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MAC Bandwagon Podcast, ep. 52: A whole year of MACtion!

The boys commemorate the one-year anniversary of the pod with some NIL discussion, a gambling look at the upcoming football season, and Part 3 of “Why Are You A Fan?” segment for Northern Illinois with NIU writer Dave Drury!

Illustration: James H. Jimenez; photos courtesy of Wikipedia Commons, James H. Jimenez, Kenneth Bailey

Happy Friday folks! It’s hard to believe this, but it’s now been an entire year since the first episode of the Bandwagon. What a ride it’s been! Thank you all for the continued support.

On this weeks’ news segment, Zach and Sam break down the recent transfer of WR Quian Williams from Eastern Michigan to Buffalo. We’ve seen a few of these intra-conference transfers since the MAC changed the rule a few months back. Williams was the third-leading receiver for the Eagles last season, and with all of the roster turnover in Buffalo, there are certainly reps to be had.

The big story this week is the continuation of the NIL discussion that we broke down last week. Yesterday, the NCAA enacted it’s new “name, image, and likeness” legislation, that will allow athletes to profit off of their own brands. This is a huge step in college athletics. The boys talk about what they think the effects will be.

In this weeks’ football look-ahead, the boys break down the MAC championship odds. Buffalo currently sits as the favorite at +200, which baffles Zach and Sam both. They each discuss which teams might provide some good value bets. Continuing this trend, the boys take a look at the recently released week one lines. The MAC has some great contests in the season’s opening week, and plenty of opportunities to potentially grab an upset win against a Power 5 program.

To close out the show this week, Zach talks with fellow Belter and NIU alum Dave Drury. They discuss the state of the NIU fanbase, life in DeKalb, the tailgating atmosphere at Huskie Stadium, the best beers that Dave has tried recently, and more!

As always, thanks for stopping by this week folks! Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here next Friday.