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The Oversaturation Killing the NFL is Good for College Football

All this time, the NFL has seemed so bullet-proof, but we’re seeing vulnerability in the armor. People aren’t watching as much, and they don’t like the way the product is being dispersed.

What plagues the professional game actually seems to aid college football. While we understand Saturday remains the best day to see the best games, we don’t feel like the occasional Thursday or Friday games are scheduled to do us dirty.

You want to play one of these games on the moon at 4 o’clock on a Tuesday, College Football fans will adjust. Just tell them when/where the tailgate is, and they’re cool.

Tell an NFL fan that Sunday Ticket is only offering a game that his antenna won’t in the late spot on Sunday, and they’re livid with London and Thursday Night Football. The presentation of the NFL game is too clean for fans to adapt to these random game-time windows.

College Football fans see Thursday, and now also Tuesday and Wednesday, as an opportunity to showcase a game that might be buried on ESPNU or some dreaded streaming option at noon on Saturday.

Western Michigan is the “Other” Team

Last Tuesday, the nation’s “other” unbeaten team had the undivided attention of the College Football diehards in Muncie. Maybe a 32-point win over Ball State isn’t that sexy on paper, but did you see what Corey Davis did?

Do you feel anything was flukey about Western Michigan’s 9-0 start? Maybe you understand the pecking order, and where the Mid-American Conference gets pecked. Maybe there’s an obligation to qualify the two road wins over the Big Ten by reminding everyone that Illinois was one of those wins. Maybe you wonder if the MAC juggernaut deserves to be on the field with a mid-major darling like Boise State.

Friday night, by the way, a nationwide audience was given a chance to watch the other Broncos bounce back from their first loss of the season, which happened on October 29.

Remember the 80s?

Just for kicks, you could have watched games involving Oklahoma and Colorado last Thursday. Maybe something like that would have excited you more 25-30 years ago, but those games affect the outcome of the Big 12 and Pac-12, because the present is weird.

You love it, and it takes nothing away from Saturday afternoon or evening.

Election Threads and Football on the Diamond

This coming Tuesday, Eastern Michigan will continue a semi-annual MAC tradition of paying homage to democracy with Election Day uniforms, back in Muncie–for #MACtion. Speaking of everyone’s favorite non-defense-playing conference, you’ll be sure to see Cubs fans from DeKalb to Northern Ohio trolling Guaranteed Rate Field on Chicago’s south side this Wednesday.

It’s football at a baseball stadium. Yeah, Northwestern and Illinois got Wrigley on a Saturday, and GameDay went to Wrigleyville. This next chapter in the great Toledo-Northern Illinois saga might get Roy Philbott, Rocky Boiman, and an ESPN2 production crew to urban Illinois on a school night.

Does Anyone Get Pac-12 Network?

Thursday, we get Utah in the Valley of the Sun, for the FS1 weekend preview. It’s up to the Utes to prove that anyone other than Washington is worth a damn in that conference. This game isn’t being stolen from ABC at 3:30, but more likely from a channel you don’t get, even if you live in Phoenix or Salt Lake City.

NBC is Glad It’s You, Not Them

CBS gave you three games on Saturday, just as they would when they have London and the 1 PM/4 PM doubleheader on Sunday. They got Notre Dame because they have Navy rights. Notre Dame lost again; great moment for Navy. Is College Football worse off for the Irish’s 3-6 campaign?

I doubt CBS or Navy care. They’re going to care about records a lot more in December when they’re selling some lousy SEC East team’s upset potential against Alabama in Atlanta.

Hurts Donut?

Speaking of the Tide, Jalen Hurts may have provided the only offensive spark for Alabama in a 10-0 win in Death Valley at night. There’s a joke to be told including Alabama’s quarterback’s last name and a breakfast food that looks like a zero, but I’m striking out.

The networks are hitting it out of the park though and in doing so, they’ve won us over with quantity over quality. More may mean too much on Sunday, but we love it on Saturday, Thursday, and sometimes Tuesday.

