MAC West sneak peek: Burning concerns for each team
After trailing for much of the game last October 29, Toledo took its very first lead on Eastern Michigan on a one-yard pass from Tucker Gleason to Lenny Kuhl with 2:09 staying. A late interception sealed the offer, and Toledo moved to 4-1 in conference play as EMU fell to 2-3.
That two-game advantage simply hardly held up. EMU triumphed, Toledo lost two of three, and the Rockets won their first MAC West title in five years on the head-to-head tiebreaker. EMU stayed the only current conference member to never ever reach the MAC championship, and Toledo reigned as, honestly, it more regularly should. The Firecrackers have some of the very best facilities in the MAC and draw in the best recruiting rankings on average. That they’ve just played in the conference title game twice since 2004 is pretty baffling. Regardless, they got there, and they won, beating Ohio by 10.
In theory, they need to win again in 2023, and EMU should when again be their primary challenger. However “need to” doesn’t tend to play in the MAC. This is a conference of parity, funky bounces and beautiful, gorgeous rubbish, and lots of groups are plotting bounceback projects as we speak.Let’s preview the MAC West!Every week through the offseason
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