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

Group of Five Doomsday: Breaking Free From the Power Five

With all this possible playoff expansion talk, it got me thinking; what would be the worst-case scenario for the Group of Five? Well, it would be where an expanded playoff doesn't include an auto-bid for at least one G5 team. ¬†What does that mean for the G5, you might ask? It's time to go our … Continue reading Group of Five Doomsday: Breaking Free From the Power Five

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

Recruiting Battles in the MAC: Early Signing Day Results

December 18th was early signing day for college football, and a ton of teenagers learned how to use a fax machine. More than two hundred players sent letters of intent to a MAC school to play football there in the fall. With 25 scholarships and some ways to get more than that each year, like … Continue reading Recruiting Battles in the MAC: Early Signing Day Results

2019 MAC Bowl Previews: Post Christmas Edition

The MAC got off to a good start, Kent State and Buffalo each got their first bowl wins in program history. Central Michigan did not have a great game. I didn't think San Diego State could score 48 points. Buffalo's game plan was entirely predictable. Jaret Patterson got 32 carries and ran for 173 yards … Continue reading 2019 MAC Bowl Previews: Post Christmas Edition

Re-Ranking the Group of Five Upsets from the 2019 Season

Now that we are finishing out the regular season, it seemed worthwhile to take a look back at all of the instances of Group of Five teams defeating Power Five teams, and re-assessing how surprising the upsets would be now based on how each team's season has played out since.   SURPRISE LEVEL: VERY LOW … Continue reading Re-Ranking the Group of Five Upsets from the 2019 Season