Dearest College Football,
Just when I think I couldn't love you anymore, you go and do this.
Last week, at the Iron Bowl. You pop the tires of Dark Lord Saban with a missed field goal return for a TD at the end of the game. Not only does it destroy Alabama fans, but it gives Ohio State fans hope. Suddenly, they're number 2! They've got a shot at the BCS championship game! And all they have to do is beat Michigan State! Why, that's Little Brudder!
Oh, College Football. You sly dog you. You knew you were going to get the SEC through.
Don't get me wrong, I don't like the SEC. A lot of people don't. People in the media do, though, and this will feed into their BS machine. Fine. A small price to pay to see hope ripped away from Urban Meyer.
But you make this magic happen, knowing that Michigan State had nothing to play for. A win wasn't going to send them to the National Championship Game... so they'd go to the Rose Bowl. If they lost, though, then OSU would have gone to the NCG, leaving Sparty to go to... The Rose Bowl. So all they had to play for was pride. And that they did. See also: Bowling Green, who may have cost the MAC millions of dollars by beating Northern Illinois, but did so in the name of heart, grit, blood, sweat, tears, and "everything we've worked for".
In an age where professional teams are talking about tanking, or standing out on the sidelines to interfere with plays, you are doing all the right things.
I may get mad when coaches get poached away from my conference. I may kick and pout when teams get snubbed for bowls. But you're fixing your mistakes. You're ditching your silly little BCS. And on nights like this, you remind me why I love you so much more than your professional brother: because for all the entitled fans, for all of the disparity in talent, and for all of the "they don't deserve", sometimes it just happens anyways.
Treat yo' self this bowl season, college football. You deserve it.
Tongiht's the night, live from Detroit, MI: the MAC Championship Game at Ford Field. The BCS ranked Northern Illinois Huskies out of the West, and the Bowling Green Falcons out of the East, square off for the hardware.
Now, as a Toledo alumnus, watching our old nemesis and our new nemesis square off for the goods makes me ill. I'm fully rooting for a Mexico City-esque electrical fire to shut down Ford Field.
But, as a MAC defender, there is a moral dilemma in tonight's game. Namely, do I root for Northern Illiois to win, solely because the BCS exposure will be good for the conference? That phat BCS lewt gets split amongst the conference, is that enough of a reason to root for the Huskies?
And the answer, for me, is a big ol' NOPE.
Don't get me wrong, I want NIU to go to a big bowl. I want them to look their big-time opponent in the face, and punch them in the throat. I want the Kirk Herbstreits of the world to eat their words when they look down their nose at the MAC.
On the same note, though, I don't want people thinking Northern Illinois is the only worthwhile team in the MAC. Look at Boise State: they shocked the world in 2006, but languished in a brutal WAC. They jumped to the Mountain West to bolster that SOS, and it helped some. They tried to jump to the Big East, but when that nightmare finally fell apart, they decided they weren't going to mess with that American Athletic Conference.
A Bowling Green win tonight isn't a bad thing for the conference. BG is a tough defensive squad. Tough as nails. I don't know if they're tough enough to stop Jordan Lynch, but if they do, it'll be well earned. Yes, when it comes to exposure and cash, it's a negative for the conference right now. But a good game tonight shows the world that we're deeper than they think.
As for a prediction? NIU 35, BGSU 31.
There are the unsung heroes in the world of football. The linesmen. The assitant coaches. The long snappers. Even the refs, who become the goats when they make the wrong calls, are forgotten when they make the right ones.
So props to whoever made a tribute to one of the least-recognized members of the team: the ball boy. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Florida State ballboy Frankie. They call him Red Lightning, and after you watch the video, you'll see exactly why. Watch the sidelines.
Some NIU fan made this.
Prediction: Falcons 70, Huskies 3.
It's all finished. 30 days of moustache growing coming to a glorious close to all three of us, with $105 raised through our Movember team. (The page will stay open, so you can still donate.)
Hooper has already shaved his off. Scott's soon. I'm keeping mine: it's time I give the full Van Dyke a go.