The big stop was caused by the good stuff
Because the NCAA Tournament kicked off the post-baseball season and it’s happening fairly quickly. The NCAA College and World Series will begin Friday with Tech hosting a regional and possibly major regional event. We’ll continue to report that with a possible super regional game against the Florida Gators for baseball, there could be some sort of revenge next weekend. It’s a special event and we’ll update you about the games as soon as possible. It’s definitely an exciting time at Jamerson Hall, and after-semester weekend events are definitely welcomed by local merchants and restaurateurs.
Back to College Football Reflections
The excitement of championship baseball and softball makes digging into the details of FBS a bit boring. Don’t worry, because the series is going on, and the news and rumors are getting interesting on this front. We promised to finish the marathon and we definitely will.
In the context of looking at change and changes, though, it was discovered that many of the conferences in the mixer that we know as the Group of Five did not disintegrate. Like that stubborn ice cube or two in juice, they don’t cooperate, for pretty much the same reasons, with the big changes taking place on both levels of FBS.
The Mid-America Conference and Mountain West don’t seem to be making much of a move over the next few seasons; After all, for a decade. The reason for the “boring” nature of this conference make-up appears to be largely due to the fact that they have gone through their own changes and changes over the past two decades and have largely settled on their current geographic boundaries, level of competition, and program size limits. The result was two very stable and “average” leagues with little motivation for either to interfere with the others.
Mid-America Conference – Old, stable and predictable but divisions unbalanced
Look, folks, the MAC is pretty old. It was founded in 1946, but its history is far from stable. It was expanded as far south as Florida and east of Temple. The meltdown has returned to its current footprint as Edge programs have been nominated to other leagues. The core twelve teams remained in the conference for at least 24 years (Buffalo joined in 1998). This is an Old World, mid-sized blue-collar league, American League Intermediate. There doesn’t seem to be a motive to change it so often. MAC seems to be happy with what it has settled on over the years and there aren’t many rumors of any comings or goings.
If you look at the stats and 2021 W/L records for in-conference and non-conference performance, the reality just jumps out and hits you hard (okay, maybe it just drapes over you like a wet blanket). MAC-East is poor in both team and non-conference play, MAC-West wins overall but most teams are evenly matched within the league. The fact that MAC-West put all six of its teams into bidding mode on the pot and that only MAC-East qualified 2 is a telling statistic. The next wild sign in the ledger is more than just a head scratcher. Although Western teams had more qualifying teams, they qualified mostly in .500 season, and the division announcer Western Michigan actually had the best overall record in the West at 8-5.
Mid-America Conference for 2022 and Beyond
|Akron zip||c||Anker-Zips from the East Division is new to FBS and still learning.|
|Bowling Green Falcons||c||The House of Urban Meyer invented by Read-Option Offense was in the middle of a weak section|
|Buffalo Bulls||c||Another New FBS Program Better Than Zips|
|Kent State Golden Flashes||B-||Won the division in 2021 with a 7-7 (6-2) included conference championship match|
|Miami (Ohio) Redhawks||B||He came in second place for the division with a score of 7-6 (5-3) scoring one of the 4 highest rated programs in either division|
|Ohio Bobcats||c||A sub-par season as 4 teams in the division had less than 0.500 records|
|Cardinals State Ball||c +||This is old school but it really is an FCS program that works at FBS for the money|
|Central Michigan Chippewas||b +||Central Michigan is finding traction and is one of the top four teams in the conference|
|Eastern Michigan Eagle||c +||A lot of Michigan happens in this rusty world. Eastern is still learning to play at FBS level.|
|Huskies of Northern Illinois||b +||One of the top four teams in the league, if B1G expands by withdrawing teams, they will be considered|
|Toledo Rockets||B||Toledo is a longtime conference presence with 11 conference titles since 1952 – struggle a bit in 2021|
|West Michigan Broncos||B||They have some promising competition but serious recalculation was still slightly above the annual average|
This is a prime example of near perfect equivalence; There is not much ceiling and not much floor. Whether this reality is good or bad or not, it definitely ranks high on the “boring” scale. Everyone can beat four teams in the East, but no one can really pull themselves out of the pile in team play among their peers either.
The result is a stalemate in the conference. No single program has enough momentum to truly and truly dominate revenue, gravity pull, or longevity coaching.
