Another bracket to make fun of

2016 bracket attemptIt’s been a long time…

But the madness is here and I need to get my upsets out so I can hopefully take credit for them later.

I think every 11 seed can beat its 6 seed foe, watch that come back to hurt me. Wichita State and Arkansas-Little Rock are my Cinderellas. Both can turn people over and defend, that means it will just take some timely shooting to carry them through the Sweet 16.

Speaking of turning people over and defending, that’s why Kansas, Texas A&M, West Virginia and Michigan State are in my Final Four.

Now watch none of those teams make it in the next 2 weeks. That’s March Madness.

 

Photos from GLVC football

Last Saturday I had the chance to check out UIndy football against Quincy in Great Lakes Valley Conference action. UIndy defeated the Hawks 26-20 on a chilly night. The Greyhounds are looking good in the conference.

Here are photos and video from the game I shot for the Southsider Voice.

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Week 5 viewing guide

Week 5 guide

With conference play in full swing Saturday’s slate of games are loaded all day for the first weekend of October. Texas Tech at Baylor is a sleeper to watch as we all know Tech can score and should have defeated TCU last weekend.

The SEC have important games as even Alabama could be eliminated from the playoff with its second SEC loss. Georgia will try to do exactly that.

Notre Dame at Clemson is the primetime game as both teams are trying to prove themselves as elite. A Notre Dame win will put the Irish in the driver seat for a playoff spot.

PAC-12 gets time to shine in week 4

Here is your viewer’s guide or what I call a navigation solution for week 4.

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Big week in the PAC-12 with two games between ranked teams. TCU has a dangerous trip to Texas Tech as Big-12 play revs up as well.

Michigan and Texas have an opportunity to prove they can return to glory Saturday afternoon.

What to watch in College Football Saturday Sept. 19

Navi Sol Sep. 18Should be a great week 3 of football with the SEC leading the way. The noon slate is weak but the evening is loaded with quality games.

Auburn at LSU and Ole Miss at Alabama are must sees. Throw in the fact that Kentucky might beat Florida for the first time in my lifetime and it could be a great Saturday night.

Budget games Week 1

Possible new logo for the Sun Belt Conference this week

Possible new logo for the Sun Belt Conference this week

College football is back, and while some match-ups are enticing this weekend, others are a cakewalk. Here are some games where a powerhouse football program is paying a FBS mid-major in need of funds (typically around $1 million) to take a beating.

Arkansas State at No. 8 USC

The Red Wolves went 7-6 last season and played in its fourth straight GoDaddy Bowl. That’s an impressive achievement for the ASU program. Unfortunately, the University of Southern California doesn’t really care about that. The Trojans see a Sun Belt program that should go down easy.

Arkansas State might actually make USC nervous for tiny bit but the Trojans should be able to score at will in this one. Three of ASU’s top four tacklers are gone from a year ago and that’s big problem against USC. Trojans roll.

Louisiana-Monroe at No. 9 Georgia

The good news for Louisana-Monroe is that it defeated a power conference school last season. The bad news is that was Wake Forest. The Warhawks went 4-8 last year and was held to under 100 yards in it’s 31-0 loss at LSU. ULM also lost at Kentucky 48-14. So I doubt Georgia will have much fear here.

Throw in the fact Georgia has won 17 of its last 18 home openers and you have a very long day for ULM in Athens.

Texas State at No. 10 Florida State

Texas State has been bowl eligible the past two seasons (did not get selected) and has a great chance to finally get in. That might not be seen in its opener at Florida State. The Seminoles are 10-1 all-time against current Sun Belt teams.

Florida State is in transition with a new quarterback so maybe Texas State can hang around in this game for a quarter or two. Eventually though, the Bobcat defense with four of its five best tacklers gone from last season will collapse. It won’t be pretty when it does.

MACtion Fights Perceptions

Sticks and stones may break my bones but linebackers will never hurt me.

Sticks and stones may break my bones but linebackers will never hurt me.

Readers of my site know I have a soft spot for mid-major conferences and it goes double for the Mid-American Conference as I went to Ball State. So it’s pretty cool when the MAC tries to advertise itself or rebrand the schools in the league.

That’s pretty much the goal of the ad developed by 160over90. First, lets take a look at how the MAC tried to portray itself in the past. Most little commercials for the conference have tried to focus on sportsmanship pr unspecified traditions. Just like this ad for example.

Yep, nothing says #MACtion like a breakfast diner. Still, it’s a lot better than this throwback gem from 1998. Just hit it.

Now that you have a baseline you can see why the MAC could use some help here. Check out the finished result.

The ad taps into the Midwest angst and feeling of invisibility giving it an edge. MAC fans are used to being the underdog and that will probably never change.  We kind of like it that way. The site explains the perceptions a little further.

You can also create memes with school colors

if you want some trash talk with Big Ten fans.

While this campaign emphasizes the MAC does not need spotlight, it’s obvious some spotlight will help. MAC football has generally struggled in the attendance category, especially in November when schools play games during the week in frigid temperatures.  Fan passion varies from school to school as Northern Illinois and Western Michigan have passionate bases. Eastern Michigan not so much.

MACtion may speak louder than words but people have to see the MACtion first. Anything that can assist with being seen is a plus but the only success on the field will ultimately change perceptions. And we all know the latter is the hard part.