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EPISODE 19 Today I’ve got a special guest for you. Mike Wilson from SB Nation’s Cardiac Hill joins the program to talk about his Pitt Panthers, and give an early preview for this season’s non-league game against Western Michigan. Can the Broncos’ high-flying offense keep Pitt’s defensive secondary scrambling for answers? Or will QB Kenny Pickett le…
 
EPISODE 23 Another interview to focus on a Power 5 program that may or may not be on upset alert for this MAC contest. This time, we’ve got Daniel Gallen (PennLive.com / @danieljtgallen on Twitter) to talk about what to expect from the Penn State Nittany Lions. Under more normal circumstances, Penn State vs. Ball State might sound like a regularly-…
 
EPISODE 22 More non-conference team look-ats with 4 Things focused on the Minnesota Gophers and Army Black Knights. Both of these squads will have two MAC teams to take on this season: Minnesota faces both Miami and Bowling Green while Army, which returns head coach Jeff Monken, will play Miami and Ball State. JOIN MY MACTION-SIDED DISCORD! Link to…
 
EPISODE 21 The non-conference team previews continue with notes on both Iowa (vs. Kent State, Week 3) and Northwestern (vs. Ohio, Week 4). But first, the 12-team playoff model is made public and an instant reaction is only appropriate. It’s an initial nice back-door entry point for Group of 5 teams to make the playoff, and it still has a lot of are…
 
EPISODE 20 Today I’ve got a special guest for you. Alan Blondin from The Sun News in Myrtle Beach joins the show to talk about the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, and give an early preview for this season’s non-league game at Buffalo. One of the few good things from the 2020 season, on an entertainment level, was the excellent season that the Chants…
 
EPISODE 18 As previously blogged on macfootballblog.com, I ranked teams in the MAC based on *my* confidence in each of them going up against their respective non-conference schedules in 2021. Here, I’ll talk about the thought processes behind my list a little bit more in-depth. JOIN MY MACTION-SIDED DISCORD! Link to invite, join and say hi! --> htt…
 
EPISODE 17 Simple question that I’ll be tasked to answer this episode: Which MAC team will have the best three-game start to the 2021 season? Is anybody even capable of going 3-0? How many good MAC teams will start the year out with a 1-2 record? JOIN MY MACTION-SIDED DISCORD! Link to invite, join and say hi! --> https://discord.gg/GCK3TM2FZW THANK…
 
EPISODE 16 The initial plan for this episode was to talk about all of the Week 2 matchups, but we’ll instead kick the can on that until next week. Instead, we’re going to brush up on Buffalo’s finalized coaching staff, take a question from the Discord, and look at some hard-hitting journalism that doesn’t require a subscription fee to read. JOIN MY…
 
EPISODE 15 It’s May, which means I’m a little thankful for Buffalo giving us something new and current to keep up with here in mid-May: the boringest time in college football’s 12-month calendar year. There are mixed levels of optimism for this coaching staff + program moving forward, but why might 2021 be sloppy for the young Bulls? Also, non-conf…
 
EPISODE 14 Buffalo, led by Maurice Linguist, is still in the rigorous process of hiring the rest of its assistant coach pool. So far Linguist has hired his first offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, and recruiting coordinator. We’ll transition into transfer portal woes at Buffalo, Bowling Green, and Northern Illinois, but I really am excit…
 
EPISODE 13 Buffalo’s search for a new head coach following Lance Leipold’s departure has come to a quick, and fairly impressive, end after just a week of the job opening up. Maurice Linguist is Buffalo’s new head coach and will be formally introduced Monday. While there’s still a lot of work left for him to still do between now and the start of the…
 
EPISODE 12 The biggest ongoing story in the world of MAC football right now is, of course, Lance Leipold’s transition from Buffalo to Kansas. He’s not the only one leaving of course. Leipold’s already taking a bunch of his coaches with him and some young starting players are already hitting the transfer portal. Both of those were expected to happen…
 
