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  1. Miles Bradford pls. You could follow in the footsteps of Sean Taylor!
  2. A 5-3 record for the this week, all against OOC foes. How did our voters process the weekend slate of games and apply them to the MAC pecking order? Remember, if you don't like where you are, play better. MAC Power Rankings After Week 4 Rank (Poll Pts.) Team (First Place Votes) Record (Conf. Record) Streak Change from Last Week 1 (58) Western Michigan Broncos (3) 2-1 (1-0) W1 +1 2 (54) Miami (OH) Redhawks (2) 3-0 (0-0) W3 -1 3 (48) Toledo Rockets 2-1 (0-0) W2 - 4 (44) Akron Zips 3-0 (2-0) W3 +2 5 (42) Ohio Bobcats 1-2 (1-0) L1 - 6 (39) Buffalo Bulls 2-1 (0-1) L1 -2 7 (30) Bowling Green Falcons 1-2 (0-1) W1 - 8 (24) Kent State Golden Flashes 1-2 (0-0) W1 - 9 (19) Northern Illinois Huskies 1-2 (0-1) W1 +1 10 (17) Ball State Cardinals 0-3 (0-2) L3 -1 11 (9) Central Michigan Chippewas 0-3 (0-0) L3 - 12 (6) Eastern Michigan Eagles 0-3 (0-0) L3 - Number of voters: 5 12 points awarded for first, 11 for second, etc. Was it the 3 INT game by WMU's defense and another 100-yard game from DeSean Madison? Did overtime discount Miami's win in the eyes of the voters? We can't be sure, but the game of hot potato continues with the top spot; this week it's the Broncos who are kings of the MAC hill despite the Redhawks' undefeated start. It's kind of a shame that Miami's potent passing attack and WMU's excellent secondary don't get to play each other during this regular season, that would be a fun matchup to watch for sure. Toledo is lurking at #3, and Akron jumps past an idle Buffalo squad and an Ohio team that put up one heck of a fight against SMU (#QualityLoss). In the other half of the rankings, NIU and Ball State exchange deck chairs thanks to coach Noobie's first career win. But it's starting to look like many of these lower teams may have to wait until conference play begins in earnest before they make any serious headway up the chart.
  3. Offensive MAC Player of the Week: QB Benjamin Hanson, Toledo 20 of 26 for 255 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT (W vs. Old Dominion) Hanson goes back-to-back with this award on the heels of a uber-efficient statline. A 76 percent completion rate and 9.81 passing yards per attempt are just the cherries on top of that already pretty 3/0 TD/INT QB sundae. Toledo will give someone else a chance to win this award next week with a bye before starting into the conference portion of their schedule, but we can likely expect to see Mr. Hanson's name in consideration for this award a few more times this year. Defensive MAC Player of the Week: CB Sean Taylor, W. Michigan 1 INT, 3 Tackles, 1 TD (W at Navy) Welcome back, Mr. Taylor! After being invisible the first two games of the season, the Broncos' star cornerback made his presence felt in a big way, picking off a pass from Navy QB Isaiah Best and taking it all the way back for a pick-six in WMU's 24-13 win. As noted by @Bubada shortly after the game, half of Taylor's 12 career interceptions have gone the other way for a touchdown. He is truly an electrifying player on the field. Special Teams MAC Player of the Week: K Josh Booth, Akron 4/4 FG (made 38, 28, 31, 42), 3/3 XP Akron's senior placekicker had himself a heck of a game on Thursday. Kicking ain't easy but Booth made it seem that way, drilling the ball perfectly on all four of his field goal tries. Add in his three extra points and he almost matched UTEP's point total all by himself! (UTEP 17, Booth 15) He and his leg get a well-earned rest this week. Congratulations to all the winners!
  4. Your depth players, our starters. Blame the state of Ohio for having 2736481 schools in-state. Excellent write-up, TazerMan!
