5 Things We'll Miss about MAC Football
Inevitably, someone had to be the first on the FBS level. It was only a matter of time. The Mid-American Conference announced Saturday the postponement of all fall sports for the 2020 season.
What that means for the future, were not sure, but it was a significant decision for all of college football. For now, it's just one of the ten FBS conferences, but there are some who believe the other conferences will follow with the same decision. For now, let's talk about the things we'll miss about the Mid-American Conference.
Anyone who enjoys all of college football knows what this means. Every year in November, the MAC changes up their schedule. Normally, college football teams play on Friday, Saturday, and even the occasional Thursday, but the MAC adds a unique twist. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays in November, teams in the Mid-American play, giving us football from Tuesday until Saturday late in the season. It puts the conference in the spotlight that most others don't enjoy, and it's what makes the MAC so much fun to watch. MACtion is one of the best things about college football, and it's gone for the 2020 season.
2. Jaret Patterson
Buffalo had the potential to break out this year under Lance Leipold, and it would have started with their star running back. Patterson rushed for 1,799 yards and 19 touchdowns last year, and was getting on the radar of many scouts and analysts at the next level. An undersized back, Patterson played bigger than his roster listing, and remains one of the toughest backs to tackle in all of college football. His return played a big role in the excitement surrounding the Bulls in 2020, and I hope that we get to see him one more year.
3. Buffalo's run at the NY6
Lance Leipold's turned Buffalo into a winner, and it didn't take long. After going 8-16 in his first two years, the Bulls went 18-9 the past two. They had their sights set on something bigger this year: a New Years Six bowl. With 16 starters returning, including the aforementioned Patterson, Buffalo was set to make that happen. Granted, the MAC was a chaotic conference in 2019, but Buffalo seemed like the early favorite to win the conference in 2020.
4. Ohio's Rourke tradition
Nathan Rourke exhausted his eligibility after producing 10,091 yards and 109 touchdowns in his career. With him gone, Ohio needed a new quarterback, one they might have kept in the family. Younger bother Kurtis Rourke joined the Bobcats, and the freshman was the early pick to replace his older brother as the quarterback. How would little bro do in Nathan's footsteps? We'll have to wait to find out.
5. Rocky Roads to Repeating
Speaking of family members, former Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert's younger brother Brett was looking to help Miami (OH) repeat as conference champions. The Redhawks returned 16 starters, but it was going to be another year of quality competition in the MAC. Buffalo, Toledo, Western Michigan, Ohio, and Central Michigan all would have competed for the title this year. The Mid-American hasn't had a repeat champion since Northern Illinois did it in 2011 and 2012, so the Redhawks must wait a little longer to defend their crown.