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2012 MAC Blogger Roundtable, week 2

September 6, 2012

It’s time for this week’s MAC Blogger Roundtable. Each week one of the bloggers covering the MAC (links are on the right sidebar) poses several questions, to be answered by the others. This week’s host — no stranger to Eagle Totem readers — is Alan, from the Ball State blog, Over the Pylon.

1.) Week one is in the books for the MAC. A fairly major upset, several close calls, and several bloodbaths. What was your biggest surprise and your biggest disappointment across the conference landscape?

My biggest disappointment, of course, was the embarrassment that was EMU’s performance. Looking to other schools, however, Toledo and Northern Illinois narrowly missed upsetting Arizona (Rich Rod!) and Iowa, respectively. Winning either of those games, much less both, would have given a huge boost to the national reputations of those schools, not to mention the MAC as a whole. Plus, oh yeah, Ohio beat Penn State. Not the school that sometimes calls itself “Ohio” even though that’s not really who they are and they lost in court, the actual school called Ohio. Sure, they were favored, but still, a MAC team over a B1G team, especially a big-name team like Penn State, is something that comes along once in a blue moon.

2.) For your own team, how has your week one performance changed your opinion and/or perspective about what to expect from your squad as the year rolls on?

You watched the same game I did; do we really need to rehash it? That one game might have taken the Eagles out of contention in the MAC West.

I do still have high hopes for this EMU team, particularly after they get a home game against Illinois State to try to iron out some of the wrinkles. There’s enough talent and experience there, particularly on offense but defense to, that they should be in the game against any remaining opponents except probably Michigan State.

Finally, the offensive play-calling still sucks. Seriously, the EMU offensive play-book — at least the parts of it that fans see on the field — should be retitled “How to play to your weaknesses and ignore your strengths” with a subtitle of “Really? How can this many veterans possibly be this bad?”

3.) Outside of the MAC, what was your favorite moment from opening weekend and why?

Living in southeast Michigan, surrounded by Wolverine fans, after listening to them brag all summer about how they’re “back”, the beating Alabama put on Michigan was pretty delicious. In fact, that’s the only game I watched that I’d care to talk about, all the rest were pretty disappointing.

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  1. Kenneth Barna permalink
    September 6, 2012 8:58 am

    Dear cmadler,
    While I would most of the time want a MAC school to beat a larger foe, I think we are giving too much credit to Toledo and Northern Illinois, in last week’s contests. By that I mean (in my opinion) Iowa and Arizona are weak teams themselves. So, if I am correct, Toledo and Northern Illinois should have won. Time will tell, but I want to follow those two, (Arizona and Iowa) the rest of the season to see if they end up with losing records.
    Conversely, let’s also see how Toledo and Northern Illinois do the rest of the season. They were both picked to be contenders, but did the rest of the MAC West, especially improve enough to challenge either? I think this could be a real shoot-out for the West.
    Oh, yes, what happened to Michigan, couldn’t have happened to a better team.

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