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MAC Blogger Roundtable: Week 3

A few years ago, it became apparent that there were some quality sites out there representing the MAC in terms of their blogging chops, so what better way to bring everyone together than through a roundtable of sorts. A virtual one, for sure, as I’m not quite positive I’d want some of these folks in my home, but a roundtable all the same. Some members have come and gone, the leadership and organizational responsibilities have shifted, but it’s back this year in all its glorious wonder. Not surprisingly, we here at OTP haven’t been an extremely active participant so far, but that changes now. Since we’re opening MAC play this weekend against Buffalo, I reckon it’s time to play nice with the other kiddies on the block. This week’s questions are from Mike from The Chip Report. Ask away, Mike…

1) This week featured some out of conference games in which MAC schools had some strong showings but were unable to finish. Do these close calls do it for you or do these teams need to complete the upset to earn conference respect?

Personally, I’d like to see the MAC knock off a few of these teams, but the fact remains that close calls and upsets do precisely the same thing… they make the power conference boys not want to play MAC schools. If the MAC begins to knock off teams consistently, you can bet your bippy that there won’t be a strong desire to play the good teams. Why do you think Buffalo and CMU are so popular? ZING! Anywho, that hasn’t happened recently for a consistent period of time for any program so it’s not really something to worry about.

2) What Senior is really standing out as a pro prospect?

I’ll go with Sean Baker, only because I have a man crush on #25, considering he eats lightning and shits thunder. Whether or not SoulEater will be a Pro Bowler or not I can’t tell you, but I can tell you that considering he’s one of the most instinctive and hard hitting defensive backs I’ve seen play in the MAC in a while, he’s a good pick up for a team that has an abundance of souls lying around that they haven’t been able to get rid of or if there’s pesky receivers on opposing teams that need a swift dose of asswhooping. In all honesty, I just want an NFL #25 with SOULEATER on the back. Is that too much to ask?!?

3) With CMU traveling to Kalamazoo to take on the Broncos this weekend I thought it fitting to ask, which MAC rivalry is most heated and why?

I think the most heated rivalry in the MAC is the one between the committed Ball State football fans and the bathrooms at Scheumann Stadium. You may think you have us beat, 6 urinals, but the joke is on you. We’ll just wait and wait and wait and wait and wait through a quarter and a half of football to drain the proverbial main vein. WE WIN AGAIN!!! And people pee on you, so really, you’re no better than Jeff Quinn. (Editor’s Note: I have no idea if people actually pee on Jeff Quinn. But if they do I’m sure he wouldn’t like it) (Editor’s Note 2: I have no idea if Jeff Quinn would actually dislike being micturated upon)

4) Which bottom feeder from last season has looked most improved?

See, this is probably a trap to get me to laud Ball State for beating IU and/or not getting completely violated against USF. But I won’t fall for your tricky catch-22, Chippewa blog because then I would be labeling Ball State a “bottom feeder” last season. The only answer possible has to be Eastern Michigan. They’re 2-0, and that already matches the number of wins they recorded last season. Sure, the victories came against Howard and Alabama State, but perhaps the muckety mucks at EMU have figured out that beating the piss out of people worse than you makes your fans forget what an absolutely pointless existence you lead in FBS. And that, boys and girls is a very valuable lesson to learn.

5) List your MAC power rankings

Right now, I’m going strictly off of record. Undefeateds at the top, winless at the bottom. Comparing opponents is a dangerous game, even when you know the opponents are stronger. For example, is BSU at 1-1 stronger and more powerful than EMU at 2-0? Yes. But… until we get some common opponents or at the very least everyone plays someone else a notch better than a culinary institute, we have to be consistent.

1.) Bowling Green
1.) Ohio
1.) Eastern Michigan
1.) Temple
5.) Buffalo
5.) Ball State
5.) Central Michigan
5.) Northern Illinois
5.) Toledo
5.) Western Michigan
11.) Miami
12.) Kent
12.) Akron


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