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MAC Bandwagon Podcast, ep. 63: Two weeks, countless lessons

The boys look back at the MAC results from this weekend and preview Week 3. What have we learned through the first two weeks?

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

Welcome back folks! It’s been a great start to the season, with some great performances from MAC teams. We had a few marquee matchups in Week 2, which Zach and Steve break down to open up this week’s pod.

First off, Toledo fans. We feel for you. The Rockets were so close to pulling the upset over Notre Dame in South Bend, but ultimately fell to the Irish 32-29. After Dequann Finn’s 26-yard touchdown run gave the Rockets the lead with 1:35 to go, the Irish promptly marched down the field and scored the game winning score only 26 seconds later. Regardless of the end result, it was still an incredibly encouraging performance by Toledo.

Ball State didn’t fare quite as well in a hostile environment at Penn State, ultimately falling 44-13. The Cardinals still have all of their goals in front of them, but you can’t deny that they’ve struggled through the first two weeks.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the Ohio Bobcats. Yikes. After a disappointing 29-9 loss to Syracuse in week one, Tim Albin’s team fell to FCS foe Duquesne, 28-26. Things are not looking great for Ohio at the moment, and they have a lot to figure out as conference play approaches.

In the second half of the show, the boys break down all of the best MAC matchups for Week 3. As non-conference play winds down, there are plenty of intriguing games this weekend. Can Ball State bounce back and get a road win at Wyoming? Can Buffalo keep up with sixteenth ranked Coastal Carolina? Western Michigan gets their second chance to pull a power five upset as they visit Pitt - can the Broncos live up to the task? The boys give their thoughts on all of this, and more!

As always, thanks for stopping by this week folks. We hope you’ve all enjoyed the first two weeks of the season as much as we have. Have a great weekend, enjoy all the football, and we’ll see you back here next week!