MAC Football: The Bright, Shining Star In The Middle Of The Week


Every fall, as the air begins to chill and the leaves begin to fall, America’s focus shifts to Saturday afternoons, Sunday couch surfing and Monday nights. Football season is as American as apple pie and Santa Claus. But during the week, there’s nothing. It’s a barren wasteland of NBA and NHL regular season games with a college basketball’s non-conference schedule mixed in.

But as Americans, a proud and bloodthirsty people, we crave football no matter what day of the week it is. That’s where the Mid-American Conference comes in. Affectionately known as the MAC, you’ve probably heard of some of the schools in this conference. Ball State, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois and Ohio to name a few. The meat and potatoes of the conference schedule comes in late October and throughout November and December, bringing football into your living room on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

The MAC flies in the face of tradition, giving a big middle finger to traditional college football scheduling. No longer do you have to settle for the entertainment diarrhea known as TBS and CBS original programming or watching Casino on Starz for the third time in as many days on your weeknights, there are options for those of us who crave gridiron action…or should I say, MACTION.

So you might say, “Hey Brian, idiot. What makes #MACtion so damn special?” First of all, shut your dirty mouth. Second of all, there’s a reason it’s called #MACtion. It’s because these teams score. Thirdly:



They’re teaching dogs how to high-five in the MAC. That’s Diesel, Northern Illinois’s mascot. An adorable, furry husky dog high fiving as NIU throws deep route after deep route. If that doesn’t warm the cockles of your cold, depressed heart, then myself or the MAC can’t do anything for you, my friend.

Oh, it doesn’t do anything for you? How about we add a little MAGIC…or should I say, MACgic!


That should be the recruiting pitch for every coach in the conference. We have high fiving dogs, more touchdowns than an arena football game and weeknight football games in primetime on secondary ESPN networks. Why would you go play in the Big 10 when you can go play in the MAC?

The point is, the MAC is much more captivating than its regional counterpart, the Big 10. Sorry to all of our valued readers whose alma maters are in that godforsaken conference. You’re getting lapped by MACtion. Clownsuited by the Central Michigans and Kent States of the world.

I love you, MACtion. You brighten up my weeknights and make those cold Tuesday and Wednesday nights a little bit warmer with your 60-yard screen plays and NFL Blitz-style playbooks.

The high-fiving dog gif said it best, MACtion is MAGIC!

[Images via SB Nation, Guyism]

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Brian McGannon

What do I love? I love happy hour, a good golf tan, and getting moderately drunk during dinner.

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