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MAC Bandwagon Podcast, ep. 63: Getting into the thick of things

As non-conference play winds down, the boys look back at Week 3 and analyze a week four slate that includes our first MAC game of the season

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

Happy Friday folks! One quarter of the football season is officially in the books, and there has been a lot to analyze in this first segment of the campaign. We have our first conference game of the season this Saturday (Toledo visits Ball State), and quite a few intriguing non-conference matchups. Many MAC squads still have questions to answer as conference play approaches, and a few opportunities remain this week for signature victories over Power Five opponents.

To kick off the show this week, the boys look back at Week 3. Western Michigan was obviously the highlight, knocking off Pitt 44-41 at Heinz Field. Kaleb Eleby and the entire offense were fantastic, racking up over 500 total yards in the contest. The Broncos have firmly established themselves as one of the teams to beat in the conference.

On the other side of the spectrum, we have Ball State and Toledo. Yikes. Both squads turned in incredibly disappointing performances in Week 3, with Toledo falling at home to a struggling Colorado State team and Ball State getting blown out at Wyoming. Both teams have a LOT to figure out. Coincidentally, Toledo and Ball State will face each other this Saturday in Muncie. Which team can right the ship and win this game? It feels like things could go south quickly for whichever squad comes out on the losing end of this one.

Elsewhere in our Week 4 preview, Zach and Steve take a look at some intriguing non-conference matchups. The highlight of the slate is Kent State traveling to College Park to take on Maryland, where Taulia Tagovailoa and the Terrapins have quietly put together a 3-0 start. Kent State has acquitted itself well in road losses to two top ten teams (Iowa and Texas A&M), and this game feels like the Golden Flashes best opportunity to pull a Power Five upset.

Elsewhere in the non-conference slate this week, Ohio looks to get right against Northwestern, while Western Michigan welcomes a very solid San Jose State squad to Kalamazoo. What games are you most looking forward to this weekend? Let us know!

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