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Y11 Audio: The 2023 MAC West Preview (with Justin Coffin)

Y11 Audio: The 2023 MAC West Preview (with Justin Coffin)

Toledo's the heavy preseason pick to win the West. How good of a shot does EMU have at getting to its first MAC title game?


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Welcome to another episode of Y11 Audio! This is Ypsilanti’s college football podcast; read Ypsilanti’s college football newsletter at

It’s Week 0! College football is really this week!

Ahead of last weekend, I previewed the MAC East with Justin Coffin (of MAC Football Pod). We continued our conversation into today’s episode: the MAC West preview.

Western Michigan (5:15) is going through a calculated coaching change that should force this team to be better at passing the ball. Will that work in Kalamazoo? Will that work in Year 1? Is Hayden Wolff, the Old Dominion transfer, going to be enough?

Northern Illinois (13:34) is a program that will always have my respect, but will this team be any good if Rocky Lombardi doesn’t get enough help?

I’ve got a lot of questions on Central Michigan (21:03). I trust CMU to play good defense, but I have no clue what to expect out of the offense.

Ball State (28:57) has as much potential as anybody in this division if things go right, but after last year’s performance, it’s hard to say which direction the program is truly heading in.

The team we’ve all be waiting to talk so much about: Eastern Michigan (37:21). Under Chris Creighton, this program has a winning record and a chance to make the program’s first MAC championship appearance.

The death star: Toledo (45:12). The Rockets already have some preseason Top 25 votes, but it’s still going to have to make some more believers out of voters. That’ll begin with a tough road game against Illinois, then it’ll be up to Toledo (as always) to not self-destruct its way out of a divisional race.

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