Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Prediction Week: Ohio Athletic Conference

Give this Ohio newbie a few college football conferences to track, and predictions will quickly follow. Let's continue our prediction week with a look at the Ohio Athletic Conference. The rest of this week's schedule Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (Thursday) and Mountain East Conference (Friday). Previous predictions: Mid-American Conference (Monday) and Big Ten (Tuesday)

Ohio Athletic Conference

1. Mount Union -- Might be the only prohibitive favorite in the country replacing 17 starters and a legendary coach.

2. Heidelberg -- Sixteen starters return from a team that went 9-2 and reached the NCAA Division III playoffs.

3. Otterbein -- Tim Doup flipped a 3-7 team into an 8-2 group in his first season. Consecutive toss-up games against John Carroll (Sept. 28) and Baldwin Wallace (Oct. 5) might determine season.

4. Baldwin Wallace -- No reason to think the Yellow Jackets can't win at least seven games for fourth straight year.

5. John Carroll -- Quarterback Mark Myers, who started his career at Pitt, has plenty of weapons. Nice starting point for former Blue Streaks quarterback and first-year coach Tom Arth.

6. Ohio Northern -- Trying to rebound from an uncharacteristic losing season.

7. Muskingum -- Opening conference play against Mount Union and Baldwin Wallace is never fun.

8. Capital -- Remember Craig Candeto's name. The former Navy quarterback could flourish in his first head coaching assignment.

9. Wilmington -- Former Cleveland Browns defensive back Stacey Hairston working with 19 returning starters.

10. Marietta -- Linebacker Jake Hammer has a great name for a defensive stalwart.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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