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Early Week #MACtion Viewing Guide – College Football Week 12

See How the Games are Rated to learn more about…how the games are rated.

Times AZ/ET.

What I’m going to watch…

TUESDAY

Ohio at Akron
5:00/7:00 PM, ESPN2

Central Michigan at Kent St.
5:00/7:00 PM, ESPNU

WEDNESDAY

Eastern Michigan at Miami (OH)
5:00/7:00 PM, CBSSN

Western Michigan at Northern Illinois
5:00/7:00 PM, ESPN2

Toledo at Bowling Green
6:00/8:00 PM, ESPNU

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Early Week #MACtion Viewing Guide – College Football Week 11

See How the Games are Rated to learn more about…how the games are rated.

Times AZ and Eastern. Picks in CAPS.

What I’m going to watch…

TUESDAY

Akron at Miami (OH)
5:30/7:30 PM, ESPN2

Bowling Green at Buffalo
5:30/7:30 PM, ESPNU

WEDNESDAY

TOLEDO at Ohio
5:00/7:00 PM, ESPN2

Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan
6:00/8:00 PM, ESPNU

I would normally list the third option of the evening here, but I can’t in good conscience recommend in any way that anyone watch Kent St. play football this season.

I wish NIU would just lose already.

UPDATE: The strengths of schedule below are based on Sagarin’s numbers. According to the NCAA, ASU has the #9 toughest schedule, UCF is at #83, and NIU is at #117 (the NCAA stats do not include DI-AA schedules like Sagarin’s do).

NIU just won’t lose. I’m starting to get annoyed. I’m rooting for Bowling Green to beat Buffalo next week. The Falcons have a lot better chance of beating NIU than the Bulls do.

I’m not an NIU hater, I just don’t think they are better than some of the teams they are ranked ahead of. I find it difficult to swallow that the voters think the NIU Huskies (with the 137th strongest schedule in the nation) are better than Arizona State (8-2 against the sixth strongest schedule) and UCF (8-1 against the #73 schedule). In case you were wondering, yes, there are only 125 teams in Division I-A (FBS). So, yes, there are 12 Division I-AA (FCS) teams that have a more difficult schedule than NIU. I understand that the quality of their conference opponents is out of their control. But here are their non-conference games this year: Iowa (an average Big Ten team who has been average for several years now), Idaho (arguable the worst team in Division I-A football), Eastern Illinois (a decent Division I-AA team that the Huskies only managed to beat by four points), and Purdue (hands-down the worst Big Ten team in existence). I don’t know when those four games were scheduled, but Iowa was last “good” in 2009, Purdue in 2003, and Idaho…well they’re Idaho.

Dear NIU, If you have a weak conference and you want people to respect you as a team (and not just a team with a really good quarterback), you have to schedule some better non-conference games. Love, Stephen