Alex Alvarado of the incomparable Hustle Belt was nice enough to sit down with me and answer a few questions about this Saturday's game against Eastern Michigan. Give him a follow: @ARAlvarado13 as well as @HustleBelt for all of your #MACtion needs. I'll be answering some of his questions here (to be updated).
Q: Between the gray field, the re-naming of the stadium, and the much-talked about wall shenanigans, it does seem like Eastern is at least generating some buzz. How's the re-branding of the Eastern Michigan program coming along?
Alex Alvarado: JESUS CHRIST WE GET IT, WE WERE ON NOT TOP TEN PLAYS WITH A WALL AND A SLEDGEHAMMER AND EASTERN MICHIGAN SAME OLD LIONS BLAH BLAH BLAH NEVER HEARD THAT ONE BEFORE, but most importantly, the on-field performance has been extremely underwhelming. I'm not saying that we should be 4-0 after this weekend and are settling for less, but... wait, the "same old Lions" part actually makes for a good analogy. Yeah, let's just go with that.
(In all seriousness, the gray field isn't that bad looking, but I root for a bad football program so my opinions are unimportant)
Q: Three different quarterbacks (Reggie Bell, Brogan Roback, and Rob Bolden) have seen significant time thus far. Who should we expect to see this week?
AA: I honestly have no idea what to expect from this. Here, let's play a game. Grab four six-sided dice and roll them. Let's take the sum of the face-up numbers and use those to determine who starts this week. If we get a prime number, it's Bolden. An even number not divisible by six gives us Roback and 24 will give us Bell. If we roll something that isn't one of those numbers, then we get a redo. Best five out of nine gets the starting job this weekend.
Q: Last year's defense seemed to be a huge weakness both on the ground and in the air. Were there some strides made last week against Old Dominion on the road?
AA: I won't go as far and say that "strides" were made, but I'll tone it down and say that there was some progress. I don't care that we played Old Dominion, only one touchdown scored against the defense (the other came from a special teams mishap) is always a good sign. Then again, ODU is a pass-heavy team and it was raining pretty hard at Norfolk at the time, so there's that.
Q: What's your prediction for the game Saturday?
AA: If we can make Jeff Driskel can look good...
Bad guys win 38-9