What would a November weeknight be anymore without Mid American Conference football games on ESPN? And Wednesday we were treated to two no less-- Ohio at Bowling Green and Western Michigan at Miami. They all have one thing in common-- empty stands. When's the last time a legitimate sellout crowd attended a MAC home game? I can't imagine such a thing.
Little do the locals at these schools care very much. No one and I mean virtually no one attends these games. CMU hosts Toledo Friday night to end the season. If it's cold and windy, with the game on TV for the few who do care, the stands will be mighty lonely-- good place to study for an exam for students seeking quiet time.
Seriously -- how do these schools pay for division one football programs? The only way is to get crushed in road games early against big time opponents who are willing to pay the bill. The demand for MAC football is minimal and embarrassing to place these games in November on ESPN. I hope they're getting paid decent money because it sure doesn't showcase events in demand for prospective recruits to say "I want to be a part of that."