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MAC: Weekly Roundup

With a full week of conference games behind us, things are just starting to get exciting in the MAC as teams start to form an identity and marquee match-ups begin to reveal themselves and build importance. Obviously every game matters but conference play is where we separate the men from the boys.
After 22 conference games (several schools played previous conference games) and one full Saturday slate, only 4 schools remain undefeated: Toledo (3-0), Bowling Green (2-0), Northern Illinois (1-0) and Akron (1-0). Akron beat lowly Eastern Michigan and will soon drop back to mediocrity where they belong while Toledo on the other hand has a strong start and an early advantage going in the MAC West. Playing in classic rainy, unusually cold, Midwest weather, the Rockets edged Western Michigan 20-19 while earning themselves sole possession of 1st place in the West, at least for the time being.
Perhaps Toledo’s biggest threat in the battle for MAC West and MAC Conference supremacy comes from the confident shoulders of the 4-time defending West Champion, Northern Illinois. After running the table in the regular season last year, the Huskies choked by losing the MAC Championship game. Needless to say, they’d like another shot at it. One of my preseason favorites, N. Illinois extended the nations longest current home winning streak to 28 consecutive wins, defeating Kent St. 17-14 in N Illinois’ MAC opener. The Huskies haven’t lose a home game since way back on September 27th of 2009! N. Illinois has also dominated the MAC winning 24 straight regular season conference games stretching back to October 1st, 2011 when they lost 48-41 at Central Michigan in their MAC opener that year. Winning their next 7 conference games to finish 2011, they proceeded to run the table in 2012 and 2013 and have now started 1-0 in 2014. Throughout all of this they’ve won 4 consecutive MAC West Division titles, back to back MAC Conference Championships in 2011 and 2012, and have earned the right to play in a MAC record 6 consecutive Bowl games. Their 50 wins 2010 ranks 2nd among all FBS schools to only Oregon. Coincidentally, the Huskies host the Chippewas who handed them their last MAC defeat in a marquee match-up Saturday. Taking a look ahead at a game that may decide the MAC West and promises to entertain, Toledo comes to N. Illinois in a month(November 11th) for a MAC showdown. It will be interesting indeed to see where both teams stand 4 weeks from now.
MAC get some maction logo Elsewhere in MAC land, Miami of Ohio snapped an embarrassing streak of losing 21 straight games dating back to October 27th, 2012. That’s a longggg time for Redhawks fans to go without celebrating but at long last they got a win! Defeating U-Mass 42-41 in an incredibly thrilling comeback overcoming an impossible 27 point halftime deficit in an instant classic. Miami(OH) moves on to Akron saturday to attempt another first in ages; a win streak!
Checking back on previous spotlight player WMU’s Jarvion Franklin added another TD and 64 more rushing yards vs. Toledo to his impressive rookie debut, but was unable to top 100 yards for consecutive games after topping 100 in his 1st 3 games. Despite falling back down to earth some, Franklin is still in the upper echelon of most FBS RB categories including: 1st in Rushing TD’s (12)
1st in Scoring (72 pts., 14.4 points per game)
7th in Rush Yards Per Game (136.4 ypg)
9th in Total Rush Yards (682)
Franklin and the Broncos have another tough match-up Saturday as they’ll head to Ball St. On a side note, WMU received their 4th MAC West Player of the Week award in 5 weeks as punter J. Schroeder received the honor for Special Teams week 5.
Adding to the national exposure of the MAC, Miami(OH) WR David Frazier became the 5th MAC receiver to be added to the coveted “Biletnikoff” Award watch list. Joining Frazier through the 2nd “Biletnikoff” update are last years MAC West Player of the Year WMU’s Corey Davis, N. Illinois’ Da’Ron Brown, CMU’s Titus Davis, Ball St’s Jordan Williams, and Bowling Green’s Roger Lewis. The award, given to the best college WR in the nation, is organised and comprised by the Tallahassee QB Club Foundation. A group of 221 prominent, distinguished college football journalists, commentators, and former players form the “Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee and vote on a winner. You can vote for your favorite player, see the rest of the list, and find out more at www.biletnikoffaward.com. Tune into ESPN December 11th at 7 p.m. to watch the College Football Award Show and find out who wins!
That’s all I’ve got for this week folks but be sure to catch all the MAC football action this Saturday and check back next week for all that is MAC from out here in MAC land!