Addazio: MAC doesn't get enough respect

Bernard Pierce ran for a program-record five touchdowns in a 31-point victory at Maryland. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Steve Addazio won two national championships as an assistant coach at the University of Florida.

He also had assistant coaching stints at Notre Dame, Indiana and Syracuse. 

As a result, he has faced plenty of Bowl Championship Series competition in the Southeastern, Big Ten and Big East conferences.

One would assume that coaching in the non-BCS Mid-American Conference doesn't compare. 

"But you know the MAC doesn't get enough respect," Addazio said. "There's a lot of good football teams. I would stack a lot of these football teams up against ... a fair amount of BCS conference teams, now. Don't kid yourself.

"There's good football, and tough football. You got to be ready to play."

His comments came two weeks after Temple destroyed Maryland, 38-7. A member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Terrapins are a BCS team.

Temple (3-2, 1-1 MAC) travels to Ball State on Saturday for a conference tilt. The Cardinals (3-2, 1-0) beat Indiana, 27-20, back on Sept. 3.