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2010 Nick’s Picks – MAC Preview & Review (Week #6)


MAC & Team Notes:

  • Seven of eight games this Saturday will be televised. Six of the broadcasts will originate on the ESPN family of networks and the Akron at Kent State contest will be on SportsTime Ohio.
  • Road teams accounted for five of the six MAC wins on Saturday, including four road teams with victories in conference play as Ball State, Buffalo, Northern Illinois and Ohio all picked up road wins. Also, Temple earned an impressive 42-35 win at Michie Stadium against Army.
  • Four more conference games highlight the schedule, including a key matchup as Temple (4-1, 1-0) travels to Northern Illinois (3-2, 1-0) Saturday at Noon ET and the game will be televised as one of the MAC syndicated games of the week. Both Temple and Northern Illinois were selected in the pre-season media poll to win the MAC East and West Divisions respectfully.
  • Temple improved to 4-1 on the year with a 42-35 win at Army as sophomore running back Matt Brown rushed for a career-high 226 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries. The Owls used a 29 point comeback to see a 28-13 third quarter deficit turn around to a 42-28 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
  • Northern Illinois used a 20 point burst at the end of the first half en route to a 50-14 win at Akron. The Huskies improved to 3-2 on the year, 1-0 in the MAC, and were led by quarterback Chandler Harnish as he was 16-of-20 passing for 281 yards and three touchdowns. Northern Illinois scored on nine straight possessions to open the game and rushed for 228 yards in the victory.
  • Buffalo used a strong defensive effort that forced five turnovers and held the Falcons to only 176 yards of offense and withstood a Bowling Green comeback bid to hold on for a 28-26 road win. Bowling Green kicker Bryan Wright missed wide right on a 40-yard field goal attempt on the final play of regulation to withstand the Falcon comeback attempt.
  • Ohio University earned its 500 th victory in program history, improving to 500-519-48 overall, with a 30-17 win at Eastern Michigan. The Bobcats improved to 2-3 on the year, 1-1 in the MAC, while the Eagles dropped to 0-5 on the year, 0-3 in conference play. The win was also the Bobcats sixth consecutive road win in conference play, dating back to the 2008 season.
  • Ball State used a balanced rushing attack that accounted for 306 yards and big scoring plays to win a 31-17 conference game at Central Michigan. Ball State used an 80-yard touchdown run from running back David Brown and a 21-yard touchdown connection from quarterback Keith Wenning to back Eric Williams to open a 28-3 lead in their upset win at Central.
  • Miami scored 17 fourth quarter points en route to a 27-21 win over Kent State, as the RedHawks improved to 3-2 on the year, and 2-0 in the MAC for the first time since 2007. Kent State fell to 1-3, 0-1 in conference play.
  • Kent State continues to lead the nation in run defense as the Golden Flashes held Miami to only 52 yards rushing in a 27-21 loss in Oxford, Ohio. After four games, the Golden Flashes currently lead the nation in rush defense by allowing 59.0 yards per game on the ground.
  • Toledo snapped a three game winning streak with a 20-15 loss to Wyoming as the Rockets fell to 3-2 on the year, 2-0 in conference action. Costly mistakes and an ineffective offense early allowed the Rockets to fall behind, 20-0 by the third quarter. Redshirt freshman quarterback Terrance Owens made his collegiate debut in the fourth quarter and provided a spark to the offense as he was 6-of-15 passing for 108 yards.
  • The Broncos fell to Idaho, 33-13, and dropped to 1-3 on the year, 0-1 in the MAC. Idaho jumped to a 17-3 lead and quarterback Alex Carder connected with receiver Ansel Ponder on a seven-yard score to cut the lead, 17-10 at the half. Western Michigan opened the third with a field goal and another missed opportunity in the end zone. Idaho responded with the next three scores to secure a 33-13 win.


