 15 at Indiana
Sept. 22 WKU
Sept. 29 Kent State
Oct. 6 NIU
Oct. 13 at Central Michigan
Oct. 20 Eastern Michigan
Oct. 25 at Ohio
Oct. 31 at Toledo
Nov. 3 OPEN DATE
Nov. 13 Western Michigan
Nov. 20 at Miami Univ.


Central Michigan Chippewas

Yikes, Central Michigan has a tough schedule with Kentucky, Kansas and Michigan State. They can win one of those along with a few road games and they complete the schedule at 7-5.

Schedule
Sept. 1 at Kentucky
Sept. 8 Kansas
Sept. 15 at NIU
Sept. 22 Maine
Sept. 29 at Michigan State
Oct. 6 Buffalo
Oct. 13 Ball State
Oct. 20 Western Michigan
Oct. 27 at Akron
Nov. 3 at Eastern Michigan
Nov. 10 Bowling Green
Nov. 17 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 at Toledo


Eastern Michigan Eagles

After a winnable opener against Monmouth, the Eagles go on the road for four of the next five games. This team has a chance to surprise the conference with some wins and end 6-6 for the season.

Schedule
Aug. 31 Monmouth
Sept. 8 at Purdue
Sept. 15 at Buffalo
Sept. 22 at San Diego State
Sept. 29 NIU
Oct. 6 at Western Michigan
Oct. 13 Toledo
Oct. 20 at Ball State
Oct. 27 Army
Nov. 3 Central Michigan
Nov. 10 Akron
Nov. 17 OPEN DATE
Nov. 23 at Kent State


Northern Illinois Huskies

NIU travels to Iowa in the opener and a few games later are at Florida State. Last year, they defeated Nebraska so anything is possible. There are few losses on the schedule for the Huskies as they finish 8-4.

Schedule
Sept. 1 at Iowa
Sept. 8 Utah
Sept. 15 Central Michigan
Sept. 22 at Florida State
Sept. 29 at Eastern Michigan
Oct. 6 at Ball State
Oct. 13 Ohio
Oct. 20 OPEN DATE
Oct. 27 at BYU
Nov. 1 at Akron
Nov. 7 Toledo
Nov. 14 Miami University
Nov. 20 at Western Michigan


Toledo Rockets

The Rockets grab an open date in week two which is no help but they are at home four of their first five contests before heading to Fresno State. Toledo can put up an offense against anyone and likely complete the schedule 8-4.

Schedule
Sept. 1 VMI
Sept. 8 OPEN DATE
Sept. 15 Miami
Sept. 22 Nevada
Sept. 29 at Fresno State
Oct. 6 Bowling Green
Oct. 13 at Eastern Michigan
Oct. 20 Buffalo
Oct. 25 at Western Michigan
Nov. 3 OPEN DATE
Nov. 7 at NIU
Nov. 15 at Kent State
Nov. 23 Central Michigan


Western Michigan Broncos

The Broncos will travel to Ann Arbor to face in-state Michigan in one week after entertaining Syracuse in the opener. Don’t look for surprises from Western Michigan. The may get a bowl game but must end 6-6 for the year.

Schedule
Aug. 31 Syracuse
Sept. 8 at Michigan
Sept. 15 Delaware State
Sept. 22 at Georgia State
Sept. 29 at Miami Univ.
Oct. 6 Eastern Michigan
Oct. 13 at Bowling Green
Oct. 20 at Central Michigan
Oct. 25 Toledo
Nov. 1 Ohio
Nov. 10 OPEN DATE
Nov. 13 at Ball State
Nov. 20 NIU