College Football

Football on Tuesday nights? Yeah it’s time for some MAC-tion, bitches!

Part Four!  More than a third of the way there.  I can’t imagine doing this all in one day.

Fourth choice and we get to see a whole shitload of MAC-TION!  One of the most exciting conferences in college football is the MAC, and just like with the Sun Belt, thank the lord baby Jesus for the fact that Bell and Rogers have college football packages or otherwise watching some of this MAC-TION! would never happen.

MAC East

  1.        Bowling Green Falcons (7-1 MAC, 10-2 overall).  The MAC East division always seems to play poor cousin to the stacked MAC West.  It seems as if things are evening out a slight bit.  Some pretty good teams litter this division, with the Falcons looking like they will come out of the rubble on top although it won’t be easy.  They should win the all-important division title game against Ohio late in the season to get to the MAC Championship.
  2.        Ohio Bobcats (6-2 MAC, 9-3 overall).  The Bobcats have two of the best (and most underrated and unknown) offensive talents in QB Tyler Tettleton and RB Beau Blankenship.  I can’t see them beating Bowling Green on the road, however, and I have a feeling they will blow an easier game along the way, giving the Falcons the outright division title, despite their offensive prowess.
  3.        Kent State Golden Flashes (4-4 MAC, 6-6 overall).  Kent State came oh-so-close to playing in the Orange Bowl against Florida State.  I think it would have been a better game to be quite honest.  Saying that, there is almost no way the Flashes are as good this year, especially without Darrell Hazell at the helm (he went to a sweet BCS gig…just kidding, he landed at Purdue).  Bowl eligibility still seems to be within their grasp though.
  4.        Buffalo Bulls (3-5 MAC, 4-8 overall).  There seems to be a few people saying that the Bulls could be the next Kent State…a team that rises from nowhere to make a run at glory.  That won’t happen this year but they will be much improved and maybe there is an outside shot at bowl eligibility here.  They’re non-conference schedule will crush those hopes (@Ohio State followed by @Baylor…yikes…keep it under 100 points combined boys!).
  5.        Miami-OH Redhawks (2-6 MAC, 2-10 overall).  And now to the dregs of the division.  It is a completely hollow consolation prize to be the best of the very worst but the Hawks should grab that position.  Lucky for them, Akron and UMass are in their division or otherwise you’d be looking at a bottom feeder for this season.
  6.        Akron Zips (2-6 MAC, 3-9 overall).  A Bowden sighting!  OK it’s just Terry but it looks like he has this ship going in the right direction.  A Bowden at the helm can’t be all bad (fans of Auburn can stop laughing now).
  7.        Massachusetts Minutemen (1-7 MAC, 2-10 overall).  It’s going to be another rough year for UMass.  Their transition to the FBS hasn’t gone as smoothly as they would have liked and I cannot foresee climbing out of the basement again.  The problem may come from the fact that it always seems like the teams ahead of them (in this case Akron, Miami-OH, and Buffalo) all seem to be improving, making it near-impossible for the Minutemen to get out of last.  Poor guys.  At least they can try and get some of that Tom Brady/Patriots-aura surrounding them while they play at Gillette Stadium this season.

MAC West

  1.        Northern Illinois Huskies (7-1 MAC, 11-1 overall).  Back on top of their perch in the west.  The Huskies appear poised to run the MAC West gauntlet and come out as unscathed as they can.  They still have possible Heisman contender Jordan Lynch at QB which would be enough to put this team at the top on its own.  Very much a winning atmosphere (kind of like Boise State) seems to be permeating the campus in Dekalb.
  2.        Western Michigan Broncos (6-2 MAC, 8-4 overall).  The model of consistency (for the most part).  The Broncos always seem to be in the mix of things.  Really it will all come down to the season-ending game at NIU, which I predict the Broncos to lose to give the Huskies the division title.  Close but no Cuban cigar.
  3.        Ball State Cardinals (5-3 MAC, 8-4 overall).  Pete Lembo is doing an awesome job at Ball State.  Which means a BCS job is waiting for him, possibly as soon as next season.  He will definitely get the most out of his Cardinals this year but I can’t see them beating out either Northern Illinois or Western Michigan.  David Letterman will be crushed.
  4.        Toledo Rockets (5-3 MAC, 7-5 overall).  Another model of consistency (kind of like the MAC as a whole).  They have an enthusiastic head coach, a hard-working team, and a good fanbase (by MAC standards).  Probably not the spot they will want to be in but the hope is that they can build for the next season.  Another bowl may be in the works for this team.
  5.        Central Michigan Chippewas (3-5 MAC, 6-6 overall).  I guess it’s not bad that they aren’t the worst directional Michigan-based school this year.  All in all, they will be bowl-eligible but getting picked over possibly seven other teams out of the MAC probably won’t happen.
  6.        Eastern Michigan Eagles (0-8 MAC, 1-11 overall).  Poor Ron English.  It looked like the Eagles were finally, FINALLY, going to be going bowling on a consistent basis.  Unfortunately, the rest of the division is tough and I can see them regressing to a very low point which would cost Poor Ron his job.

Northern Illinois is looking at a return trip to Ford Field while Bowling Green is back on top (of their division).  I cannot see the Falcons defeating the Huskies in this one as Northern Illinois is clearly the most dominant MAC team in a conference of fairly good teams.

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