I was waiting to post my first college football blog until something major happened. Well, two weeks into the 2015 season, something major happened.
Although the season is only two games old, it appears we have already had the biggest upset of the year. The Toledo Rockets, of the Mid-American Conference, defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks of the powerful Southeastern Conference, 16-12 yesterday…and the Rockets did it in Arkansas’ stadium!
Actually, another SEC team nearly had the distinction of being the victim of the biggest upset of the year. The Auburn Tigers had to rally to defeat Jacksonville State, 27-20, in overtime. The Gamecocks, from the FCS Ohio Valley Conference, were given only a 2-1/2 percent chance of winning and they darn near pulled it off!
The Mid-American Conference (MAC) is no stranger to pulling off upsets of major college football programs. Last season, Bowling Green knocked off Indiana of the Big Ten Conference. Also, Northern Illinois defeated Northwestern. In fact, the Huskies have done quite a bit to put the MAC and the other mid-major conferences“on the map” so to speak.
Over the last three seasons, NIU has a 35-4 regular season record and, in 2012, became the first mid-major conference team to be invited to a BCS bowl, as they went to the Orange Bowl, only to lose to Florida State. The Huskies will get their biggest challenge this Saturday as they travel to Columbus to take on number one ranked (and defending NCAA champion) Ohio State in the Horse Shoe.
In 2013, Ball State recorded wins over the University of Virginia, of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and in 2012, defeated Indiana. The Buffalo Bulls defeated the University of Connecticut, now located in the American Athletic Conference.
No one really knows if another upset by a MAC team is in the cards for this year, but teams from other conferences need to be wary of games against these teams.