For the last month of the season, in addition to the usual weekly column weâ€™ll also examine the Tuesday through Friday action as well.
As usual, all times Eastern and all predictions wrong.
7:00: Toledo @ Northern Illinois (ESPN2): Are you ready for some MACtion? This game will determine the winner of the MAC West! If thatâ€™s not going to get you excited about MAC football then Iâ€™m not sure what will. Anyway, I like NIU here.
8:00: Miami @ Bowling Green (ESPN2): This game is not for similar stakes, unfortunately. After getting creamed in out-of-conference play, Miami (the one in Ohio) has recovered to run it up to 4-1 in the MAC, which ties them in the loss column with the other MAC East frontrunners. Bowling Green, however, is not so hot, at 2-7 on the year. I like Miami here.
7:30: Pittsburgh @ Connecticut (ESPN): Anyone have any idea of whatâ€™s going in the Big East? I sure donâ€™t. Pitt is the only undefeated team in conference play but theyâ€™ve also only played three conference games. For the sake of my sanity, Iâ€™m taking Pitt.
8:00: East Carolina @ Alabama-Birmingham (CBSCS): Of UABâ€™s three wins this year, two of them have been by one point. ECU has taken care of most of their C-USA brethren by larger margins than that, but, well, they did lose 76-35 last week to Navy. (Fun fact: Navy had only 32 yards more total offense, for a total of 596 yards, but Navy finished with a +3 turnover ratio.) Nonetheless, Iâ€™ll still taking the Pirates.
6:00: Ball State @ Buffalo (ESPNU): Yes, thatâ€™s right kids, more MACtion! This time, though, the teams involved are a combined 5-14 on the year. So, um, I canâ€™t really recommend this one. Total guess: Buffalo.
9:00: Boise State @ Idaho (ESPN2): Hey, anyone remember this whole thing from back in July? So you can bet theyâ€™ll be especially â€œnasty and inebriatedâ€ up in the Kibbie Dome this year. (Also known as the Cowan Spectrum if thereâ€™s a basketball court in it.) Idahoâ€™s unique dome may be the single best reason to tune into this, other than to witness Boiseâ€™s impending demolition of them in the same manner youâ€™re not supposed to rubberneck when driving by a car accident.
As usual, the weekend column will probably go up at some absurd hour on Saturday. Until then, enjoy the MACtion!