2016 Odds to win the Mac Title

By: 
Keith F

With the 2016 College Football Season quickly approaching, there are many teams ambitious to claim the MAC title. Here is a breakdown and analysis on the top MAC favorites to win, along with the top pick for dark horse. The betting odds to win the MAC this season have been provided by Betonline Sportsbook.

TOP FAVORITES

WESTERN MICHIGAN +250

With Zach Terrell and a duo of gifted running backs returning to Western Michigan’s ranks, this team has to be taken seriously as a MAC Contender. The Broncos are not afraid to play with the big boys, as they squared off with both Ohio State and Michigan State in 2015 and gave both teams a game despite being grossly undervalued. Bookmakers have smartened up and are astute to how good this team really is. At this price, the Broncos have to be considered a real threat to the MAC with Jarvion Franklin anywhere on the field.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS +550

The Huskies have been a stalwart in this conference for quite some time now. Northern Illinois has climbed as high as a Non-BCS Conference Champion qualifier for the Orange Bowl during the Jordan Lynch era where they were absolutely decimated by surging Florida State. However, we are not here to scrutinize Northern Illinois’ credentials out-of-conference, we will shift focus to what they have done in the MAC. Northern Illinois is always a team that is ready to lay siege to the MAC and at this price, there is a fair amount of value on tap.

TOLEDO +550 –

Toledo is a fun team to watch and while they are certainly a good team, they lost to the two favorites of this league in 2015. Strategy dictates that if we can get a team that was runner-up for the MAC Championship last year at the same price as a team they beat, we will go ahead and play the team with the proven success. The Rockets have cool jerseys and a whole lot of gadget plays that make them a novelty, but they are also prone for let-downs and thus we recommend a no play.

BEST DARK HORSE

BOWLING GREEN +600

Defending MAC Champion at this price? Don't mind if we do. The Falcons have been regulars in the MAC Championship Game in recent years and we are not concerned about the departure of a truly gifted passer in Matt Johnson. Bowling Green’s offense is one of the most consistent and explosive attacks in all of America, let alone the MAC. Astoundingly, the defending MAC Champions are offered at a price more affable than three teams they edged out for the crown in 2015, suggesting the book has little faith in this team to repeat. As we have championed on many occasions, repeating is a hard thing to do but the Falcons have a resume that shows they have a solid chance of getting back to the opportunity to repeat. At this price, the value dictates the play and we will hop right aboard.