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Six MAC Games You Won't Want To Miss In 2013

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After coming so close in 2012 under coach Darrell Hazell (pictured), new coach Paul Haynes (not pictured), Roosevelt Nix (5) and Kent State are once again in the hunt for a conference title. But with surging division powers Bowling Green and Ohio, the Golden Flashes will be fortunate just to make it back to the MAC championship game. Kent State will get at least some say in who wins the East by playing Ohio. Photo by David Dermer/Getty Images.
After coming so close in 2012 under coach Darrell Hazell (pictured), new coach Paul Haynes (not pictured), Roosevelt Nix (5) and Kent State are once again in the hunt for a conference title. But with surging division powers Bowling Green and Ohio, the Golden Flashes will be fortunate just to make it back to the MAC championship game. Kent State will get at least some say in who wins the East by playing Ohio. Photo by David Dermer/Getty Images.

In an article earlier this preseason, I picked Ohio to represent the East in the MAC championship game. But understand a prediction like that does not make me believe this game will be a walk in the park for the Bobcats. After playing Bowling Green the week prior, this mid-week meeting with the Golden Flashes could be a trap ready to ensnare Ohio on their way to a division title.

Ohio QB Tyler Tettleton and his offensive unit will be up against arguably the best defensive player in the conference in DT Roosevelt Nix, who singlehandedly could wreak havoc to the point that this game comes down to the wire. The big question will be whether or not the rest of the Kent State defense will be able to handle the Bobcats’ offense.

As Kent State was the division winner only a year ago, it seems fitting that a promising Ohio will have to go through the Golden Flashes to make it to the conference title game. This game will be the last in Kent State’s regular season and could be the last of the year depending on how the season goes. Even if Kent State is in the running to play in the postseason, this will be a game it can’t afford to lose. Either way, emotions will be running high. Lucky for the Bobcats, they get to play this one at home.