Happy championship week, everybody. We've finally made it through the regular season and November reminded each and every one of us the one and only lesson about college football that we all need to be reminded of every once in a while: you know nothing.
|1||Bowling Green||17 (12)||3||4||2||3||2||2||2||2||2||2||1||1||3|
|2||Northern Illinois||42 (1)||2||1||3||2||3||6||5||4||4||4||3||2||1|
Bowling Green Falcons being our first place team makes sense. Explosive offense, their defense is... well they score enough points and their only loss in MAC play came against Toledo at home. Sure it was an ugly loss for them, but comparatively, their season ended in much less of a cluster-you-know-what than everybody else around them. Had they played in the West, who know how everything would've gone down, but they open up as 9-point favorites to win the MAC Championship game.
Their foe? Oh, the Northern Illinois Huskies. Duh. What kind of question is that? Well they didn't end their regular season on the highest of notes. NIU was our No. 1 team last week, but a loss to Ohio at home of all places in November of all months created a ton of parity with the other teams in the West. Fans had to swallow their pride on Friday during the Western Michigan vs. Toledo matchup by tweeting out "#RTB" just so they could end up back in Detroit for the sixth year in a row.
Sixth year in a row, row, row, row...
Look at how close NIU and WMU came to a second-place tie. Sure the Huskies beat the Broncos not even two full weeks ago, but I had no idea who their now-starting quarterback was when the two teams met in DeKalb.
*looks up recap of NIU's loss to Ohio*
Okay, the kid's name is Tommy Feidler, not Fielder. I'll make a mental note of that now. I wouldn't have remembered him being on the roster before the season started, let alone last week. But the Broncos are still healthy and Corey Davis is still absolutely fantastic. You know who the only two MAC teams that WMU lost to this season are? I'll give you a hint: one of 'em will be crowned conference champs on late Friday night.
The Rockets will be headed to a bowl game this year for their chance to have their first 10-win season since 2001. Good news for them, their bowl game won't be in Toledo. Probably for the best.
Shouts out to Ohio for not having a bad November. The No. 5 rankings are well-deserved, especially for beating NIU off the shoulders of your third-string quarterback. If Frank Solich doesn't win the primary elections, this country is going straight to shit.
Don't you dare act like you'd rather have Trump run this country over Solich.
We are a blog that takes pride in never letting jokes get in the way of being informative.
I don't want to bore you talking about other teams. You probably don't want to know that Central Michigan was down by two scores at halftime to Eastern Michigan before they escaped a nail biter to end up at No. 6. What you want to know is about Akron.
Most of our attention on Friday was focused on the WMU/Toledo game, but Akron's third quarter in the Wagon Wheel rivalry is why they're going to a bowl game this year. Forget the fact that they're a 7-5 season, because they should be up at No. 7 after the third quarter they had about Kent State.
I know what you're thinking, "Alex, games aren't won in the third quarter and I have no idea what you're talking about. What was so noteworthy that happened in the third quarter anyways?"
Well, the Zips took the ball to open the second half. A 69-yard (nice) drive that lasts 12 minutes and some change doesn't happen all too often, but it did. The Zips actually ended the drive in a field goal, which was a pretty #MACtion-y finish so let's go with it. Then they kick it off to the Flashes:
The Flashes couldn't get a snap on offense in the third quarter. What a time to be alive.
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