  5. Please send in your rankings to me by Tuesday midnight EST. For your convenience, how the fared this week: MAC Results After Week 4 Rank Team, Result Record (Conf. Record) Streak Next Week 1 Miami (OH) Redhawks WON at Southern Miss (24-17) 3-0 (0-0) W3 vs. Eastern Michigan 2 Western Michigan Broncos WON at Navy (24-13) 2-1 (1-0) W1 vs. San Diego St. 3 Toledo Rockets WON vs Old Dominion 48-7 2-1 (0-0) W2 BYE 4 Buffalo Bulls BYE 2-1 (0-1) L1 at Marshall 5 Ohio LOST vs. #11 SMU 19-20 1-2 (1-0) L1 BYE 6 Akron WON vs. UTEP 33-17 3-0 (2-0) W3 BYE 7 Bowling Green Falcons BYE 1-2 (0-1) W1 at Kent State 8 Kent State BYE 1-2 (0-0) W1 vs. Bowling Green 9 Ball State LOST at #19 Virginia 3-44 0-3 (0-2) L3 at Ole Miss 10 Northern Illinois vs. FIU 17-13 1-2 (0-1) W1 at Army 11 Central Michigan LOST at UTSA 10-27 0-3 (0-0) L3 vs. Wisconsin 12 Eastern Michigan BYE 0-3 (0-0) L3 at Miami (OH)
  6. A much better showing for the MAC this week, as everybody's favorite conference went 4-3 in out of conference play. Did Best!Miami proving they are Better!Miami than Other!Miami(FL) sway the voters this time around? What about Kent State and Bowling Green picking up their first wins of the season? To the chart! MAC Power Rankings After Week 3 Rank (Poll Pts.) Team (First Place Votes) Record (Conf. Record) Streak Change from Last Week 1 (65) Miami (OH) Redhawks (3) 2-0 (0-0) W2 +2 2 (63) Western Michigan Broncos (2) 1-1 (1-0) L1 - 3 (61) Toledo Rockets 1-1 (0-0) W1 - 4 (53) Buffalo Bulls (1) 2-1 (0-1) L1 -3 5 (51) Ohio Bobcats 1-1 (1-0) W1 +1 6 (49) Akron Zips 2-0 (2-0) W2 -1 7 (36) Bowling Green Falcons 1-2 (0-1) W1 +1 8 (28) Kent State Golden Flashes 1-2 (0-0) W1 +2 9 (24) Ball State Cardinals 0-2 (0-2) L2 -1 10 (19) Northern Illinois Huskies 0-2 (0-1) L2 -1 11 (13) Central Michigan Chippewas 0-2 (0-0) L2 - 12 (6) Eastern Michigan Eagles 0-3 (0-0) L3 - Number of voters: 6 12 points for first, 11 for second, etc. It turns out that indeed Best!Miami's performance in Florida did get them to the top of the polls, although there isn't much separation between them, Western Michigan, and Toledo. The biggest fall is Buffalo's who continues to have a Bobcat problem. The Bulls will be kicking themselves if this Ohio loss costs them the MAC Championship game like it did last year. You can start to see a divide between the top and bottom halves of the chart, but it's still early and conference play has yet to truly begin. Also, a pair of MAC teams have YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE visibility games against ranked opponents; Ohio hosts #11 SMU while Ball State travels to #19 Virginia. Good luck, gentlemen! Did You Know? This is the first poll in the history of this iteration of MAC Power Rankings that doesn't have a first-place Toledo vote. "If it's not MAC, it's wack!"
  7. Whoopsadoodle, forgot to post the Week 3 Player of the Week winners: MAC Offensive Players of the Week: QB Benjamin Hanson, Toledo, 19 of 25 for 250 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT (W vs. Memphis) RB Owen Walton, Ohio, 22 rushes for 102 yards, 2 TD (W at Buffalo) MAC Defensive Player of the Week: OLB Brandon Thomas, Bowling Green, 2 Sacks, 7 Tackles (W vs. E. Carolina) MAC Special Team Player of the Week: K Timmy Wilhelm, Ohio, 1/1 FG (made 43), 4/4 XP (W at Buffalo) No writeups this week, sorry. But onward and upward. Which player best deserves your weekly accolades?
  8. Updated after Week 4.
  9. MAC Statsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16NQnKhd0Yo3E_8zrHO9GjaQQN6WaM2huwBM1TNAgJo0/edit?usp=sharing Added extra information, carried over from old statsheet. If that messes with later data scraping, let me know and I can hide/remove them. Sometime later I may highlight player rows with pro potential (Potential 4.0 and higher).
