10. Bowling Green: The Falcons need a new kicker but return Nick Iovinelli, who is one of the league's better punters.
11. Ball State: The Cardinals are in search of a punter but are set at kicker with Ian McGarvey.
12. Northern Illinois: The Huskies may ask Mike Salerno, perhaps the MAC's top kicker, to also punt this fall.
13. Miami: The RedHawks are breaking in a new kicker and a new punter. At least Miami can count on Eugene Harris in the return game.
1. Western Michigan: No coach in the MAC is a better combination of tactician and recruiter than the no-nonsense Bill Cubit.
2. Central Michigan:Butch Jones has led the Chippewas to consecutive Motor City Bowls in his two years. This may be his best team yet.
3. Buffalo: Many felt Turner Gill would bolt after last season, but he stayed - and switched both coordinators. Don't expect Gill's star to fade.
4. Bowling Green: Hiring Dave Clawson was a good move, as he's a proven commodity who won big at Football Championship Subdivision member Richmond before a rocky stint as offensive coordinator at Tennessee last season.
5. Akron:J.D. Brookhart probably needs to post a winning record. And it should happen for a talented team with a strong staff.
6. Temple: Al Golden is a cerebral coach and master motivator who is close to a breakthrough season. Could he be the next coach at, say, Virginia?
7. Northern Illinois:Jerry Kill has worked his way up through the back roads of Saginaw Valley State (Mich.), Emporia (Kan.) State and Southern Illinois. It took him one year to get the Huskies to a bowl.
8. Ohio:Frank Solich has gotten the Bobcats to one bowl in four years, which makes this a potential make-or-break season.
9. Ball State: Not many men get another chance to be a head coach at 62. But here's Stan Parrish, taking over for Brady Hoke after head-coaching stints at Marshall and Kansas State, where he went 2-30-1 from 1986-88 before Bill Snyder took over.
10. Kent State:Doug Martin has had five seasons to post a winning mark, and this may be his last chance at one of the toughest jobs in America. The Golden Flashes haven't been to a bowl since 1972.
11. Eastern Michigan:Ron English is ready for this opportunity after working at schools such as Louisville, Michigan and Arizona State.
12. Toledo:Tim Beckman brings a much-needed defensive background to the program.
13. Miami:Mike Haywood almost got the Houston job in 2008. Despite a rich tradition in Oxford, this is a tough job that will challenge Haywood.