The Back To The Future trilogy is filled with life lessons. Mostly about getting a flux capacitor with your Delorean and not upsetting the Libyans. Hey, those are both great things to know. The other thing that I always took away from that trilogy was the films themselves. The original is a classic that holds up to the test of time and was a solid beginning. The second film felt like it tailored off a little bit, jumping a little too much between three eras. Then came the last film, a solid Western in its own right, tied in with a great storyline to the present and a home run of a finish. The series built to its epic finale for the Doc and Marty.
Why is any of this relevant to a story about MAC football? Because that’s exactly how the first three weeks of the season felt. Good start, meh in the middle and then a home run to wrap up the “trilogy”. Here are 5 thoughts why Saturday was a home run.
1. Ball State and Ohio take out Biff: The Cardinals and Bobcats have been getting pushed around by Indiana and Marshall for years. Now they’ve both got winning streaks against their rivals, and landed late knock-out blows sending them into a pile of manure. We might not have flying cars yet, but we’ve got a lot of pride in Muncie and Athens!
2. UMass keeps learning: Much like how we learned that the smallest changes in the past can alter the future, the Minutemen are learning that the smallest mistakes can have big consequences. Charley Molnar’s team is also learning how to correct those errors, building for a better tomorrow.
3. Western Michigan is locked in the trunk: And it keeps banging on the hood, trying to get out of a funk and back into the dance. In a five-point loss to a bad Minnesota team, WMU was hampered by the same mental lapses that cost it two weeks ago in Illinois. There’s only so many times you can be called chicken before you learn how to react.
4. Northern Illinois read the letter: The Huskies went to West Point with a swagger high enough to have stolen some plutonium. Army blasted its way back in the third quarter though. Thankfully, NIU put on its bullet-proof vest and squeaked out a win. Dave Doeren’s team lifted its head just in time to get the win, but it was an ugly performance.
5. Great Scott! Toledo was ready for Bowling Green: The Falcons looked pretty good in each of their opening two games. Heading north for a battle with UT though, they ran into a wall. The Rockets put this contest to bed before the opening credits were done rolling and felt like they’d been waiting 100 years for Bowling Green to stop by.
Peter Schinkai is the Editor of The MAC Daily and takes some pride knowing more about Kent State field hockey than he does about USC football. A 10-year veteran of the MAC, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.