  10. Welcome back to the score sheet Sean Taylor! GG Todd.
  11. Last Week’s pick record: 5-1 Pick record reaction gif: Pick record to date: 10-1 Welcome back! On behalf of the lovely #MACtion Jenny and special silent guest star Calvin Jones, I’m your host Bruce Baguen. But first, the ceremonial torch lighting as performed by #MACtion Jenny: Thursday Night UTEP (0-1) at Akron (2-0, 2-0) : non-conference Last Week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvU2CdzPQf8 (Both teams on BYE) The Zips have been inconsistent enough in their history that they should know not to take any game for granted, but if there was ever a temptation to do so it could be this one. Akron outclasses UTEP at every position except Kicker, and it's hard to see how T.J. Zamora and Nathaniel Ruff don't get to run where they want against a defense whose best player is a 3.5 of 3.5 ILB. The Akron wideouts versus the UTEP secondary is a closer battle but one the Zips can fight on their own terms, especially if the linebackers and safeties have to creep up to defend the run. True freshman Darnell Prince struggled in his college debut (13 of 26 for 140 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 4 rushes for 28 yards) against Utah State, who in turn have been outscored 82-14 by Cincinnati and Air Force. Akron will probably load the box against RB Justin Barksdale (23 for 118 yards, 2 TD) and make Prince prove he can beat them, but DTs Marlon Bailey and Corey Brantley won't even want to give him that chance. And against an O-line that graded a 3.4 in their first game and is starting a 1.5 of 3.0 center? It could be a long, LONG day for Prince. Prediction: 31-10 Akron gets halfway to a bowl with a win over a rebuilding UTEP team. We'll even throw in a bold prediction; the Zips have more than 200 rushing yards. Friday Night Florida International (0-2) at Northern Illinois (0-2, 0-1): non-conference Last Week: The Panthers couldn’t stop the Rebels from doing pretty much whatever they wanted in Miami (L at 13-45), while the #BradyBus was brutally efficient in hitting open receivers and picking up where the #ConroyConvoy left off (L vs. 10-23) Northern Illinois is one of the biggest question marks in the MAC. They have talent on offense but haven’t done much with them over the last couple of seasons. Charlie Sanford struggled once again (14 of 26 for 150 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT), prompting a change at quarterback. Out goes Sanford, in comes redshirt junior Dwayne Curry. Curry is more of a runner than Sanford is; does this signal a scheme change for the Huskies? RB Daniel Hutchins (48 rushes for 232 yards, 2 TDs) is a legitimate NFL prospect and has played like it so far, but he can’t carry this offense by himself. We don’t know if Curry is the answer, but coach @Noobie MUST find a way to get some production from the quarterback position. Fortunately for him and the Huskies, FIU’s defense is about as soft a landing as you can ask for. Only three of the Panthers’ defensive starters are Juniors or older, so there is a lot of inexperience to take advantage of all over the field. Poor Brannon Austin. Take what we said about Hutchins above and multiply it by 50. It’s very hard to be the only threat on the team, especially when your QB has a season statline of 29 of 56 for 319 yards, 1 TD, and 5 INT through two games. The FIU RB has dreams of playing on Sunday, but pro coaches will have to look past the putrid line play and overall lack of help on his game tapes. Suffice it to say that although there are holes on NIU’s defense (thin secondary, true freshman ROLB), FIU will not be able to exploit them with any regularity. Prediction: 24-7 Noobie is looking for his first win, and against a coachless C-USA team he should get it. Central Michigan (0-2, 0-2) at UTSA (0-2) BYE: non-conference Last Week: CMU took a lead into the fourth quarter against THE GREATEST but came up short (obv.)(L at 28-34), while UTSA? Meep meep. (BYE) Hats off to coach @johnkirk , from up here it looked like a pretty good gameplan against the Wildcats. Matt Rowland seriously dinked and dunked his way down the field (22 of 37 for 170(!) yards, 2 TD, 1 INT) taking what was given to him and taking time off the clock and away from Rahim Murrell. Buoyed by an A’Shawn Ellison pick-six, the Chips looked like they could pull off the upset but just couldn’t run the dang ball at the end - 60 yards on 16 carries for Makai Carr is pretty bad. Carr should have a chance to redeem himself against a UTSA front seven that’s weaker than K-State’s, although ROLB D’Andre Newton is no slouch (12 tackles, 1 INT in 2 games). When Rowland does pass he may have to turn to his WR corps more this game, especially if TE Jasper Rowley is Newton’s responsibility as we expect. True freshman Luca Sorenson showed his good side (15 of 30 for 196 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT) and his bad side (Luca Sorenson, UTSA, 10 of 23 for 106 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT) in the span of two weeks. Granted though, one was against Memphis and one was against Georgia, and no one will mistake the Chips for the Dawgs. But Sorenson is currently running a sub-50% completion rate; compound this with dismal line play (4.1 season O-line rating) and there’s a