MAC Football

MAC Football 2017 Preview: Getting Back to MACtion

Last year, the MAC was dominated by one boat-rowing football program. For all the chaos that ensued in the 2016 regular season, Western Michigan -- the nation's only undefeated once the postseason began -- was the constant. With P.J. Fleck at the helm, nobody in the MAC could touch the Broncos. Fleck finally had the…

5 For Friday: The Best Conference Championship Games

Conference Championship Week -- excuse me, "Champ Week," as ESPN has rebranded it -- is afoot and leading us directly into Selection Sunday. For college basketball junkies, it doesn't get much better than the week-and-change of tournaments played across the country. Conference tournaments have given us such memorable moments as the 2009, six-overtime classic between…

“Missed” Indiana Field Goal Underscores Imperfection of Review

College football's decision-makers should do with the missed Indiana field goal attempt what officials in Saturday's Pinstripe Bowl couldn't: give it a long, thorough review. The attempt, which would have sent the Hoosiers and Duke to a second overtime, was met with controversy on the field. Clips of the kick show different outcomes. Indiana's game-tying…

Bowl Preview Bonanza, Part II

Opening weekend for the 2015 bowl season did not disappoint. Kenneth Dixon became college football's new touchdown king in New Orleans. One Mountain West team, San Jose State, rallied in Orlando, while another, New Mexico, fell just short in Albuquerque. Appalachian State's torrid comeback in Montgomery sealed the Mountaineers' first bowl win in program history,…

Assessing The Group of Five New Year’s Six Bid

Navy's loss at Houston Friday complicates the Group of Five conference's New Year's Six bowl bid, but the solution for any scenario is quite simply. Send the American Athletic Conference champion no matter what. Dissect it any way you so choose. With Toledo losing at home Friday to Western Michigan, the third installment of the…

Group of Five Top 10: The Most American Football Ever

Welcome to the Group of Five Top 10, where it's more American than 1980s Hulk Hogan draped in the Stars and Stripes riding a bald eagle on the Fourth of July. Teams from the American Athletic Conference occupy four of the top five spots in the Top 10 through Week 8, including each of the…

Group of Five Top 10: Memphis Sets The Pace

Utah State's blowout of Boise State threw much of the Group of Five picture into flux, but not for at the top. The American Athletic Conference has consistently looked like the cream of the Group of Five crop, and Week 7 only furthered that perception. Memphis' 37-24 defeat of Ole Miss scored the entire Group…