MAC Recruiting Battles: 2021 Class

I don't know about you, but I spend a lot of time looking at recruiting rankings. More time than I should. I still get pulled in by them. It's fun to pull anecdotal observations from them. Who decided to spend time in Florida? Who dipped into the JUCO pool? All recruits will need to be … Continue reading MAC Recruiting Battles: 2021 Class

The MAC Should Zig While Everyone Else Zags

According to the Detroit News and many other outlets, the MAC presidents are discussing playing football this fall. The Big Ten released their schedule and the PAC 12 is discussing returning to the field this fall. I would expect the PAC 12 to try to not be the only power 5 conference not playing this … Continue reading The MAC Should Zig While Everyone Else Zags

Fourth and Short in the MAC Part 3: Coffin Corners and Bad Field Goals

After cataloging 1200 4th down plays. There are a lot of punts and field goals in that set. In total there are 890 of them. It would be a shame to not look at the largest chunk of data that I gathered. In 682 punts last season there has to be valuable information in there. … Continue reading Fourth and Short in the MAC Part 3: Coffin Corners and Bad Field Goals

Fourth and Short in the MAC Part 2: Deep Dive

I certainly didn't mean to take a month between part one and part two of this series, but when George Floyd was killed and it impacted life and society the way it did, it's important to make sure we stay focused on the right things. Especially in the first, and hopefully only, summer of COVID-19 … Continue reading Fourth and Short in the MAC Part 2: Deep Dive

Fourth and Short in the MAC Part 1: Be Aggressive

Before the 2019-2020 college football season started, I watched a video made by Jon Bois of SB Nation about finding the saddest punt in the world. It's an incredible video for more reasons than I can tell you in this post, but the part that stuck to my nerdy brain was when he talked about … Continue reading Fourth and Short in the MAC Part 1: Be Aggressive

Synchronized Skating Nationals: One Great Skate Will Win Collegiate

Providence, Rhode Island hosts the U.S. Synchronized Skating National Championships this weekend. There are many teams across multiple divisions competing for national titles, but this article is focusing on the Collegiate Free Skate. If you are unfamiliar with synchronized skating, I wrote an article last year that tried to scratch the surface of the complexity … Continue reading Synchronized Skating Nationals: One Great Skate Will Win Collegiate

2020 MAC Baseball Returning Production

The MAC Coaches Preseason Poll for baseball was released on February 12. I love analyzing how preseason polls do, especially from coaches. There's no question that they know the game and their team, but every other team? The order the coaches selected is as below: Central Michigan 109 points (3 first-place votes) Kent State 106 … Continue reading 2020 MAC Baseball Returning Production

2019 MAC Football Post Mortem

The college football season is over. The season has come and gone far too quickly for me. It felt like I blinked and it was week six. With only 12 games, conference championships, and bowl games to watch, the end of season review is in order. Now that the whole puzzle of the 2019 season … Continue reading 2019 MAC Football Post Mortem

Akron Basketball is Playing Better than Preseason Projections

Preseason predictions are rough. There seems to be one wild miss in every preseason poll. This year in football Central Michigan went to the MAC Championship game after being picked last in the MAC West. Last season in basketball Bowling Green was picked last in the MAC and finished second in the east. It looks … Continue reading Akron Basketball is Playing Better than Preseason Projections