This week is the third installment of MAC Blogger Roundtable. Each week one MAC blog posses questions to the other blogs and gathers the answers into a digest post. This gives us a chance to get the skinny from many different blogger’s/team’s perspective and better understand the issues facing other teams on a weekly basis. This week’s questions are from the MAC blog, Hustle Belt.
Below the fold you’ll find the questions that were posed to us and our answers, so read on…
1. With Bowling Green’s strong showing last week against defending MAC East Champs Kent State, they recently were bumped up to the top of our power rankings over NIU. Would you put BGSU (or any other team) ahead of the Huskies right now? Why or why not?
Until someone in the MAC defeats the Huskies, they will have to remain at the top of the power rankings for us. Regardless of conference, you are still the champs until teams prove otherwise. BGSU is definitely better than they have been in recent years, but we aren’t ready to put them at the top of the MAC because they beat a Kent State team that lost it’s coach after one good season.
2. There appears to be a huge chasm between the top of the MAC (NIU, BG, BSU, Ohio, UT) and the bottom (CMU, WMU, EMU, MU, UMass, Akron) with Kent State and Buffalo leaning more towards the top. Do you think this is good or bad for the MAC? Do you see things possibly evening out at all?
From a fan perspective, you want to see the best football matchups that you can see, week-in and week-out. In order for that to happen, you need evenly matched teams. The disparity between the two pools of teams you mentioned above undermines those matchups and leads to routs and blowout wins. It’s always fun to see your team drop the hammer but for the good of the conference, we need solid teams in even matchups as many weeks as possible. Looking ahead to future seasons, we don’t see things evening out — someone will always have the upperhand with better talent, coaching, recruiting and some luck. Of course, teams could move back and forth between the pools as time passes but we don’t see the disparity between the best and worst teams in the MAC lessening in the near future.
3. Even with all of the talk of the “New Association” for the AQ teams, this is still the last year of the BCS. Which team is most poised to crash the BCS, and is this the year the MAC wins a BCS bowl game?
NIU was fortunate to play in a BCS game, but we will not get ahead of ourselves and claim a MAC team will win a BCS bowl game. More importantly, we predict no MAC team will make it to a BCS game in the near future.