good possibility Ellison may take another to the house courtesy of pressure from DEs Nazir Tatum-Kimbrough and Rory Bolin. Central may choose a “bend but don’t break” approach to defense and force third-and-longs for the Roadrunner offense. Prediction: 24-13 The Roadrunner offensive line isn’t good enough to get sustained pushes up front, and it will be up to Sorenson’s scattershot arm to score points. But he isn’t accurate enough to take advantage of the height disparity between Ellison and his wideouts. Meanwhile the Chips should be able to nickle and dime their way down the field; a better showing from Carr will give Central their first win of the season. Saturday Morning #11 SMU (2-0) at Ohio (1-1, 1-0): non-conference Last Week: SMU galloped out to a comfortable lead and cruised to a win against the Bearcats (W at Cinn 31-17), while Ohio jumped on the Bulls early and didn’t let them come back (W at Buff 31-23). The Bobcat defense brought Buffalo QB Blair Holcomb back down to earth, picking him off twice and holding him to 235 yards (although he did toss a pair of TDs). However, as good as Holcomb is Andre Webb has been doing it longer and better. Andre Webb also has gifted WRs Sebastian Hatcher and Preseason All-American Dean Burkhart to throw to; between them the duo has caught over 43% of Webb’s 642 passing yards so far this season. That’s quite the daunting task for an Ohio squad whose secondary is the weakest part of their defense. Coach @beeznik may have to sell out to stop the pass and take their chances with talented but underutilized Mustang RB Terrell Holland (33 rushes for 142 yards, 2 TDs in 2 games). Not to say that it’s all doom and gloom for the Bobcats. SMU has allowed 100-yard rushers in both their games this season and Owen. Freaking. WALTON. looks to continue that trend. Heck, he’ll probably have to for Ohio to stay in this game. Stephen Peters will likely have to get his passing yards building off of play-action and taking advantage of an aggressive Mustang linebacker corps, as @Time’s secondary is stout all across the board. We don’t expect to see WR Dwayne Simpson get a lot of deep targets against CB Adam Young; this would be a great week for TE Aaron Thibodeaux (8 receptions for 112 yards, 1 TD) to step up. Prediction: 34-24 SMU has a lot of weapons at their disposal and that talented WR group may be too much for an overmatched Bobcat secondary; Webb has no problems spreading the ball around and there just isn’t enough talent to cover them all. Old Dominion (0-2) at Toledo (1-1, 0-0): non-conference Last Week: Old Dominion is silently waiting until the conference portion of their schedule starts (BYE), while Toledo righted the ship with a good old-fashioned Tiger stomping (W vs. 35-7). The Monarchs looked bad against the Hoos, and less bad against the Rebels of UNLV. This is going to trend more towards the Virginia game, especially when Old Dominion has the ball. Only their starting tackles have skill ratings of 2.5, both guards have a 1.5 skill. The Rockets had two sacks and three INTs last week against a better Memphis offensive line and the Toledo defense looks to feast this week as well; we think we’ll set the sack over/under totals at 3.0. ODU TE Montee Griffin (7 receptions for 140 yards, 2 TDs) is going to see a lot of work as Dylan Hamlin’s safety valve. The Monarch defense has not recorded a takeaway yet this season, and that’s something they definitely need to do if they want a chance at upsetting Toledo. We think there will be a steady diet of Gabe Ciamo (49 rushes for 217 yards, 2 TDs) in this game, as the ODU defensive talent has promising corners Darren Logan and J.J. Fowler. With the Rocket O-line able and likely to overpower the front seven on a regular basis, why take chances throwing? Prediction: 38-10 We just can’t see a quasi-realistic way that the Monarchs steal this game from Toledo. Bold prediction: Ciamo racks up 150+ yards rushing. Ball State (0-2, 0-2) at #19 Virginia (2-0): non-conference Last Week: Ball State prepared for a non-conference foe - finally (BYE), while Virginia looked more like we expected when drubbing Western Kentucky (W at WKU 56-24). The Cardinal’s athletic director did not do them any favors with their OOC schedule: After their date in Charlottesville, Ball State travels to Ole Miss, to Army (who just upset Boston College), and eventually to Texas A&M. (...all road games too?) The Cardinals are trying to involve the passing game more, but with middling results so far - QB Marquis Causey only has 317 passing yards and a 2/1 TD/INT ratio through two games. The rationale is solid; Jayson Zarate-Lima and Chan Pease are one of the best WR duos in the conference. But for whatever reason it just hasn’t clicked yet. At least Austin Laws - probably the most underappreciated RB in the conference - is pacing the Cardinals with his usual strong workload (47 rushes for 217 yards, 2 TDs). Virginia’s stud freshman MLB Soldier Brooks will lead the effort to keep Laws under 100 yards for the first time this season. The Hoos offense looked strangely lethargic against Old Dominion but woke up in a big way against the Hilltoppers; Matteo Rook (47 of 76 for 603 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INTs) hit the 300-yard mark again but had 4 TDs to go with it. Meanwhile