The outside impression of MAC ends up being a Rust Belt Junior league with above-average programs vying for their conference championship and some great money from the juice bowl. Unfortunately, the only way a MAC team would truly get the chance to challenge for a playoff spot and a National Championship was if there was a real 16-team playoff based on conference tournaments or a real Super Divisions in FBS where Division 1 and Division 2 have playoffs and tournaments Their own.
This does not mean that MAC is not exciting football. Watching those teams on TV in the normal hours of a Thursday, Friday or Saturday is infinitely better than watching something else. It is blue-collar football in Central America, but it is not a competition at the level of the current championship or the building of the league. There doesn’t seem to be a desire in the conference to change that either. So, relax and have fun watching.
Famous as PAC-12 Junior League but really good
The other side of the motion spectrum is league survival. We’ll have to see if C-USA can pull it off, but the G5’s first big example of survival mode is Mountain West. From 1998 to the present, the Western Athletic Conference became Mountain West, throwing programs like BYU, Utah, and TCU for other conferences, as MWC solidified, other schools picked up, and with the University of Hawaii (now UofH in Manoa). This makes it a very vast area which makes travel fun. High-density coastal areas contain schools that have not been withdrawn to PAC-12 such as San Diego State, San Jose State. One of these two types, PAC-12 forms a slash across the middle of the area.
Just like MAC programs are aligned and leveled with some kind of parity – and long-term membership in the conference even with its new name, its core is still WAC. The truth is that the current membership of PAC 12 Jr, is organizationally boring as it is G5 relative to B1G Jr.
The ultimate fact for Mountain-West is that they managed 8 of the 12 teams that were awarded bids, of which six actually won. Status wise is really excellent, and the money isn’t bad either.
Mountain West 2022 and beyond
|Team||Conf record (generally)||bowl (win)||Class||comments|
|Team||Conf record (generally)||bowl (win)||Class||comments|
|Utah||6-2 (11-3)||Yes Yes)||a-||The Aggies won the conference championship game in 2021, and their plate – Solid|
|air forces||6-2 (10-3)||Yes Yes)||b +||One of the richest programs that helped reduce service requirements|
|Boise State||5-3 (7-5)||Yes No)||B||The boys’ estate is above average right now – the Smurfs will be back in competition|
|Wyoming||2-6 (7-6)||Yes Yes)||c +||They’ve had a parallel season with a pot win – the floor and ceilings are close though|
|Colorado||2-6 (3-9)||number||c||You’ve been struggling for a while still trying to find an identity and a purpose|
|New Mexico||1-7 (3-9)||number||c||Still a struggling program looking for some way to improve|
|San Diego State||7-1 (12-2)||Yes Yes)||a-||Someone got a new midfielder – wonder who? They lost the championship match but won the championship|
|Fresno State||6-2 (10-3)||Yes Yes)||b +||Better Than You Expect – Nobody Sneezes In 10 Winning Seasons|
|Nevada||5-3 (8-5)||Yes No)||B||Season Above Average for Northern Nevada Country – Pot Lost Yet|
|Hawaii||3-5 (6-7)||Yes Yes)||c +||Self-bidding pot – but ended up winning the last two games of their season – needs a June/John Colt Brennan mix|
|San Jose State||3-5 (5-7)||number||c||Struggle and make traction not enough|
|UNLV||2-6 (2-10)||number||c||Too many distractions? Dunno but they are not as good as their basketball program|
The main problem in Mountain West is the possibility of future raids on its best members either by BIG XII trying to save itself, or perhaps something like C-USA trying to restore stability through an entire conference merger. (Hey, this is just wild speculation but we’re breeding at this point.)
Go on a jet plane and not
The facts on the table remain that for now, these two conferences are largely closed for the foreseeable future – which means the next five years or so. These are buses for MAC and a lot of flying miles for MW. Do charter passengers receive travel points?
It’s time to voice this.
What are your feelings about the two most stable G5 conferences?
This poll is closed
A large part of me is envious that every year I will go on a trip to Hawaii. I am still confused about what is the zip code.
MAC fans love their football, their conventions, and their relative isolation. MW teams are the party plane from Tahoe to Vegas to Honolulu. Who cares about football?
You don’t follow either conference, and you don’t really think that most college football does either.
You only have one conference left, is that going to be boring?
23 total votes
Next, we check out the G5’s most exciting and exciting regulatory movement league – Sun Belt. The conference that no one is paying much attention to is now the hot ticket, the big G5 conference full of good teams and there will be a lot more after 2024.