How Close Has Western Michigan Been to the MAC Championship Game?

The Broncos have been painfully close to getting another appearance in the MAC Championship game almost every year since Tim Lester took over. The only time that’s a bad thing is when the previous coach out recruited the conference by a mile, left the roster stacked, and went undefeated before a New Year's Six bowl … Continue reading How Close Has Western Michigan Been to the MAC Championship Game?

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

What’s The Point?

I'm frustrated. I'm angry. I'm upset. I'm *insert other synonyms here*. I'm at the point where I wish I didn't care about college football as much as I do.  The FBS level of college football has 130 teams, yet it actively ices out half of those teams from even having a chance to sniff a … Continue reading What’s The Point?

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

Most Interesting Modern Group of Five Conference Champions: 2005 MAC Champion Akron

During the off-season, Forgotten Five has decided to do some research. We launched a multi-part series looking at some of the Group of Five's most unique conference champions. Teams such as Boise's great teams, the 2004 and 2008 Utah teams, and Hawaii's 2007 team receive so much attention as the Group of Five's greatest teams … Continue reading Most Interesting Modern Group of Five Conference Champions: 2005 MAC Champion Akron

An Even More Radical Reimagining of the NCAA Landscape

On June 29th, Pat Forde published an article for Sports Illustrated titled "America, Realigned: A Radical Reimagining of the NCAA Landscape". The idea was there as far as a reimagining, but his execution was poor. He brought up North Dakota State, but then cut 11 FBS programs; UTEP, Texas State, UTSA, South Alabama, Louisiana-Monroe, Bowling … Continue reading An Even More Radical Reimagining of the NCAA Landscape

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