RB Reginald Saunders was very economical, plunging in for 3 TDs on only 15 carries. What makes the Cavaliers a tougher task for the Cardinal defense is that TE Jonathan Greer is such a force down the middle; there isn’t a safety or linebacker on their team can cover him one-on-one. Ball State can’t even fully expect their twin tower DTs Rashaad Malcolm and Isamaeli Afamasaga to pick up the slack, every single starter on Virginia’s offensive line has legitimate pro potential led by LT Shawaun Holsey (5.0 of 5.0). Prediction: 35-14 It’s not looking good for the team from Indiana, in a mini-theme for this weekend the MAC team’s secondary doesn’t have enough pieces to keep up with their foe’s passing game. Western Michigan (1-1, 1-0) at Navy (0-2): non-conference Last Week: Bronco coaches were paying close attention to the Navy game (BYE), where the Midshipmen's offense failed to reach 300 total yards on the day (L at 20-31). Last Friday is a day Navy would very much love to forget. Their offense sputtered and left a lot of short fields for Tulsa - 3 of 15 on 3rd down conversions, three sacks allowed, and a 4.3 O-line rating will do that. How will the Middies try and fix their offensive woes? Their QB Isaiah Best has so far thrown more interceptions than touchdowns and not yet broken 200 passing yards. Their running back is averaging around 85 yards a game, and their offensive line is better at pass blocking than running. Preseason All-American CB Sean Taylor has been quiet so far this year, he'll get a couple of chances to make some noise against Navy's top receiver Joshua Willis (7 receptions for 114 yards, 1 TD). Navy's defense played okay, but not great. They got a good amount of pressure on Tulsa QB, even sacking him a couple of times, but got burned by WR Jerry Jackson for 105 yards and a score and surrendered another score through the air and two more on the ground. Defensive linemen Abdoulaye Hannah and Zion Salcedo are playing well, but they're not getting any help from the rest of their teammates so far. The team's focus is going to be on RB DeSean Madison and for good reason, but that could lead to some shots from Chase Sims working the deep game to Josh Whitt and the intermediate routes to TE Carlos Vargas. Prediction: 27-14 We expect Navy's offensive struggles to continue and lead to great field position for the Broncos. If Western can open holes at the line of scrimmage Madison can get some extra yards against the linebackers and wear down the Middie defense. Saturday Afternoon Miami (OH) (2-0, 0-0) at Southern Miss (1-1) BYE: non-conference Last week: Down in Florida, Miami(OH) indeed proved they are Best!Miami (W @ 31-16), while Southern Miss went ahead with plans for Etric Pruitt Appreciation Day (BYE). The Redhawks will have to play “pick your poison” when it comes to defending against the Southern Miss aerial attack; already three different players have over 100 receiving yards on the season. The Golden Eagles love to exploit mismatches in the passing game, and coach @Wooden clearly trusts redshirt freshman Alexander Cassidy enough to let him find them. It does help when you can depend on Harrison Weir for anywhere between 90-100 rushing yards a game. USM’s offensive line isn’t the greatest, so getting to Cassidy early and not letting him scan the field will be crucial if Best!Miami wants to limit the damage. If DE Donte Pennel can own the battle with USM LT Tony Shepherd that would help immensely. USM’s defense is clearly rebuilding after Dexter Flowers graduated. Senior SS Demetrius Kirkpatrick is their leader, but the rest of the defense is either a year or two away (DE Leonard Graves, ILB Micah Griffin) or average at best. The FLAMETHROWER ZACK CERA has been off to a hot start (48 of 80 for 590 yards, 6 TDs, 2 INTs), and we think that will continue this week. Miami's offensive line should win the battle up front and give Cera time to find Kenneth Harrison and Keith Barnes. Prediction: Last team with the ball wins. 49-45 A fun game if you’re a neutral observer. We think that Cera will stay upright more than Cassidy will and that will lead to more USM punts. In what we expect to be a high-scoring game where punting definitely does not equal winning, those missed scoring chances could come back to bite the Golden Eagles in the rear. Bold Prediction: There will be over 35 combined 3rd down attempts in this game. BYE: Bowling Green (1-2), Buffalo (2-1), Kent State (1-2), Eastern Michigan (0-3) On behalf on #MACtion Jenny and special silent guest Calvin Jones, I'm Bruce Baguen for the MAC Network ("If it's not MAC, it's wack!"). Until next time!
  12. 6/12/17 Current applicant waiting list, based on date of application and if applicant has been on recently: Note that this does not take into account any specific job desired, nor is this an end-all be-all of who gets an available job (although it is a strong factor). Conference Commissioners have final say in approving/denying applications. Any applicant who does NOT show a "last visited" within the last 14 days will not appear here. (This means turn off your stealth/anonymous logins) Coaches are listed with their last updated team requests in order of preference. If you have a strikethrough it means this team is unavailable, choose another. Available teams: Connecticut, Syracuse, Florida International, Louisiana Tech, Utah 4/17: Boogyman10 (6/10) - Louisiana Tech, Arizona, Syracuse 4/19: okoonkwoco (6/11) - Arizona, Utah, Syracuse 4/21: Pooter (5/30) - Houston, MTSU, Old Dominion 5/22: owensr37 (6/10) - Utah, Syracuse, Arizona 6/10: mojo12582 (6/12) - Syracuse, Utah, UConn