Player Notes:

  • Buffalo quarterback Jerry Davis threw for 241 yards and three touchdowns in the Bulls win over Bowling Green.
  • Temple ’s Sophomore running back Matt Brown had a career-high 226 yards on 28 carries and four touchdowns in a 42-35 win at Army. The game marked his first 200-yard game of his career and his fourth 100-yard game. Brown had two TDs and 108 yards on seven carries in the first quarter alone.
  • NIU’s Chandler Harnish completed 16-of-20 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters of action while leading the Huskies to a 50-14 victory at Akron. Harnish tied his career high for touchdown passes in a game with throws of seven, 16 and 58 yards. Harnish led the Northern Illinois offense to score in nine straight possessions.
  • Ohio RB Vince Davidson accounted for three touchdowns; two rushing and a 61-yard scoring reception, in a 30-17 win at Eastern Michigan.
  • Miami QB Zac Dysert had a QB rating of 128.25 on 31-of-46 passing for 294 yards and one score in a 27-21 win over Kent State.
  • Toledo RB Adonis Thomas rushed for 94 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown in a 20-15 loss vs. Wyoming.
  • Buffalo WR Terrell Jackson had the game-winning nine-yard touchdown grab and collected seven receptions for 90 yards in a 28-26 win at Bowling Green.
  • EMU running back Dwayne Priest added 19 carries for 117 yards and quarterback Alex Gillett was 15-of-30 for 208 yards and one touchdown.
  • Ball State true freshman QB Keith Wenning was 12-of-18 passing for 130 yards and two touchdowns while as Cory Sykes rushed for 92 yards and Eric Williams 77 yards on the ground. Defensively, Robert Eddins collected a career-high 4.5 sacks in the contest.
  • Central quarterback Ryan Radcliff ‘s threw for 295 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

This Week’s MAC Schedule ~ Saturday, October 9

Temple at Northern Illinois, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3.com)

Western Michigan at Ball State, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3.com)

Central Michigan at Virginia Tech, Noon ET (ESPNU)

Bowling Green at Ohio, 2:00 pm ET (All MACcess)

Akron at Kent State, 3:30 pm ET (SportsTime Ohio/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3.com)

Miami at Cincinnati, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3.com)

Eastern Michigan at Vanderbilt, 7:00 pm ET (ESPNU)

Toledo at Boise State, 8:00 pm ET (WAC TV/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3.com)

--Bye Week: Buffalo


Nick’s Picks for Week #6


Temple (4-1, 1-0 MAC) at Northern Illinois (3-2, 1-0 MAC)

Saturday, October 9, 2010 • Noon ET • DeKalb, Ill. • Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium (24,000) ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan • Announcers: Michael Reghi, Doug Graber

Series: Northern Illinois leads 2-1


Seven of Temple’s 2010 opponents participated in postseason play the previous year...RB Matt Brown’s four touchdowns at Army last week tied a Michie Stadium record first set by Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh in 1975...WR Michael Campbell’s two receiving TDs at Army was a career-high and LB Elijah Joseph’s 12 tackles were also a career best. For NIU five starters -- RB Chad Spann, OG Joe Pawlak, TE Jason Schepler, DE Jake Coffman and DE Sean Progar -- and 11 players on NIU’s current depth chart originally came to NIU as walk-ons...NIU ranks first in the MAC in rush offense and 12th in the nation (241.6 ypg)....RB Chad Spann ranks 19th in the nation in rushing (108.4 ypg).

Nick’s Pick: NIU 21 – Temple 20

Comment: Quite possibly a preview of the MAC title game this December in Detroit.



Western Michigan (1-3, 0-1 MAC) at Ball State (2-3, 1-0 MAC)

Saturday, October 9, 2010 • Noon ET • Muncie, Ind. • Scheumann Stadium (22,500)

ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan

Series: Western Michigan leads 19-17


Western begins a three game road stint (at Ball State, Notre Dame, Akron)...WMU (275.0 ypg) ranks 25th in the nation in pass offense...DL Paul Hazel ranks tied for 13th in the country with 4.0 sacks and Dex Jones ranks tied for 19th with 6.5 tackles for loss...WR Jordan White ranks fifth in the nation in receiving yards per game (109.8). Ball State S Sean Baker ranks tied for 14th in the nation with three interceptions... Ball State rushed for 306 yards last week in their 31-17 win at Central Michigan...Freshman quarterback Keith Wenning has started the last three games...Cardinals rank tied for 15th in the nation with a +4 turnover ratio.

