One of the most beloved conferences in the world of college football betting is the MAC, with mid-week action coming from this league elevating it to center stage late in conference play. But the entire season in the MAC is full of intrigue, as there are several teams in the mix to win this league in 2023. Here, we look at the MAC championship betting landscape and what bettors need to keep in mind when betting this league this year.
MAC Football Championship Odds
MAC Football Championship Betting Preview
The favorite to win this year’s MAC championship is Toledo, who is looking to win the MAC for the second straight season. But the Rockets didn’t exactly run through the MAC this past season, going 5-3 and barely winning the West division over Eastern Michigan. Quarterback Dequan Finn completed under 60% of his passes last year, and needs to be better if the Rockets are going to do more than just squeak by en route to the MAC title.
There are four other teams inside of +1000 odds to win this conference in 2023. The Ohio Bobcats and their typically dangerous running game will be Toledo’s toughest competitor in this league, especially after a 3-0 non-conference start to the season. But Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, and Miami (OH) are all teams that are being given a shot to win this league as well. With the unpredictability that comes with a lower-level conference like the MAC, we could see any number of teams at the top of the standings when the MAC season is over.
MAC Football Conference Betting & Handicapping
The MAC is a breeding ground for coaches, so coaches come, and coaches go. Teams get into a form cycle and play well for a few years and then fade away into oblivion. Northern Illinois was a constant in this league with four conference titles from 2011-18 and six straight Conference Championship Game appearances from 2010-15, fell on hard times from 2018-2020, and then won the Conference Championship Game again in 2021.
It can be a tough conference to handicap from a futures standpoint because just about anybody can beat just about anybody else in a given week. Very little defense is played in this conference, so the games are high-variance and often high-scoring. That kind of environment does make it challenging to pinpoint a winner and the best team.
Expect the unexpected in the MAC, where roster turnover and personnel changes are common, and teams have a hard time sustaining consistency as a result.
MAC Football Championship History
MAC Football Championship Wins
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