Could more neutral site games be in future of MAC/Big Ten relationship?
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We've talked a lot about the term "MACtion" this week and rightfully so, you know... since we're previewing the conference and all, but there's another term, one that the MAC would like us to forget and that's MACrifice. It's a term that refers to it's football teams and their symbiotic relationship to the big boys of the Midwest - the Big Ten. However, the future between these linked conferences could be changing in a big way.
These two conferences have been linked together for about as long as they've both existed and it only makes sense with the footprints of the two conferences pretty much overlapping throughout their histories. It helps in travel costs, bringing fans along and allowing Big Ten fans to be at least minimally aware of said opponent.
However, the relationship is often one of the smaller MAC school having to trek it to the "big brothers" of the Big Ten and thusly taking a beating. Hence why they call it MACrifice.
The Big Ten's 301-49-4 all-time record against the MAC pretty much sums up why those in Big Ten country have coined that term.