Sorry for all the Catholics out there in the area, but the Mid-American Conference brought the meat on Friday. This will be the 75th year of MAC football, and the league put out a video to release the dates for this upcoming season.
The first night of weeknight MACtion (Tues., 11/2) will include: Ball State at Akron, EMU at Toledo, and, probably the juiciest of the three, the Battle for the Bricks. Frank Solich lost his first time coaching Ohio in this series to Miami in 2005 and only three more losses since then: 2012, 2018, and 2019. The coronavirus ruined last year’s opportunity for these rivals to meet in Oxford.
Ball State and Buffalo will have a 2020 MAC Championship rematch to end the regular season this year. Tuesday, Nov. 23. Get your asses vaccinated because I need to see Scheumann Stadium go crazy for this.
EMU people are hyping up the team’s chance of being 3–1 before conference play. Texas State, for me, is a team that EMU very well could beat, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Bobcats come to play on the road harder than the fans expect. Has Texas State ever proven to be a good football team as of recent? Absolutely not. But this is a team that regularly sees better competition (Sun Belt) and chose to bulk up its roster by not signing a single high school kid this year, and instead brought in 11 players via the transfer portal. Those 11 are joining a team that’s ranked 35th nationally in its returning production (78% overall, 82% offense, 74% defense) while EMU is ranked 61st (71% overall, 78% offense, 64% defense). There’s no guarantee that Texas State will come to Ypsilanti as cupcakes.
Last year when the coronavirus didn’t yet impact our lives so drastically, the WMU-CMU game was announced to play at Ford Field instead of at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. Those plans were ditched and the series will return to Waldo Stadium. CMU’s the side that wanted the series played at Ford Field more than WMU, so I assume this is something to really look out for in 2022 instead. This year, the game will get midweek attention (Wed., 11/3) with only NIU at Kent State on the other channel.