Nick’s Pick: Ball State 28 – Western 21

Comment: One week ago this would have been a no-brainer to pick Western but boy what a difference a week makes. The Cardinals have found their QB of the present and future in Keith Wenning.



Central Michigan (3-2, 1-2 MAC) at Virginia Tech (3-2, 2-0 ACC)

Saturday, October 9, 2010 • Noon ET • Blacksburg, Va. • Lane Stadium (65,115)


Series: First Meeting


Central Michigan ranks 19th in the nation in pass offense (290.8 ypg) and tied for sixth in the country in red zone defense (63%)...WR Cody Wilson ranks seventh in the nation in total receiving yards (460) and QB Ryan Radcliff ranks sixth in the country in total passing yards (1,437). Last week VT defeated #23 North Carolina State on the road with a 41-30 win...Now have won three straight...Sophomore DB Jayron Hosley was named ACC Defensive Player of the Week after his three interceptions in the win at N.C. State...The win last week over N.C. State marked the largest ever deficit (17 points) under Frank Beamer.

Nick’s Pick: V-Tech 35 – Central 16

Comment: After the Hokies lost to James Madison last month don’t expect them to take the Chips lightly.




Bowling Green (1-4, 0-1 MAC) at Ohio (2-3, 1-1 MAC)

Saturday, October 9, 2010 • 2:00 pm ET • Athens, Ohio • Peden Stadium (24,000)

All MACcess Web Streaming via www.mac-sports.com

Series: Bowling Green leads 36-23-2


BG’s defense forced six turnovers last week vs. Buffalo...Falcons have already returned three interceptions for touchdowns this season...LB Dwayne Woods totaled a career-high 20 tackles vs. Buffalo..WR Kamar Jorden ranks 13th in the nation in total receiving yards (425) and RB Tyrone Pronty ranks 20th in all-purpose yardage (156.2 ypg). Ohio’s win over the Eagles last week marked the 500th in program history and was the sixth consecutive road conference win dating back to 2008...RB Vince Davidson accounted for a career-high three touchdowns in the 30-17 win at Eastern Michigan...The win was the 34th for Frank Solich at the helm of Ohio University, tied for fourth all-time

Nick’s Pick: Ohio 22 – BGSU 17

Comment: Maybe the toughest game to pick this week; OU playing at home and with more at stake seems to be the logical choice as the Falcons season is quickly crumbling.



Akron (0-5, 0-1 MAC) at Kent State (1-3, 0-1 MAC)

Saturday, October 9, 2010 • 3:30 pm ET • Kent, Ohio • Dix Stadium (25,000)

SportsTime Ohio • Announcers: Matt Underwood, Frank Stams

Series: Akron leads 30-20-2


Akron plays four of the next five games on the road...Six of Akron’s 10 touchdowns this season have come on the ground, and five of those are courtesy of RB Alex Allen...Freshman S Anthony Holmes made his first college start last week vs. Northern Illinois and responded with nine tackles. This is Kent’s first home game since the season opener, Sept. 2 (36 days)...Kent State has held an opponent under 100 yards rushing in three of four games this year and ranks first in the country in rush defense (59.0 ypg)...Freshman DL Roosevelt Nix recorded a sack, forced a fumble and added three tackles for loss last week at Miami.

Nick’s Pick: Kent State 24 – Akron 10

Comment: Kent State is the better team but the Zips have won 11 of the last 13 in this local rivalry.



Miami (3-2, 2-0 MAC) at Cincinnati (1-3, 0-0 Big East)

Saturday, October 9, 2010 • 7:00 pm ET • Cincinnati, Ohio • Nippert Stadium (35,000)


Series: Bowling Green leads 59-48-7


Miami is off to a 2-0 start in MAC play for the first time since 2007...Miami ranks 11th in the nation in time of possession (33:27), 24th in run defense (106.8 ypg) and tied for 11th in red zone defense (65%)...WR Armond Robinson ranks 17th in the nation in total receiving yards (410). Coming off a bye week...Will play three of the next four games

at home at Nippert Stadium...UC’s last outing was a 31-29 loss to No. 8/9 Oklahoma on Sept. 25...Crowd of 58,253 turned out for the Bearcats game against the Sooners--the second largest in school history...QB Zach Collaros had his second consecutive 300-yard passing outing.

