Thursday, November 4, 2010

MAC Blogger Roundtable

Average MAC attendance
(games through 10/16)

Temple 22,273
Toledo 22,266
OU 20,978
CMU 20,741
KSU 20,377
NIU 17,762
BGSU 17,530
WMU 17,350
EMU 16,140
Miami 15,738
Buffalo 15,293
Akron 12,716
Ball State 10,696

Fire Up Chips has the questions this week and I'll try to give some answers:

I. Northern Illinois has maintained steam from the primordial ooze of preseason rankings, while the Ohio Bobcat are building steam and look like they could make a return trip to Detroit. With only a handful of games left, which teams do you foresee playing in Detroit?

TFF: Temple and NIU.

II. Since it is my turn this week, I would like to bring my fellow knights a problem which has vexed both peasant and gentry class alike in Mt. Pleasant.

"Dust thou thinkest that Sir. Dan Enos should be banished from the goodly folk of Mt. Pleasant for his blackguard performance and 2 - 7 record thus far? There is much talk in all reaches of the Central Michigan Kingdom that he has squandered our season with a playbook so bad it must be from France! What say you!"

TFF: No, they made two good hires in Brian Kelly and Butch Jones. They get a pass on this one. I'm not a big believer in hiring assistant coaches, although it worked out at my uni (Al Golden). When AG goes, I want a proven head coach at this level to take over. Assistants are crapshoots.
III. If you accept the premise that the playing field in completely level in the MAC, then shouldn't long time coaches like Bill Cubit at Western Michigan and Herb Martin at Kent State have to win a championship within 10 years or risk being fired?

TFF: No, because Bill Cubitt has a few Big 10 pelts on his wall. Give me a guy who can beat Big 10 talent with a MAC recruiting budget any day.

IV. Who is your front runner for MAC Coach of The Year?

TFF: Jerry Kill. That guy can flat-out coach.

V. What is your favorite Michael J. Fox movie from his golden era of film making 1984 - 1986?

TFF: Back to the Future.

1. Temple
2. NIU
3. Ohio
4. Western Michigan
5. Ohio
6. Central Michigan
7. Kent State
8. Miami
9. Bowling Green
10. Ball State
11. Buffalo
12. Eastern Michigan
13. Akron