Onto some Week Two MACtion!! Week One gave us plenty of good matchups and definitely some surprises. While we’re still some weeks away from our first MAC on MAC matchup, there is still plenty of quality football to go around across the Mid-American Conference.
In last week’s preview article I asked three main questions around the major storylines of the MAC for Week One. Those questions were Can Bowling Green Upset Michigan State? Will an FCS Team Topple a MAC Team? and What is the Game to Watch in the MAC?
Bowling Green had a tough time against Michigan State but the Falcons did have a 3-0 after the first quarter, still the lead was short-lived as the Spartans ended up winning 35-10 behind Brian Lewerke’s (below) three passing TDs. If Bowling Green can take anything from this game it is that their defense is good, the only thing holding them back is stamina. If the Falcon defense can play four full quarters they will be a tough team to beat.
Rhode Island almost (and to be honest should have) defeated the Chippewas of Central Michigan. Regardless of the outcome for the Rams the loss will no doubt be a moral victory and a strong start to the program’s momentum for the 2017 season. As for the Chippewas this game has to be a wake up call, it is time to go back to the drawing board and come up with a new plan because losing games that CMU should win has been their downfall in years past.
Although the Miami and Marshall game was a great one, the Boston College against Northern Illinois matchup was much more entertaining. BC had a three point lead for the majority of the game it seemed but NIU put themselves in field goal range to force overtime as time expired. Unfortunately for NIU fans, the kick came up short giving Boston College their first win of the 2017 season.
If you take one thing away from the Week One MACtion is should be that Western Michigan could be a legitimate contender to win the conference. The Broncos played extremely well against USC and had the lead in the third quarter. Western Michigan controlled the clock thanks to running back LeVante Bellamy (pictured) gainst one of the best offenses in the nation and I think that it is safe to say that the Broncos could make a serious run against Michigan State in Week Two. Therefore, Western Michigan is my team to watch in the MAC.
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