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Nick's 2007 MAC Football Picks - Week #5 Recap



Central Michigan vs. Northern Illinois

Nick’s Pick: NIU 37 – Central Michigan 35

Actual Score: Central Michigan 35 – NIU 10

Line: Central by 2


  • NIU put up 522 yards of total offense while Central had just 381 but six turnovers, including two inside the 1-yard line going in for a potential TD, undid the Huskies
  • For NIU, Justin Anderson had 157-yards rushing; Matt Simon had nine catches for 205 yards while QB Dan Nicholson passed for 293
  • For Central - Antonio Brown took a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and caught seven passes for 74 yards, while Justin Hoskins rushed for 93 yards on 14 carries

Temple @ Army

Nick’s Pick: Temple 21 – Army 20

Actual Score: Army 37 – Temple 21

Line: Army by 6


  • Temple dominated the game statistically but Army had the big plays; Army scored on a 88-yard kickoff return; a defensive fumble recovery in the end zone and a 85-yard punt return
  • Temple had 25 first downs to 14 for the Black Knights
  • Temple passed for 359 yards but had five turnovers and were penalized 11 times for 89 yards

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Akron @ UConn

Nick’s Pick: UConn 28 – Akron 13

Actual Score: UConn 44 – Akron 10

Line: UConn by 12


  • Akron led 10-9 late in the first half before UConn’s Tyvon Branch returned the kickoff 97-yards to give the Huskies a 16-10 lead at the half; Akron never recovered
  • The Huskies dominated the second half outscoring Akron 28-0 and produced 465 yards of total offense to 251 for the Zips
  • Akron ’s Jabari Arthur had 8 catches for 81 yards and the lone Zip TD

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Buffalo @ Ball State

Nick’s Pick: Ball State 45 – Buffalo 26

Actual Score: Ball State 49 – Buffalo 14

Line: Ball State by 16.5


  • Ball State jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and used a balanced offense to cruise to a victory; the Cardinals scored their first two touchdowns less than five minutes into the game
  • True freshman running back Frank Edmonds from Cleveland’s Lakewood St. Edward HS made his first career start and rushed for 124 yards while Nate Davis was very efficient passing for 233 yards with 3 TDs and no INTs
  • BSU rushed for 274 yards and had 507 yards of total offense to just 219 for UB; the Bulls were flagged 11 times for 108 yards



Kent State @ Ohio

Nick’s Pick: Ohio 24 – Kent State 21

Actual Score: Kent State 33 – Ohio 25

Line: Ohio by 1


  • Eugene Jarvis rushed for 230 yards on 30 carries and scored twice to lead Kent State past Ohio; Jarvis scored on runs of 42 and 35 yards for the Golden Flashes who totaled 402 yards of offense
  • Jarvis now has 999 yards rushing on the year on 155 carries, an average of 6.4 yards a carry and 200 per game; Nate Reed kicked field goals of 27, 26, 20 and 38 yards for Kent State
  • Kalvin McRae led Ohio with 74 yards rushing and a touchdown while KSU had 25 first downs to 16 for OU

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Miami vs. Syracuse

Nick’s Pick: Syracuse 30 – Miami 17

Actual Score: Miami 17 – Syracuse 14

Line: Syracuse by 4


  • Miami’s Cory Jones scored his first two career touchdowns as the RedHawks snapped a seven-game home losing streak with a win over Syracuse; Jones carried 12 times for 125 yards to lead
  • Syracuse , coming off a 38-35 road upset of then-No. 18 Louisville, had won 14 consecutive games against the MAC dating back to a 22-7 loss to Bowling Green in 1976; the Orange were 3-0 lifetime against the RedHawks
  • The RedHawks took advantage of two Orangemen mistakes to open a 14-0 first-half lead; Miami's Craig Mester recovered a fumble at the Syracuse 40 early in the second quarter and on the next play, Mike Kokal hit Dustin Woods with a 39-yard pass, setting up Jones' 1-yard plunge

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Eastern Michigan @ Vanderbilt

Nick’s Pick: Vandy 33 – Eastern Michigan 16

Actual Score: Vandy 30 – Eastern Michigan 7

Line: Vandy by 20


  • Vandy’s Earl Bennett caught nine passes for 93 yards and a touchdown to lead Vanderbilt; Vanderbilt forced a season-high five turnovers and need three victories in their final eight games to qualify for their first bowl appearance since 1982
  • The Eagles managed just 173 total offensive yards and didn't cross midfield until halfway through the third quarter
  • Eastern’s Andy Schmitt was 13-for-24 with 111 yards passing and threw four interceptions, including one that was returned touchdown to blow the game open at 27-7

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Bowling Green vs. Western Kentucky

Nick’s Pick: BGSU 42 – Western Kentucky 23

Actual Score: BGSU 41 – WKU 21

Line: NL


  • BG held a 41-7 into the 4 th quarter and cruised to the 21-point victory; Tyler Sheehan passed for 270 yards and was accountable for four of the five Falcon TDs
  • BG’s P.J. Mahone intercepted two passes but in the end Western Kentucky rushed for 311 yards
  • Each team had ten penalties for over 90-yards each

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Western Michigan @ Toledo

Nick’s Pick: Western Michigan 35 – Toledo 27

Actual Score: Western Michigan 42 – Toledo 28

Line: Western by 1.5


  • Western had 30 first downs to just 16 for Toledo and rushed for 261 yards as they dominated UT in the trenches; the Broncos has 490 yards of total offense to 382 for Toledo
  • Mark Bonds and Brandon West each topped the 100-yard rushing mark for WMU as they won in the Glass Bowl for the first time since 1988; Western held the ball for over 37 minutes while Toledo had it just over 22-minutes
  • The Rockets continue to embarrass themselves with penalties, committing ten for 122 yards and lost their top two QBs to injuries during the contest

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Ranking the MAC Teams after Week #5


1. Ball State - Taking no prisoners now, this team is rolling

2. BGSU - Primed to upset Boston College this weekend

3. Kent State - Loss to Akron was a fluke, this is a solid team

4. Ohio - Needs to find a win quick before the season begins to spiral

5. Central Michigan - Big plays made Central look like a defending MAC champ

6. Akron - Offensive woes were apparent at UConn, defense wore down

7. Western Michigan - Nice time to have Toledo on their schedule to build confidence

8. Miami - Nice win over the Orange, RB #3 looked pretty good

9. Buffalo - Blown out by the MAC’s best this weekend; will

10. Eastern Michigan - Defense is decent, still needs more production from the offense

11. NIU - Self destructing all season, when will it end?

12. Toledo - Program is a mess right now & the penalties are out of control

13. Temple - Out-gained Army but big plays on special teams killed the Owls


by Nick Gerogosian

published 09.30.2007


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