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Are you waiting on the MAC to add some tension because it has a big following on here.

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Are you waiting on the MAC to add some tension because it has a big following on here.

I'll probably go #MACtion before MWC, just because of Boise State, but I think the MAC will be more interesting top to bottom. There's also a period when I'll be moving house, which may delay me for a few days, although knowing me this'll be my one constant, which I can keep coming back to whatever's going on.
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Day 13: UAB Blazers



Location: Birmingham, Alabama

Introduction: Started play in 1991, as a Division 3 independent. In 1993 the NCAA made a rule where two teams from the same school could not compete in different divisions, with the rest of UAB's teams playing in the Division 1 the football team was forced to make the step up to FCS. In 1996 they made the step up to FBS, where they played as an independent, until joining Conference USA in 1999. They would remain there until the end of the 2014 season. On December 2nd 2014 it was announced that due to budget constraints the football program (along with the rifle and bowling programs) would cease operations. 6 months later (June 1st 2015) it was announced that the program would return, and two month after that (July 21st 2015) it was announced that 2017 would be their first season back.

Biggest achievement: Back to back winning seasons in 2000 and 2001, they would go a combined 13-9.

Biggest failure: The rest of their history at the FBS level. Excluding those two seasons they are a combined 73-126, with 1 winning season, and one bowl appearance.

Rivals: Southern Mississippi. The two first meet in 2000, and meet every year there after. Southern Miss would win the first 9, and UAB 5 of the next 6.

Head coach: Bill Clark, started coaching in 1990 as an assistant coach at a high school in Alabama, his first college coaching job was as the DC at South Alabama. He was named HC at Jacksonville State in 2013, and left to become UAB HC in 2014. He agreed a new 5 year contract in 2015, so will be the HC for the return of the program in 2017.

Notable former players: Roddy White, WR, first round selection in 2005, first team All Pro, 4 time pro bowler.

Bryan Thomas, DE, 2002 first round selection, 104 starts for the New York Jets.

Stadium: Legion Field, opened 1927, capacity 72,000, last expanded 1991.

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Day 14: Rice Owls



Location: Houston, Texas

Introduction: Why does Rice play Texas?
- John F Kennedy
Why indeed John, why indeed?

Rice began play in 1912, they would play their first season at the Division 1 level in 1914, as an independent. In 1915 they would become founding members of the Southwest Conference, alongside Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas, Arkansas, Southwestern (TX) and Oklahoma State. They would remain in the SWC until it's break up in 1995, at which point they would find refuge in the WAC, and later Conference USA.

Biggest achievement: The 9 years immediately following WW2. From 1946 to 1954 they would put together a 62-29-2 record, including two 9-2 seasons and one 10-1 season, along with one Orange Bowl win (vs Tennessee), and two Cotton Bowl wins (vs North Carolina and Alabama), 3 SWC championships (2 shared) and finished the season ranked 5 times with highs of 5th (1949) and 6th (1953).

Biggest failure: 1964-1991, during which time they would go a combined 73-222-6 and have more 0 win seasons (3, although they did manage a tie in one of them) than winning seasons (zero).

Rivals: As JFK pointed out, Texas (Rice had actually won 5 of the last 10 meetings between the two at the time of JFK's speech, and would tie that year's meeting 14-14). Despite the death of the SWC the two have continued the rivalry fairly regularly meeting 12 times in the 21 seasons since, with the last meeting coming in 2015. Texas have won the last 15 meetings, with Rice's last win coming in 1994. Texas lead the series 72-21-1.

SMU. First played in 1916, Rice won the first meeting 127-3. The two schools shared a conference from 1918 to 2012, as such they meet every year (apart from SMU's two death penalty years), however they have not meet since 2012. SMU leads the series 48-41-1.

Houston "Bayou Bucket Classic", the two schools are located within 5 miles of each other. First meeting came in 1971, they meet every year up until 1995, with the rivalry resuming in 1999, the last meeting came in 2013, however the two do have a home and home set up for 2017/2018. Houston leads 29-11.

Head coach: Have two former coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame (although not necessarily for their coaching job at Rice). One is John Heisman, he of the trophy fame, who compiled a 14-18-3 as HC (1924-1927). The other is Jess Neely, who was HC from 1940-1966, and compiled a 144–124–10 record as HC, he would also act as the athletic director for that period, and coach the baseball team for two seasons (1945 and 1948)

David Bailiff. The former Southwest Texas State OL, got his start in coaching as a DL coach at a Texas high school, coached Texas State from 2004-2006, before being named the Rice HC in 2007. Has compiled a 56–69 record (39–41 in conference), and has won one CUSA title.

Notable current players: Emmanuel Ellerbee, LB, 2016 All CUSA.

Notable former players: 6 first team All Americans: Trevor Cobb, RB, 1991.
Buddy Dial, E, 1958 (college football Hall of Fame). Weldon Humble, L, 1946 (CFHoF). Tommy Kramer, QB, 1976 (CFHoF). Dicky Maegle, B, 1954 (CFHoF). James Williams, E, 1949 (CFHoF).

