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.