“Nevermind the fact that Saturday’s primetime matchup will feature the AP Top 25’s #8 vs. #10 teams in a game that may very well determine the winner of the Big XII Conference title… Let’s instead go up to Western Michigan this weekend and watch the 2-8 Buffalo Bulls play. Sure they lost to Miami of Ohio, Albany, Nevada and five other less than stellar teams, but hey, who doesn’t love a little Mid-American Conference action in mid-November? After all, ESPN’s Football Power Index is giving the Bulls a whole 1.0% chance of winning this game,” thought somebody at ESPN earlier this week.
We get it, #21 Western Michigan (10-0) is one of only two unbeaten teams left in the nation and that’s really commendable, but let’s get honest, these wins have come against teams such as Georgia Southern, North Carolina Central University (I literally had never even heard of this place until I began writing this article), Akron and Eastern Michigan.
Our opinion is this — if Western Michigan wants the pomp and circumstance that accompanies GameDay, perhaps they should have attempted to schedule games where they didn’t have a 99% chance of winning. ESPN GameDay bypassing Morgantown for the Western Michigan — Buffalo game is a complete slap in the face to a half-dozen far more deserving teams and is just another example of our snowflake generation’s “everyone deserves a trophy” mentality.
In the end, however, WVU fans should probably be grateful to whatever lunatic thought Western Michigan deserved to have the big stage on their campus — we haven’t necessarily fared so well when Herbstreit and the boys have come to town.
Though we can probably bet that you won’t be paying much attention to the Western Michigan vs. Buffalo matchup, one game you do need to keep your eyes open for is the Oklahoma State – TCU noon game. The Mounties need the Horned Frogs or the Sooners to trip up the Cowboys before the season’s end… Perhaps we shouldn’t put too big of a whooping on Oklahoma this weekend so they can be healthy to play their in-state rival and deliver the championship to us… Perhaps… but we must first get past #BoomerSooner this week. The game will take place in Morgantown and GameDay won’t be there… they’ll be at Western Michigan.
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