The MAC East: The Land of Opportunity
The MAC has been a very topsy-turvy conference over the past few seasons. One year a team is busy winning just a single game. The next year they win the whole conference. Similarly, a team can be riding a 40-year bowl drought, and then come within an overtime period of qualifying for a BCS bowl. Or I should say, one half of the conference has been topsy-turvy. In the MAC East, no team has repeated as division champions since Miami of Ohio in 2003 and 2004. However, out West, Central Michigan won three MAC West (and MAC Championship Games) in four seasons from 2006-2009. Furthermore, Northern Illinois has won the past three MAC West titles and is a heavy favorite to make it four in a row in 2013. The MAC East has truly been the land of opportunity, but the MAC West has been a territory of hegemony. The table below lists the MAC division champions since 2006, as well as their respective division finish the previous season.