MAC to the Future 2012?

Submitted by Snidely Doo Rash on May 3rd, 2011 at 2:03 AM

Is there any doubt we will add a mac team to the 2012 schedule?  Michigan’s open dates are  9/15 then ND on the road, and 9/29 then Purdue on the road in the BIG opener.   Alabama in Dallas and Air Force at home are the other non-conference games already on the schedule.  

Most MAC teams seem set with 4 non-conference games or are otherwise out of realistic contention.  With Umass joining there is some potential for changes.  

-Buffalo (UGA, Morgan St, Uconn, Pitt--ugh)

-BG (FL, ID, VT, RI--doh!)

-Miami (Ohio St, Boise, Mizzou, Cincy--ouch!)

-NIU (IOWA, UT-Martin, Army, Kansas)

-Ohio (Penn St, NM st, Marshall, Norfolk St)

-Ball St (Clemson, Indiana, USF, Army)

-WMU (Illinois,  EIU, MInny, Uconn)

-Kent  (Army, UK, Rutgers, Towson)

-EMU (Purdue, Mich St, Army, open date on the 29th)

-CMU (Mich St, Iowa, Navy , open dates on the 15th  and 29th)


Leaving as realistic choices.

-Temple (Penn St, Maryland, Villanova, open dates on the 15th  and 29th)

-Toledo* (Arizona, Wyoming, Coastal Carolina, open dates on the 15th  and 29th)

-Akron* (UCF)

-Umass* (Uconn)

UPSHOT: Clearly, Brandon based on odds, goes for UMass then Akron or Toledo on the 29th preferably but the 15th is okay if you can get Umass.  Temple could be a wild card from the MAC or could Brandon go Coastal or Appy St on us?  

Amirite?  Are there rumors I've missed?  





May 3rd, 2011 at 7:51 AM ^

Interesting study.

I'm not too familiar with how M builds schedules. EMU seems available the 29th (though it'd be Big Ten game No. 3) so let's just do EMU again. Nice reunion with the old guys who aren't as pissed at us anymore, they're basically FCS anyway, and if there was ever a weak team Michigan can justify scheduling again and again it's our neighbors.


May 3rd, 2011 at 9:32 AM ^

Um...the football team come to Rynearson? Where do you put the spectators after we've seated the band?

No, but that would be a great place to have some sort of annual Our Blog Versus Your Blog flag football game the Friday night before, wouldn't it? Do they have bloggers? Maybe their student newspaper can come too. And the yearbook staff. Okay maybe if we empty the emo kids out of the Elbow Room...


May 3rd, 2011 at 9:04 AM ^

Over and over (which is fine) have we ever played Temple or Akron?

Any recruiting advantages to playing one of them for the Akron/ Philly areas or does it not really matter since they're just MAC teams?


May 3rd, 2011 at 9:26 AM ^

I assume M plays the diectional schools so much as its makes more fiscal sense for them to do so? 

I would like to think bringing an out of state team would cost more money to entice them to get beat down (hopefully) where as if your 1-2 hours away and playing Michigan the check you write to that school is probably smaller as they dont have to cover things like jet charter, bringing semi's full of equipment etc. so the cost of doing business with them would be slightly lower. 

Kind of a win win situation, those schools get a big pay day to fund their program and since they are not traveling very far, their profit margin is huge and they make bank while M gets to play a local school and everyone witnessess a victory and goes home happy. 

Pea-Tear Gryphon

May 3rd, 2011 at 12:11 PM ^

I've heard/read that we play the in-state schools more often than other MAC-ky cake schools because that keeps the money in-state. The payouts are usually about the same whether it's UMass, Akron or EMU, but when we pay EMU to visit that money goes to an in-state school. That's why you often see that school down south play other Ohio schools in their non-conference (Akron, OU, Toledo, etc) more often than playing CMU/EMU/WMU or other non-Ohio schools


May 3rd, 2011 at 9:27 AM ^

Ya, I know that we need some cupcakes in our schedule.  Especially early in the year.  But I'm sick of playing MAC Teams.


May 3rd, 2011 at 3:39 PM ^

That year is already crazy - lets not try to fit in another stiff opponent. Playing full speed evert Sat is hard - playing it against top competition is something you can only do for so long before breaking down. We need our guys fresher - we have enough SoS rest of the year - get a MAC team and be done with it.