  13. I can haz Rankings by Tuesday midnight EST? For your convenience, how the fared: MAC Results After Week 3 Rank Team, Result Record (Conf. Record) Streak Next Week 1 Buffalo Bulls LOST vs. Ohio 23-31 2-1 (1-1) L1 BYE 2 Western Michigan Broncos BYE 1-1 (1-0) L1 Saturday Morning at Navy (0-2) 3 (tie) Miami (OH) WON at Miami (FL) 31-16 2-0 (0-0) W2 Saturday Afternoon at Southern Miss (1-1) 3 (tie) Toledo WON vs. Memphis 35-7 1-1 (0-0) W1 Saturday Morning vs. Old Dominion (0-2) 5 Akron BYE 2-0 (2-0) W2 Thursday Night vs. UTEP (0-1) 6 Ohio WON at Buffalo 31-23 1-1 (1-0) W1 Saturday Morning vs. #10 SMU (2-0) 7 Ball State BYE 0-2 (0-2) L2 Saturday Morning at #22 Virginia (2-0) 8 (tie) Bowling Green WON vs. E. Carolina 35-27 1-2 (0-1) W1 BYE 8 (tie) Northern Illinois LOST vs. Colorado State 10-23 0-2 (0-1) L2 Friday Night vs. FIU (0-2) 10 Kent State WON at Middle Tennessee 21-13 1-2 (0-0) W1 BYE 11 Eastern Michigan LOST at #24 UCF 3-52 0-3 (0-0) L3 BYE 12 Central Michigan LOST at Kansas State 28-34 0-2 (0-0) L2 Friday Night at UTSA (0-2)
  14. So... let's not talk about those OOC results. Have some colored chart! MAC Power Rankings After Week 2 Rank (Poll Pts.) Team (First Place Votes) Record (Conf. Record) Streak Change from Last Week 1 (55) Buffalo Bulls (3) 2-0 (1-0) W2 +1 2 (52) Western Michigan Broncos (1) 1-1 (1-0) L1 -1 3 (49-tie) Miami (OH) Redhawks (1) 1-0 (0-0) W1 +2 3 (49-tie) Toledo Rockets 0-1 (0-0) L1 -1 5 (42) Akron Zips 2-0 (2-0) W2 +1 6 (38) Ohio Bobcats 0-1 (0-0) L1 -2 7 (32) Ball State Cardinals 0-2 (0-2) L2 +1 8 (22-tie) Bowling Green Falcons 0-2 (0-1) L2 +1 8 (22-tie) Northern Illinois Huskies 0-1 (0-1) L1 -1 10 (14) Kent State Golden Flashes 0-2 (0-0) L2 - 11 (13) Eastern Michigan Eagles 0-2 (0-0) L2 - 12 (6) Central Michigan Chippewas 0-1 (0-0) L1 - Number of voters: 5 12 points for first, 11 for second, etc. Voter were clearly impressed with how WMU took Duke to double overtime on the road and didn't drop them too much, but the Bulls grab the top spot this week after staying undefeated following a win over a tough Ball State squad. Best!Miami and Toledo tie for third place, and Akron continues to creep up the rankings. Ohio is the biggest faller through no fault of their own; they'll have a chance to head back up the rankings against Buffalo next week. Ball State and Bowling Green looked impressive enough in defeat that they both moved up a spot. The bottom three teams seem to have settled into their spots for the time being. But it's early in the season and there's going to be a lot more fluctuation as the weeks go by. Who claims the top spot next week? Tune in and find out! "If it's not MAC, it's wack!"
  15. Updated after Week 3.
  16. Vote! Which player best deserves your weekly accolades?
  17. Saturday Morning East Carolina (2-0) at Bowling Green (0-2, 0-2 ): non-conference Last Week: East Carolina squeaked by Western Kentucky in overtime (W at 34-31), while Bowling Green fell short against the Zips (L vs. 24-34). ...We don’t see it. Looking at the respective rosters of the Hilltoppers and the Pirates, we don’t see how WKU QB Riley West put up the statline he did (20 of 30 for 285 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT) last week. Did ECU sell out to stop the run and get burned? Bowling Green has better pieces on offense than WKU, but letting it rip is not really the Falcons’ M.O. They would much rather pound it inside behind an excellent interior offensive line (4.0/5.0, 4.0/4.0, 4.0/4.0) and have QB Eddie Connelly tuck it and run when the opportunity presents itself. Is ECU coach @Weeze56m going to play the run accordingly and allow dependable WR Steven Muse to rack up the catches? Will coach @AltShapes try to emulate the WKU gameplan or stick to what they know? Offensively East Carolina seems to mirror Bowling Green; run the option game and pound the rock up the inside. The Pirates have Liam Carver playing well and putting up good numbers, but he probably hasn’t faced a front seven with talents like OLB Brandon Thomas and DE Malachi McKnight. The Bowling Green Sack Factory hasn’t really gotten started and is really missing NFLHC first-rounder Isaiah Hall but with ECU’s O-line strength on the inside, the opportunity for edge pressure is there. The Falcons will really need Carver to feel uncomfortable in the pocket, because their secondary is definitely the weakest part of their defense. Prediction: 27-24 Calling the minor upset we couldn't pull the trigger on for CMU, but ECU is not appreciably better talent-wise than BGSU. Carver's ability to throw his wideouts open is worrying, but we like Bowling Green to get a lot of pressure on the Pirate QB and make him very uncomfortable in the pocket. BYES: Akron (2-0), Ball State (0-2), Western Michigan (1-1) We experienced a few production issues with this preview show, but we persevered through it. On behalf of an exhausted silent guest Mike Gardiner and #MACtion Jenny, I'm Bruce Baguen. Until next time! "If it's not MAC, it's wack!"