EPISODE 11 Finally, the NFL Draft is over and we have actual results (not just forecasts and opinions) to discuss. Two MAC guys were taken on Day 2, and two linemen went in the fifth round to round out this year's smaller draft class, but that's sort of to be expected with the odd pandemic year throwing a wrench in a lot of regular football plans. …
 
EPISODE 10 It's NFL Draft week, which means that's literally the only thing we want to talk about this week. This is the second part of a two-part NFL Draft preview series that focuses entirely on the Mid-American Conference players in the draft pool. Joined with me to talk about these players is Kaleb Carter (@Kaleb_M_Carter on Twitter). I've crea…
 
EPISODE 9 It's NFL Draft week, which means that's literally the only thing we want to talk about this week. This is the first part of a two-part preview episode of the MAC players in this year's draft pool. Joined with me to talk about these players is Kaleb Carter (@Kaleb_M_Carter on Twitter). I've created a 10-player "big board" so-to-speak, and …
 
EPISODE 8 We've got three positional previews to get to this episode! Kent State WR: Isaiah McKoy's gone, but the Flashes still bring in an All-ACC return man from Syracuse to help fill the gap. Nykeim Johnson doesn't have the size advantage McKoy had, but that speed is dangerous. EMU QB: Preston Hutchinson had his first season as the starter in 20…
 
EPISODE 7 Time to talk about some big guys. I had the pleasure of catching Godzilla vs. Kong in IMAX recently, and to celebrate, I want to look at how current MAC football linemen would stack up against one another. The new movie lightly gets discussed early on, but then (7:17) I rank my top 5 MAC offensive line units, rank my top 5 MAC defensive l…
 
EPISODE 6 Did you know that college football's first-ever 3,000-yard passer came through Northern Illinois? Kaleb Carter (@Kaleb_M_Carter on Twitter), formerly of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle and Hustle Belt, currently 1/2 of MAC Football Forever on YouTube, joins the show to talk about the legend of George Bork and what his impact on NIU football ha…
 
EPISODE 5 The Mid-American Conference came out with some fairly big news on Thursday in regards to intraconference transfers. The old intraconference transfer policy which included a bunch of additional hoops for student-athletes to transfer was thrown out, and the MAC will now defer to the NCAA for its regulation on the matter. The transfer portal…
 
EPISODE 4 Today's episode of Alvarado on MACtion features a pre-recorded interview with newly-hired offensive line coach/run game coordinator for the Miami RedHawks: James Patton. Patton has over 20 years of coaching experience who has worked his way up to a top college program for years, and has since come back to coach in the league he graduated …
 
EPISODE 3 Buffalo's wide receivers were a big reason why the Bulls finally got back to the MAC Championship scene for the first time in a long time back in 2018. Anthony Johnson, K.J. Osborn, Charlie Jones all left after that year, but Antonio Nunn stuck around for his junior and senior seasons. The team threw the ball less, ran the rock more, and …
 
EPISODE 2 With spring practices in our face, it's time to really look closer at how these Mid-American Conference teams have been built up over time, and what these groups might end up looking like once we get to playing games in a few months. Toledo's quarterbacks are very talented, and it's a position group that, when it plays super well, can tak…
 
Welcome to the first episode of Alvarado on MACtion! I've got a quick intro for this program (and myself by proxy), but I really want to just get into the main topic I have to start looking forward to the 2021 season, which is my current spring power rankings. My spring 2021 MAC football power rankings, which you're not allowed to be mad at: 1. Bal…
 
Alex Alvarado has blogged a bunch and talked a ton about Mid-American Conference football before, and he hasn't stopped yet. Alvarado on MACtion is a twice-a-week MAC football podcast with new episodes every Sunday and Wednesday. Subscribe now and never miss a beat! Links Medium blog: Alvarado on MACtion Music via: Prod. Riddiman Patreon: https://w…
 
Listen to Dr. Mary Stark and Austin Seavolt describe how a recent $2 million grant aimed at boosting diversity, Empowering Nursing Students for Success, is helping nursing students graduate from WMU's School of Nursing.By MyWMU
 
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