Bill Wallace, RB, made the CFHoF without being an All American.

Don Maynard, WR, Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Christian Covington, last player drafted from Rice (2015, 6th round, Texans).

Stadium: Rice Stadium, 47,000 capacity (expandable to 70,000), opened 1950.

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Day 15: Florida Atlantic Owls



Location: Boca Raton, Florida

Introduction: Started play in 2001, as an FCS independent, stepped up to the FBS in 2004 as members of the Sun Belt, switched over to CUSA in 2013.

Why Owls: The campus of FAU is a popular area for owls and in 1971, the National Audubon Society designated FAU's land an official owl sanctuary.

Biggest achievement: 2007-2008, during which time they went 11-4 in conference (4-7 OOC), won the Sun Belt and won back to back bowl games.

Biggest failure: The 10 other seasons since 2005, during which time they have a 35-84, with zero winning seasons.

The Carl Pelini scandal. Under HC Carl Pelini (Brother of former Nebraska HC Bo) the team compiled a 5-14 record. Just before the 20th game Pelini was forced to resign in disgrace after admitting to taking illegal recreational drugs (marijuana and cocaine).

Rivals: Florida International, "The Shula Bowl" (after Don Shula). First meet in 2002, and have played every year since, has been a conference game every year since 2004. FAU leads 10-5.

Head coach: After 3 years of Charlie Partridge, under whom the Owls went 3-9 each year, the school decided to hire Lane Kiffin. The former Fresno State QB got his start in coaching as an assistant at Fresno State the season after his playing career was over. He would go on to be the HC at the Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Vols and USC Trojans, during which time he compiled a 40-36 record.

Notable former players: Trey Hendrickson, DE, 2016 All CUSA, projected 4/5 round pick.

Alfred Morris, RB, 2012 6th round pick, 2 time Pro Bowler.

Stadium: FAU Stadium, 30,000 capacity, opened 2011.

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Day 15: Marshall Thundering Herd



Location: Huntington, West Virginia

Introduction: Started play in 1895, became members of Division 1 in 1962, before moving down to the FCS in 1982, the would move back up to the FBS in 1997 as members of the MAC, before moving to Conference USA in 2005.

On November 14 1970 on the way home from a game at East Carolina an aircraft carrying 37 members of the team, 9 coaches, 25 boosters, 4 flight crew members crashed into a hill just short of their destination, killing all on board.

Why Thundering Herd: The name comes from the Henry Hathaway directed 1933 film of the same name.

Biggest achievement: Their first 6 seasons back in the FBS, during which time they went 65-13, 42-6 in conference, making the MAC conference championship game all 6 years, and winning 5 of them. They would also finish 2 seasons ranked, one in the top 10, win 5 of 6 bowl games, and go undefeated for 18 games, including a 13-0 season.

2013-2015, when they had 3 consecutive double digit winning seasons, winning one conference championship, and finished 2014 ranked.

Biggest failure: The 1968-1969 seasons, during which they went 0-19-1

The Mark Snyder era (2005-2009) during which time they went 22-37.

The drop down from 2013-2015 to 2016 winning just 3 games.

Rivals: Ohio "Battle for the Bell", based upon geography, with the schools just 80 miles apart. They were both in the MAC from 1997-2004. Once Marshall moved over to the CUSA the rivalry stopped, until they meet in the 2009 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, and then stared a 6 game series in 2010. They haven't meet since 2015. Ohio leads 33-20-6.

East Carolina, a friendly rivalry after the 1970 disaster, they were both in the CUSA together, until ECU moved to the American. Have signed a home and home for 2020 and 2021. ECU leads 10-5. Includes the 2001 GMAC Bowl, during which Marshall overcame a 30 point deficit to win in double overtime 64-61.

Traditions: The "We are...Marshall" chant.

Thunder Clap, the Marshall fans clap their hands above their heads, one time for every point scored by Marshall, whilst a male cheerleader presses a female cheerleader above his head.

Head coach: John "Doc" Holliday, the former West Virginia LB. Became a graduate assistant at WVU one season after his college playing career was over. Became Marshall HC in 2010, and has lead them to a 53-37 record, a 4-0 bowl record, and a CUSA title. Was named CUSA coach of the year for 2014.

Notable former players: Randy Moss, WR, 1997 All American, 1997 Fred Biletnikoff Award winner, 1997 MAC offensive player of the year, 4 time first team All Pro.

Chad Pennington, 1999 Sammy Baugh award winner, 1999 William V. Campbell Trophy award winner, MAC offensive player of the year 1999, 18th overall selection 2000 draft.

5 college football Hall of Famers: Mike Barber, Harry "Cy" Young (he who gives his name to the Cy Young award for best pitcher in both the American and National leagues of MLB), Jackie Hunt, Troy Brown and Jim Donnan.

Stadium: Joan C. Edwards Stadium, capacity 38,000, opened 1991, last expanded 2013. One of only two stadiums in the FBS to be named after a female (the other being South Carolina's Williams-Brice Stadium).

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