Nick’s Pick: Cincy 33 – Miami (O) 24

Comment: Miami is getting very good very quickly under coach Mike Haywood so don’t be surprised if there is an upset here. While Cincy does have more talent and has beaten up the RedHawks over the past few seasons, Miami historically gets the better of the Bearcats.


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Eastern Michigan (0-5, 0-3 MAC) at Vanderbilt (1-3, 1-1 SEC)

Saturday, October 9, 2010 • 7:00 pm ET • Nashville, Tenn. • Vanderbilt Stadium (41,600)


Series: Vanderbilt leads 1-0


Last week in 30-17 loss to Ohio, RB Dwayne Priest rushed for 117 yards on 19 carries...In the loss to Ohio, Eagles had three scoring drives of eight, nine and 14 plays...QB Alex Gillett was 15-of-30 passing for 208 yards and 1 TD against the Bobcats...LB Tim Fort ranks tied for 17th in the nation with 52 tackles. Last week Vandy suffered a 40-21 loss at UConn...Vanderbilt is 9-3 all time against current MAC members...In the loss to UConn, Vanderbilt had a 21-14 lead, however UConn scored 26 unanswered points...QB Larry Smith compiled 221 yards of total offense, passing for 157 yards and rushing for 64 yards, at UConn.

Nick’s Pick: Vandy 31 – Eastern 13

Comment: Vandy will get back on the winning track as Eastern continues to look for their first win under Ron English (0-17, 2 nd year).



Toledo (3-2, 2-0 MAC) at Boise State (4-0, 1-0 WAC)

Saturday, October 9, 2010 • 8:00 pm ET • Boise, Ida. • Bronco Stadium (32,000)

ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3.com

Series: First Meeting


Toledo had their three-game winning streak snapped last week with a 20-15 loss to Wyoming despite outgaining Wyoming in total yards, 374 to 266...Redshirt freshman QB Terrance Owens made his college debut in the fourth quarter and completed 6-of-15 passing for 108 yards and led two scoring drives. Boise opened WAC play with a 59-0 win over New Mexico State last weekend...In the win QB Kellen Moore was 13-of-18 passing for 196 yards and three touchdowns...In a stretch of playing three of the next

four games at Bronco Stadium.

Nick’s Pick: Boise State 42 – Toledo 10

Comment: Boise State is the real deal, hopefully Toledo can keep it close on the blue carpet, if not and they make the same mistakes they did against Wyoming, this gets really ugly really quick.


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Nick’s Picks had a rough Week #5 going 4-4 and now stand 40- 13 YTD


Nick’s Pick: Ohio 23 – Eastern 17

Actual Score: Ohio 30 – Eastern 17

Comment: Pretty much the way we called it.


Nick’s Pick: Temple 21 – Army 17

Actual Score: Temple 42 – Army 35

Comment: We expected a dog fight and it was one; did not expect the high scoring affair though.


Nick’s Pick: Miami 20 – Kent State 16

Actual Score: Miami 27 – Kent State 21

Comment: We called it and Miami delivered, the RedHawks have owned KSU through the decades.


Nick’s Pick: Western 38 – Idaho 34

Actual Score: Idaho 33 – Western 13

Comment: Not surprised that Idaho won, they are a good team, but we are stunned that Western was crushed at home and could muster 13 points.


Nick’s Pick: Central 34 – Ball State 17

Actual Score: Ball State 31 – Central 17

Comment: Exactly opposite of how we predicted this game, kudos to the Cardinals for pulling a very big upset on the road.


Nick’s Pick: BGSU 27 – Buffalo 23

Actual Score: Buffalo 28 – BGSU 26

Comment: The game was very close as expected, BG missed a FG as time expired that would have won it 29-28.


Nick’s Pick: NIU 28 – Akron 20

Actual Score: NIU 50 – Akron 14

Comment: The Zips are very bad, quite possibly #120 out of #120 in FBS.


Nick’s Pick: Toledo 30 – Wyoming 24

Actual Score: Wyoming 20 – Toledo 15

Comment: The Rockets dominated this game statistically and should have won it, penalties and several dropped passes in the 4 th period stymied their come-from-behind victory attempt.




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