There are a couple of indicators that the college football season is getting serious. Many people believe the release of the first College Football Playoff rankings is the moment fall truly begins, and the Alabamas and the Ohio States of the world start to separate themselves from the pack. Those people have the right time of year, but they have the wrong indicating factor.
Real college football fans know that the return of midweek MACtion is the true tell that the FBS is getting serious.
This week features MACtion of the highest level. There are no fewer than three MAC contests spread over Tuesday and Wednesday. That means, thanks to Western Michigan at Ball State, Bowling Green at Northern Illinois, and Toledo at Akron, you can now watch football (if we include the NFL) every. single. night. of the week.
The first spectacular play of the week came in the very first game, as Corey Davis of Western Michigan caught a sensational touchdown pass against Ball State. Davis was able to sky over his defender in the corner of the end zone, pretty much landing on the cornerback before tumbling to the ground. It was an outstanding catch, a pretty impressive throw, and an immediate showcase to the nation as to why the Broncos are No. 23 in the country as the highest-ranked Group of 5 conference team. The significance there being that the highest-ranked Group of 5 school gets an invite to a new Year's Six Bowl Game.
What did not need to be showcased to the nation, however, was the Western Michigan uniforms. Whoever told the kit design team that gold/brown/strange shoulder squiggles was a good look is, quite frankly, lying. If Western Michigan can stay ahead of the likes of Boise State though we could be seeing more of these unis later in the year.