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Shuffle Belt: 2019 Week 3 “Looking Forward”

The first #MACtion game of the season is played this Saturday. So how do our readers and staff feel about the upcoming conference season?

Illustration: James H. Jimenez

Welocme back to the Internet’s only community playlist that puts the Mid-American Conference in aural form!

Last week, we gathered up submissions from the community and staffers to describe how they felt after the week that was in the first weekend slate of games. It resulted in a pretty long (and interesting) playlist.

This week, we once again went to the community and asked them to train their eyes towards the future. Here’s what we got as a result:

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First, we’ll highlight some of your picks for songs to be played:

Makes sense for Toledo, as they look to beat up on an FCS team coming off an idle week and are a media favorite to win the MAC West.

#MACtion is nearly here, folks! But we never stopped celebrating in the first place. (If this Twitter user seems familiar to you, it’s probably because they have some sweet gambling tips in our FanPosts section.)

Now, for some staff picks:

  • Staff writer Keith Gregorski: “Number Two Pencil” by The Radiators (“Akron, with its Takeaway Pencil, is ready for a sharp future.) and “I Can See CLearly Now” by Johnny Nash (“Ohio has a bright conference future ahead despite the tough loss to Pitt.”)
  • Staff writer Dave Drury: “Beware the Dog” by The Griswolds (“With Ross Bowers giving NIU a legitimate offensive passing game, the MAC better be ready for another good run from the Huskies.”)
  • Staff writer James H. Jimenez: “begin again” by Purity Ring (“For CMU, who is currently pressing the reboot button on their reboot after several high-profile injuries.), “Lost+” by Coldplay ft. Jay-Z (For BGSU, who is sort of wandering the football desert after a bashing at the hands of K-State, but has a lot of decent pieces.”), “2000 Light Years Away” by Green Day (for Kent State, who seem to be a long way from where they need the program to be, with no solution in sight.”), “Better With Time” by 11:11 (“for Miami, who has looked really good early, and should gel together with time.”), “Quiet Storm” by DJ Snake ft. Zomboy (“for WMU, who could be setting themselves up to be a dark horse in the MAC West.”), “Hunting Season” by Fever 333 (“for Buffalo, who has performed better than their expectations and could make a great run at the MAC East.”), “The Upside” by Lindsey Sterling ft. Elle King (“for EMU, who has shown great potential through two tough road games and could be a tricky team in MAC play”) and “When I Get It” by O.T. Genesis ft. Young Thug (“For Ball State, who have their eyes set for an upset run through the MAC West after two great weeks of play.)