College Football

It’s time for some #MACtion, bitches!!!!!!

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One of the greatest things to happen in college football broadcasting in the past decade was the introduction of MACtion.  The MAC and ESPN, in both their infinite wisdom, created a deal so that the MAC could have some Tuesday and Wednesday night games in November.  More college football for us!  That is not a bad thing at all.  I am sure Conference USA is kicking themselves for not thinking of something like this.  Well, maybe they still could but it would relegated (somewhat) to FOX Sports One or American Sports Network or something like that.  Either way, maybe that’s a way to get around their own horrible set of TV contracts.

But back to the MAC.  Fun football to watch.  And if you get the specialty pack you get a lot of it in this area, especially in November.  I think the thing about the MAC is many people say it’s full of parity but that’s a bit of a misnomer.  Northern Illinois has been in the last six MAC Championship games so even though Toledo and Western Michigan have fielded some good teams the past few years, no one has broken that stranglehold.  Out in the East, Bowling Green has seemed to be the team to beat over the past few years.  Do I see anything different this year?  Well here are the predicted conference standings followed by reflections of an insane college football fan:

             Conference                 Overall
East W L W L
Ohio 6 2 9 3
Bowling Green 5 3 7 5
Buffalo 4 4 6 6
Akron 3 5 4 8
Kent State 1 7 3 9
Miami-OH 1 7 2 10
West
Western Michigan 8 0 11 1
Northern Illinois 7 1 9 3
Toledo 6 2 8 4
Central Michigan 5 3 7 5
Ball State 2 6 3 9
Eastern Michigan 0 8 0 12

Reflections of an Insane College Football Fan

  • Well how about that! No Northern Illinois and no Bowling Green in the MAC Championship.  Bowling Green is easy.  They will struggle big time with that schedule of theirs.  Having to go to Ohio, Toledo, and NIU will destroy their MAC East title dreams.  As for the Huskies, they are going to have another great season, except for one conference game: against Western Michigan.  That will end up being the de facto MAC West Championship game and I can see the Broncos finally rowing the boat right to Ford Field.
  • Also, WMU will get some discussion in the Group of Five New Year’s Six spot. Unfortunately for them they will have some serious competition from Houston, Boise State, and San Diego State for that spot.  Lucky for them, the MAC is being regarded as slightly better than Conference USA now (or at least on par with it).  Standing inside the Group of Five is still an important thing despite the fact they are all essentially fighting for one spot.
  • Eastern Michigan is a terrible football program. I don’t feel bad saying that.  They used to lie about their attendance figures.  The only half-decent team they had over the past three decades was 6-6 a few years ago with no bowl invite.  It’s a complete pathetic mess.  So having them winless this season isn’t that far-fetched really.  I also think the grey turf experiment has to end.  Watching a game from their stadium looks bizarre.
  • Once again, the West division will be much better than the East. Like not even close.  I have the West’s conference record at 28-20 and that’s with Eastern Michigan included.  Without, it’s an astonishing 28-12.  So yeah there’s a bit of disparity there.
  • Frank Solich spinning his magic yet again in Athens. He always has Ohio at the very least contending for a bowl game.  This season I can see him pulling out the MAC East as well in a down year for the division.
  • No UMass no problem. No, seriously.  UMass never fit in the MAC.  If they want to expand they almost have to keep close to the geographic footprint as it currently is.  Buffalo and Northern Illinois are far enough apart.
  • I believe the East champ (Ohio) won’t have a hope in hell against the West champ (WMU). Saying that, the MAC Championship has been a crapshoot most years and many times a team that is ranked gets upset and loses any credible shot at a really good bowl.  Even though I am picking the Broncos, it wouldn’t surprise me if Ohio put the final nail in their New Year’s Six coffin.

We are almost down to the final conference, the Big Ten.  Finally.  We are also less than a month away from the first official college football game of the 2016 season (30 days to be exact)!  Everyone rejoice (or something along those lines).

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