  18. Last Week's pick record: 5-0 WHAAAAAAAAAAT? Pick record reaction gif: Pick record to date: 5-0 I'm Bruce Baguen, your host for the MAC Network's highest-rated weekly show! With me this week is special silent guest Mark Gardiner, and always with us is the lovely #MACtion Jenny, here to perform the ceremonial torch lighting. #MACtion Jenny, if you would please? In order to get these previews to you in a timely manner, we're presenting Thursday's previews now. The Friday and Saturday games will follow soon. Thursday Night Memphis (2-0) at Toledo (0-1 overall, 0-0 conference): non-conference Last Week: Memphis beat up on overmatched FIU (W vs. 34-20), while the Rockets were forced to wait and get that bad taste from Michigan State out of their mouths. (BYE) Kyle Davidson threw to all parts of the field in the Spartans' Week 1 victory over Toledo, but that isn't a gameplan Memphis is equipped to duplicate. The Tigers would much rather run the option game with RB Colin Putnam and QB Miguel Cook, throwing when the opportunity presents itself. That might be hard to do against a stiff Rocket front four; Memphis must do a better job on the offensive line, defensive tackles Dwayne Montgomery and De'Shawn Beckwith are looking forward to attacking an O-line that's graded out under 4.5 in both their games. The Toledo offense is better overall than the Tiger defense, but that doesn't mean they can just show up and expect to find success. Their offensive line will be huge in this game, Memphis DE Jaylen Love is off to a blazing start with 3.5 sacks in two games and must be accounted for at all times. If the Rockets can consistently get a blocker to the second level against ILB Troy McClain, RB Gabe Ciamo is in line for a big day. Prediction: 31-17 Memphis is justifiably proud of their 2-0 record, but Toledo is a big step up from UTSA and FIU. It's hard to see Cook put up efficient numbers against White and Haywood, and Hanson should have a good day against those Tiger corners. Ohio (0-1, 0-0) at Buffalo (2-0, 1-0) Last Week: The Bobcats (BYE), while Buffalo rallied from 11 down to avoid the upset against Ball State (at 24-21). The weakness in the Ohio defense is the secondary, but before this season we would have said that didn't matter. But the arrival of Blair Holcomb changed all that. Now that coach SodapopSeth has a QB he can trust the Bulls can air it out with success - see the fourth quarter comeback last week against the Cardinals or the 52-21 pasting of Tulsa in Week 1. How beeznik deploys his Bobcat front seven (and ILB Calvin Blue in particular) against Buffalo will be a huge factor in this game - do you focus on Holcomb (580 passing yards, 67% completion rate, 6/1 TD/INT ratio this season), MAMADOU SMASH (225 rushing yards, 4 TDs), or cover your bases against both? Ohio will have to make hay on the offensive side of the ball, as the Bulls looks weaker on defense. Owen. Freaking. WALTON will get his chunk of yards, but targeting those Bulls cornerbacks (and a free safety playing as a CB) has to look awfully tempting. The Bulls secondary has yet to be truly tested, and having SS Thomas Gordon back there is a great safety blanket. But Ohio WRs Dwayne Simpson and Jeffery Templeton will have to be better than a combined 5 catches for 68 yards and no TDs, regardless of how big a part of the Bobcat gameplan they are. Prediction: 24-21 It feels odd that the matchup of the preseason MAC East favorites comes so early in the season, but here we are. We can't ever count out the defending MAC champions, but Buffalo is very impressive right now. It's easier to see more ways for the game to flow in Buffalo's favor than Ohio's. Friday and Saturday nights to follow....
