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2010 Nick’s Picks – MAC Preview & Review (Week #8)


MAC & Team Notes:

  • Three MAC games ended with fantastic finishes, including two games on the final play of the game; Eastern Michigan’s 41-38 win in OT on a 12-yard connection from QB Alex Gillett to TE Ben Thayer and Temple’s 28-27 win over Bowling Green as the Falcons two-point conversion attempt fell incomplete and a game-winner with 17 seconds left in regulation as Miami QB Zac Dysert’s 71-yard scoring strike to WR Andy Cruse gave the RedHawks a 27-20 win at Central Michigan.
  • Five conference home games witnessed crowds of over 20,000 in attendance--Central Michigan (24,761), Temple (23,045), Ohio (21,645), Northern Illinois (21,230) and Toledo (20,048).
  • Eastern Michigan snapped its 18-game losing streak as the Eagles overcame a 21 point deficit on the road and defeated Ball State, 41-38 in overtime.
  • Ohio rushed for 258 yards and rolled up 496 yards of total offense in the victory over Akron.
  • After giving up 21-points and over 200 yards in the first half, Toledo held Kent State to 42 yards of offense in the second half.


Player Notes:

  • Miami quarterback Zac Dysert connected with wide receiver Andy Cruse for a 71-yard scoring play with 17 seconds left in regulation to propel the RedHawks to a 27-20 win at Central Michigan. Miami’s trio of receivers combined for 378 of the 399 passing yards, as sophomore Andy Cruse caught eight passes for 179 yards, the sixth-highest total in school history, and two scores. Freshman Nick Harwell registered a career-best eight receptions for 97 yards and one score, while senior Armond Robinson added nine receptions for 102 yards. Dysert threw for 399 yards, tied for seventh best in school history
  • Ohio QB Boo Jackson was a triple threat in Ohio’s 38-10 win over Akron; Jackson completed 14-of-21 passes for 161 yards, one passing touchdown and two rushing scores (both one-yard runs) and hauled in a 42-yard bomb deep down the middle off the arm of fellow quarterback Phil Bates.
  • Eastern QB Alex Gillett rushed for 189 yards and two scores and completed 10-of-18 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns in a come-from-behind 41-38 overtime win at Ball State; Gillett accounted for 414 yards of total offense, ninth-best in school history.
  • Rocket quarterback Austin Dantin threw for 229 yards on 30-of-47 passing, both
  • career-highs, and one touchdown, while rushing for 72 yards and another score; WR Eric Page had a career-high 14 receptions for 109 yards.
  • NIU rushed for 281 total yards as a team on 50 carries (5.6 avg.) as Chad Spann led the club with 111 yards on 31 carries and two touchdowns; QB Chandler Harnish added 75 yards on the ground and one score while backup signal caller Jorden Lynch added a 90-yard scoring scamper.
  • Bowling Green WR Kamar Jorden led a near-comeback with 12 receptions for 143 yards in a 28-27 loss at Temple; Jorden’s 33-yard grab on fourth down to the Temple four-yard line with 11 seconds left in regulation set up the Falcons touchdown.
  • Western Michigan WR Juan Nunez hauled in 11 receptions for 103 yards in a 44-20 loss at Notre Dame.
  • Temple RB Bernard Pierce rushed for 106 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown in a 28-27 win over Bowling Green.


This Week’s MAC Schedule ~ Saturday, October 23

  • Temple at Buffalo, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3.com)
  • Ohio at Miami, 1:00 pm ET (All MACcess)
  • Kent State at Bowling Green, 3:30 pm ET (BCSN/All MACcess)
  • Western Michigan at Akron, 3:30 pm ET (SportsTime Ohio/Comcast Michigan/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3.com)
  • Central Michigan at Northern Illinois, 4:00 pm ET (Comcast SportsNet Chicago/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3.com)
  • Eastern Michigan at Virginia, 6:00 pm ET (ESPN3.com)
  • Ball State at Toledo, 7:00 pm ET (BCSN/All MACcess)

Nick’s Picks for Week #8

Temple (5-2, 2-1 MAC) at Buffalo (2-4, 1-1 MAC)

Saturday, October 23, 2010 • Noon ET • Buffalo, N.Y. • UB Stadium (29,013)

ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3.com • Announcers: Michael Reghi, Doug Graber

Series: Buffalo leads 12-2


Temple captured its fourth straight home win this season with a 28-27 win over Bowling Green and a school record ninth consecutive win at home...Play two of the next three on the road (at Buffalo, vs. Akron, at Kent State)...Seven of Temple’s 2010 opponents participated in postseason play the previous year. Buffalo ranks tied for 12th in the nation in red zone defense (68%), 11th in pass defense efficiency (103.87 rating) and 20th in third down conversion defense (32.6%)...DB Domonic Cook is tied for fourth

in the nation with nine passes defended and three forced fumbles and tied for 15th with three interceptions.

