Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday--June 15th, 2015

Slow football news day on the intertubes so far.

Let's look at the MAC's OOC schedules. As everyone knows, it takes six wins to be bowl eligible (although how that'll work with 42 bowl games in 2016 I don't know). A winless or 1 win OOC result makes a winning conference record a necessity. My predicted results:

Akron- 1-3 or 2-2

@ Oklahoma
Pittsburgh (Akron beat Pitt last year 20-10)
Savannah State
@ UL Lafayette (9-3 in 2014)

Bowling Green 1-3 (win over Purdue)

Tennessee (neutral site)
@ Maryland
Memphis (10-3 in 2014)
@ Purdue

Buffalo 2-2

@Penn State
@ Florida Atlantic
Nevada (7-6 in 2014)

Kent State 1-3

@ Illinois
Delaware State
@ Minnesota

Miami (Ohio) 1-3

Presbyterian (Miami lost to 9-4 FCS Eastern Kentucky in 2014)
@ Wisconsin
@ Western Kentucky

Ohio 2-2

SE Louisiana (FCS 9-4 in 2014)
@ Minnesota

UMass (2-2 it's going to take an upset of Colorado or Temple)

@Notre Dame
Florida International

Ball State 2-2

@Texas A&M
@ Northwestern
Georgia State (1-11 in 2014)

Central Michigan 1-3

Oklahoma State
@Syracuse (beat CMU 40-3 in 2014)
@ Michigan State

Eastern Michigan 0-4

Old Dominion

Northern Illinois 2-2 (could the Huskies beat BC?)

Murray State
@Ohio State
@ Boston College

Toledo 2-2 (with a win over Iowa State)

Stony Brook
@ Arkansas
Iowa State
Arkansas State

Western Michigan 1-3

Michigan State
@ Georgia Southern (Sun Belt champ in 2014)
Murray State
@ Ohio State


Today's U says Matt Rhule has built Temple into a possible contender.


Brian Kelley says only one or two of his players would be admitted to Notre Dame if they weren't athletes.


An early signing period could be coming soon.



Anonymous said...

2-2 may be a bit too optimistic for our ooc games. As much as I'd like to agree, it's going to be a dogfight to get at two wins. But it can be done. If the defense can step up and contain the run, if the secondary is improved from last year, the kicking game is also improved and the running game is established, we have a chance.

minutefanjsf said...

I think 2-2 is more likely than others expect. I think Colorado will be a win. Being only game two of Whipple 2.0, we came damn close to beating them. I know it will be a road game, but maybe the lighter air will help us . . . I don't think there's a shot at beating ND though. Temple will be very tough, as well.

UMass74 said...

I don't think the Buffs will be much better in 2015, however a road trip to mile-high Boulder will be difficult. A UMass win will still be in the bounds of being possible.

Temple will will have a very good defense. I'm hoping the Minutemen "D" against the Temple offense will keep it close and UMass has a chance to win on a big play or turnover. Whipple goes for two and the Minutemen win 22-21!

Notre Dame is beyond the bounds of rational hopes. I'm going and I'm going to enjoy the game and UMass' effort whatever the score is.