TEAM: Western Michigan Broncos
2015 RECORD: 8-5, 6-2 MAC (Part of four-way tie atop MAC West)
HEAD COACH: P.J. Fleck
MAC MEDIA PRESEASON POLL RANK: (1TH in West and MAC title game winner)
After a shaky (1-3) non-conference run last year, Western Michigan regrouped to reel off five straight Mid-American Conference victories. With a 54-7 drubbing of Ball State, the Broncos appeared to be in good shape for a MAC West title.
Western managed to win just one of the three remaining regular season games, however, and fell short in a title game ticket tiebreaker. Northern Illinois, physically battered at season’s end, got the trip and was handily dispatched by Bowling Green in the championship game.
It’s a do-over for Western Michigan in 2016. But . . .