Nick’s Pick: Temple 21 – Buffalo 16

Comment: The Owls offense is falling back into their old form of non-existence.


Ohio (4-3, 3-1 MAC) at Miami (4-3, 3-0 MAC)

Saturday, October 23, 2010 • 1:00 pm ET • Oxford, Ohio • Yager Stadium (24,286)

All MACcess web streaming via www.mac-sports.com

Series: Miami leads 51-33-2


The Bobcats are ranked 13th in the nation in red zone touchdown percentage (73.9%)...Offensive line is on pace to allow just 12 sacks this season, which is less than half the total (30) the squad allowed in 14 games in 2009...Have outgained the last four straight opponents on the ground. Three Miami receivers combined for 378 of the RedHawks 399 yards passing in last Saturday’s 27-20 win at Central Michigan...Miami ranks 10th in the nation in time of possession (32:54) and rank 11th in the country in red zone defense (68%)...QB Zac Dysert ranks 15th in the nation with 23.0 completions per game.

Nick’s Pick: Ohio 33 – Miami 28

Comment: This should be the MAC game of the week; expect a real back-and-forth game giving the nod to the Bobcats on the road.


Kent State (2-4, 1-2 MAC) at Bowling Green (1-6, 0-3 MAC)

Saturday, October 23, 2010 • 3:30 pm ET • Bowling Green, Ohio • Doyt L. Perry Stadium (24,000) All MACcess web streaming via www.mac-sports.com • BCSN

Series: Bowling Green leads 55-16-6


The Golden Flashes rank third in the nation in rush defense (77.5 ypg) and 19th in the country in total defense (302.8 ypg)...DL Roosevelt Nix leads the nation with five forced fumbles, sixth in the country with 6.5 sacks and tied for eight with 11 tackles for loss...Three of the next four at home (at Bowling Green, home vs. Ball State, Temple and Army. BGSU WR Kamar Jorden ranks third in the nation in receptions per game (8.86), fifth in total receiving yards (697) and seventh in receiving yards per game (99.6 ypg)...LB Dwayne Woods ranks ninth in the country with 81 tackles. Play two of the next three games at home (vs. Kent State, at Central Michigan and vs. Miami).

Nick’s Pick: Kent State 23 – BGSU 21

Comment: History would say the Falcons win; this is Kent State’s last chance at turning 2010 into a shot at a bowl birth, their first since 1972.


Central Michigan (2-5, 1-3 MAC) at Northern Illinois (5-2, 3-0 MAC)

Saturday, October 23, 2010 • 4:00 pm ET • DeKalb, Ill. • Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium (24,000) Comcast SportsNet Chicago/ ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3.com • All MACcess Web Streaming via www.mac-sports.com

Series: Central Michigan leads 24-20-1


Chippewas QB Ryan Radcliff ranks third in the nation in total passing yards (2,032), 11th in passing yards per game (290.3 ypg), and 13th in completions per game (23.4)...WR Cody Wilson ranks tied for 14th with 581 receiving yards...Central Michigan ranks 17th in the nation in passing offense (292.7 ypg). Northern Illinois ranks 11th in the nation in rush offense (242.6) and RB Chad Spann ranks 18th (107.5 ypg)...Huskies also rank seventh in third down conversion on offense (52.13%) and 15th in the nation in time of possession (32:11)...Play two of the next three at home (vs. Central Michigan, at Western Michigan, vs. Toledo).

Nick’s Pick: NIU 38 – Central 17

Comment: The Chips are free falling right now while the Huskies are quickly ascending as the premier MAC west team.