  19. (Editor's note: Whoopsadoodle! Sorry, the keynote speaker spoke too long) Friday Night Central Michigan (0-1, 0-0) at Kansas State (1-0): non-conference Last Week: CMU's coaches made the team relive being on the wrong side of history (BYE), while Rahim Murrell probably thought he should have been put on defense too. (W vs. FAU 44-41) The Chippewas fell short against Oregon State, but they have a blueprint to beating a tougher Wildcat squad courtesy of FAU. Sean Parham and Gregory Crowder ran for over 180 yards and 3 TDs against K-State, and the Wildcat defense isn't anything that the Chips don't see in the MAC on a weekly basis. Is CMU able to take advantage though? Matt Rowland produced a comparable statline to Crowder (13 of 24 for 150 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT) and he isn't the runner that Crowder is. Feeding Makai Carr successfully, early, and often will keep the Wildcat offense off the field, and big Jasper Rowley could find some room against the Kansas State linebackers. BAH GAWD THAT’S RAHIM’S MUSIC For all the hype and braggadocio surrounding Rahim Murrell, he certainly took care of business last Thursday (20 of 29 for 309 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT) and will have to do so again versus the Chips. Elijah Humphrey isn’t built to pound away inside the tackles and will have to run at DEs Nazir Tatum-Kimbrough and Rory Bolin. KSU WR Devon Tillman versus CMU CB A'Shawn Ellison is the premier match-up, but how well the Chips can prevent Murrell from getting to his second and third reads will be the bigger factor in this game. Prediction: 34-31 We were REALLY tempted to pick Central in an upset; the things that CMU do well line up unfavorably for the Wildcats. But we're not sure that the Chips’ back seven will be able to fully control the K-State wideouts, and the Wildcats should escape with a late and narrow win. Due to time constraints (daughter’s graduation) we now take you to the forecasted conclusions of the following games: Kent State (0-2) at Middle Tennessee (0-1): 27-17 Kent State leading at half vs. Purdue > MTSU demolished by Penn State. Miami (OH) (1-0) at Miami (FL) (0-1): 35-27 Best!Miami (OH), because Cerawinslol. Eastern Michigan (0-2) at #24 UCF (1-0): 38-17 DeNorris Jackson builds on his Heisman campaign.
  20. It was a meme from EDSBS that predated "MACtion is Magic" that just described how lit MAC games were. Just decided to name her #MACtion Jenny and run with it.
  21. Go Best!Miami
  22. Done. Previous seasons also follow the same schedule format. http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=2020_Western_Michigan_Broncos_season
  23. Offensive MAC Player of the Week: QB T.J. Zamora, Akron. 18 of 24 for 230 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 6 rushes for 55 yards. The Zips are sitting pretty atop the MAC East division, and Zamora is a big reason why. Against the strong Bowling Green front seven, he put up perhaps one of his best statlines ever. The biggest question with Zamora was always his consistency, not his talent. If he can continue to put up numbers similar to these (check out that 75% completion rate!), Akron will contend for the MAC East title. Defensive MAC Players of the Week: DE Connor Borden, W. Michigan. 1.5 Sacks, 4 Tackles SS Quinn Benson, Kent State. 11 Tackles Connor Borden did yeoman's work while trying to hold wunderkind Duke QB Bryce Thompson in check. The Ohio native did a fantastic job collapsing the pocket while not allowing rushing lanes, greatly limiting Thompson's mobility (only 5 carries for 16 yards). He even got to the QB a few times while he was at it, giving him his first-ever PotW honors. Kent State's best defensive player looked like it Saurday afternoon, putting in serious work against the Boilermakers. Benson showed that he was more than capable of cleaning up all the way from the back, often meeting Purdue RB Brendan Milton at the second level while doing his best to clear his area of wide receivers and tight ends. Special Teams MAC Player of the Week: K Harry DeMarco, W. Michigan. 3/3 FG (made 29, 27, 40), 3/3 XP. The Broncos fell to the Blue Devils in double overtime, but you can't blame it on DeMarco - he did all he could to prevent that outcome. His perfect accuracy on the day pushed him ahead of the other nominees in this week's special teams race. Congratulations to all the winners!
  24. As a Washington native and a father of a soon-to-be UW grad, that's the only job I could see myself leaving Western Michigan for. Even then I wouldn't do so for at least two more seasons, I wouldn't want to leave a building process only half-done.
  25. So, rankings? Plz to PM rankings to Jieret by Tuesday midnight PST. MAC Results After Week 2 Rank Team, Result Record (Conf. Record) Streak Next Week 1 Western Michigan Broncos LOST at Duke 30-33 1-1 (1-0) L1 BYE 2 (tie) Buffalo Bulls WON at Ball State 24-21 2-0 (1-0) W2 Thursday Evening at Ohio (0-1) 2 (tie) Toledo BYE 0-1 (0-0) L1 Thursday Evening vs. Memphis 4 Ohio BYE 0-1 (0-0) L1 Thursday Evening vs. Buffalo (2-0) 5 Miami (OH) BYE 1-0 (0-0) W1 Friday Night at Miami (FL) (0-1) 6 Akron WON at Bowling Green 34-24 2-0 (2-0) W2 BYE 7 Northern Illinois BYE 0-1 (0-1) L1 Saturday Afternoon vs. Colorado State (1-0) 8 Ball State LOST vs. Buffalo 21-24 0-2 (0-2) L2 BYE 9 Bowling Green LOST vs. Akron 24-34 0-2 (0-2) L2 Saturday Morning vs. E. Carolina (2-0) 10 Kent State LOST at #5 Purdue 20-49 0-2 (0-0) L1 Friday Night at Middle Tennessee (0-1) 11 Eastern Michigan LOST at Virginia Tech 35-24 0-2 (0-0) L2 Friday Night at UCF (1-0) 12 Central Michigan BYE 0-1 (0-0) L1 Friday Night at Kansas State (1-0)