Friday night MACtion? Friday night MACtion!
You know, in an otherwise cruddy year for college football off the field, MAC football has actually been a hidden gem that has brought some enjoyment back to the game. Combine a conference that’s accounted for some entertaining games this season with the announcing duo of Joe “The Tease” Tessitore and Rod Gilmore and Ford Field as the crucible, and the MAC championship was set up for something crazy.
And it didn’t disappoint.
Down 20-0 at the half to Ohio, Northern Illinois rallied with 23 straight points and a game-winning field goal to defeat the Bobcats 23-20. The third appearance in Detroit finally proved to be the lucky one for NIU; the Huskies lost heartbreakers of their own to Miami (OH) last year, 26-21, and to Akron in 2005, 31-30.
This time around, it was NIU who dealt the blow to Ohio, who has yet to win a MAC championship in three tries.
The bowl selections have yet to be made, but it looks like NIU will be heading to the GoDaddy.com Bowl (yay?) against a Sun Belt opponent.