Western Michigan (2-4, 1-1 MAC) at Akron (0-7, 0-3 MAC)

Saturday, October 23, 2010 • 3:30 pm ET • Akron, Ohio • InfoCision Stadium Summa Field (30,000) SportsTime Ohio/Comcast Michigan/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3.com • Announcers: Matt Underwood, Frank Stams

Series: Western Michigan leads 11-4


The Broncos rank 24th in the nation in pass offense (274.7 ypg)...QB Alex Carder ranks seventh in the country in passing completions per game (25.5) and tied for 24th in passing yards per game (261.2 ypg)...DL Paul Hazel ranks 15th in the country with 5.5 sacks...DB Jamail Berry ranks tied for 15th in the nation with three interceptions. Akron RB Alex Allen ranks eighth in the MAC with 417 yards rushing and tied for sixth in scoring with six rushing touchdowns...LB Brian Winters ranks second in the MAC with 74 tackles...DL Shawn Lemon ranks fifth in the MAC with four sacks....Play two of the next three on the road (vs. Western Michigan, at Temple, at Ball State).

Nick’s Pick: Western 40 – Akron 17

Comment: The Broncos should roll against the hapless Zips.


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Ball State (2-5, 1-2 MAC) at Toledo (4-3, 3-0 MAC)

Saturday, October 23, 2010 • 7:00 pm ET • Toledo, Ohio • Glass Bowl (26,248)

All MACcess web streaming via www.mac-sports.com • BCSN

Series: Series tied 17-17-1

Notes: QB Keith Wenning had a career-high three touchdowns on 16 of 29 passing for 145 yards last week vs. Eastern Michigan...RB Eric Williams ranks 24th in the nation in all-purpose running (148.6 ypg)...LB Travis Freeman ranks 24th in the country with 69 tackles...S Sean Baker ranks tied for ninth in the nation with four interceptions. Toledo WR Eric Page ranks ninth in the nation in receptions per game (7.71) and tied for 17th in total receiving yards (580)...LB Archie Donald ranks tied for 18th in the nation with 72 tackles...Toledo ranks second in the MAC with a +5 in turnover differential...Play two of the next three on the road (vs. Ball State, at Eastern Mich., at Northern Illinois).

Nick’s Pick: Toledo 35 – Ball State 16

Comment: Historically the Cards have been a thorn in Toledo’s side through the years but this year’s Ball State team doesn’t seem to have much fight.


Eastern Michigan (1-6, 1-3 MAC) at Virginia (2-4, 0-3 ACC)

Saturday, October 23, 2010 • 6:00 pm ET • Charlottesville, Va. • Scott Stadium (61,500)


Series: First Meeting


Eastern snapped 18 game losing streak with 41-38 (OT) win at Ball State last week...QB Alex Gillett set school records for rushes (35) and net rushing yards (189) in a single-game...Play three of the next four games on the road (at Virginia, vs. Toledo, at Western Michigan, at Buffalo). The Cavs suffered a 44-10 loss to North Carolina last week...QB Marc Verica threw for 139 yards against the Tar Heels and moved into 10 th place all-time passing at Virginia...RB Keith Payne scored his eighth rushing touchdown of the season against the Tar Heels, eclipsing Jameel Sewell’s team-high of seven touchdowns in 2009.

Nick’s Pick: Virginia 34 – Eastern 7

Comment: The Eagles got their win last week while UVa will have a much needed breather this week after getting hammered by NC last week.


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Nick’s Picks went 5-2 last week and now stand 52- 16 YTD


Nick’s Pick: Central 30 – Miami 24

Actual Score: Miami 27 – Central 20

Comment: We reminded you that this game was a terrific rivalry game in the 1970s and 80s, with a dramatic come-from-behind win for the RedHawks, perhaps this rivalry is on its way back.


Nick’s Pick: Temple 41 – BGSU 21

Actual Score: Temple 28 – BGSU 27

Comment: The Falcons come back fell just short as Temple continues to struggle in third down conversions going just one for nine in this contest.


Nick’s Pick: Ball State 28 – Eastern 27

Actual Score: Eastern 41 – Ball State 38 OT

Comment: We said this was Eastern’s last shot at a victory this season and they responded. Ball State could be in for a much needed coaching change after blowing a 21-0 lead.


Nick’s Pick: Ohio 34 – Akron 16

Actual Score: Ohio 38 – Akron 10

Comment: The Bobcats dominated a bad team.


Nick’s Pick: Notre Dame 37 – Western 24

Actual Score: Notre Dame 44 – Western 20

Comment: The Broncos put up a fight in the first half.


Nick’s Pick: NIU 24 – Buffalo 17

Actual Score: NIU 45 – Buffalo 14

Comment: A 21-14 halftime lead turned into a blow out win for the MAC best team to date.


Nick’s Pick: Toledo 23 – Kent State 20

Actual Score: Toledo 34 – Kent State 21

Comment: Trailing 21-7 at the half, Toledo dominated the final 30-minutes for their first home win of the season.




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