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2010 Nick’s Picks – MAC Preview & Review (Week #9)

 

MAC & Team Notes:

  • After eight weeks both Northern Illinois (6-2, 4-0) and Temple (6-2, 3-1) are bowl eligible. Northern Illinois will make its third consecutive bowl appearance and fourth in the last five years. Temple is bowl eligible for the second consecutive year and only the fifth time in school history.

  • Northern Illinois (6-2, 4-0) and Toledo (5-3, 4-0) remain unbeaten in conference play and are tied for first in the West Division.

  • Ohio (5-3, 4-1) defeated Miami last Saturday, 34-13, to take the lead in the East Division and hand Miami their first conference loss this season. Both Temple (6-2, 3-1) and Miami (4-4, 3-1) trail the Bobcats in the East Division standings.

  • Four MAC games will be televised this Saturday, Oct. 30; MAC road teams went 4-2 last week in conference games

  • Ohio rushed for five touchdowns and forced six turnovers to win their fourth consecutive game in a 34-13 win at Miami

  • Northern Illinois rattled off 30 unanswered points to win their fifth consecutive game and became bowl eligible with a 33-7 win over Central Michigan. The Huskies used a balanced running game with 282 net yards of rushing offense and controlled the clock, 36:04 time of possession, en route to the program’s best start since 2003.

  • Temple used its two-headed rushing attack of sophomores Bernard Pierce and Matt Brown as the Owls became bowl eligible for the second consecutive year with a 42-0 win at Buffalo; Temple improved to 6-2 on the year; Pierce rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns, while Brown added 109 yards rushing as the tandem became the first pair of Temple running back to rush for over 100 yards in the same game since 1997

  • Toledo rattled off 31 consecutive points to turn a 17-0 early deficit into a 31-17 lead in the fourth and held on for a 31-24 win over Ball State

  • Kent State will retire Joshua Cribbs number ‘9’ at a halftime ceremony this Sat., Oct. 30 vs. Ball State as he will become only the fourth Kent State player to have his number retired. Cribbs has emerged as a special player in the NFL, a two-time Pro Bowler with the Cleveland Browns

  • Kent State’s heralded defense held the Falcons to minus 10 yards rushing and no offensive touchdowns in a 30-6 win at Bowling Green

  • Western Michigan rolled to 519 net yards of offense as quarterback Alex Carder was

  • 17-of-24 passing for 372 yards and five touchdowns in crushing Akron

  • Eastern Michigan rushed for 290 yards on the ground, however, it wasn’t enough as the Eagles lost, 48-21 at Virginia

 

 

Player Notes:

  • Kent State’s Tyshon Goode hauled in a career-high 12 catches for a season-high 158 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-6 win at Bowling Green

  • Western’s Juan Nunez ( Miami, Fla.) collected six receptions for a career high 192 yards and three touchdowns. The yardage total is the fifth most in a single-game in Western Michigan history and his three touchdowns are tied with five other Broncos for the second most in a game in program history; Nunez’s three scores all came in the first half for 36, 59 and 34 yards, respectively

  • Miami WR Nick Harwell collected a career-high 11 receptions for a school record 219 yards receiving in a 34-13 loss vs. Ohio.

  • Toledo RB Adonis Thomas rushed for 130 yards and one touchdown in the Rockets 31-24 win over Ball State.

  • Temple WR Rod Streater made the most of his two receptions for 47 yards and turned both catches into touchdowns in a 42-0 win at Buffalo. Streater scored on 42 and five yard receptions.

  • Eastern Michigan RB Javonti Greene rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns on only eight carries in a 48-21 loss at Virginia. Greene became the first player in school history to have two rushing scores of over 50 yards (55, 53 yard scores).

  • Northern Illinois RB Chad Spann rushed for 101 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-7 win over Central Michigan; Spann has scored a rushing touchdown in seven straight games.

  • Ohio QB Boo Jackson was 10-of-19 passing for 149 yards in a 34-13 win at Miami. Jackson also rushed for 31 yards and two rushing touchdowns in the road victory.

 

 

This Week’s MAC Schedule ~ Saturday, October 30

  • *Northern Illinois at Western Michigan, Noon ET; (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3.com)

  • * Akron at Temple, 1:00 pm ET (All MACcess)

  • Louisiana-Lafayette at Ohio, 2:00 pm ET (All MACcess)

  • * Ball State at Kent State, 3:30 pm ET; (WJW FOX 8 Cleveland/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3.com)

  • * Bowling Green at Central Michigan, 3:30 pm ET; (All MACcess)

  • * Miami at Buffalo, 3:30 pm ET (Time Warner Cable SportsNet/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3.com/ All MACcess)

  • * Toledo at Eastern Michigan, 4:00 pm ET (SportsTime Ohio/Comcast Michigan/ESPN GamePlan/ESPN3.com/All MACcess)

*Mid-American Conference game


Nick’s Picks for Week #9

Northern Illinois (6-2, 4-0 MAC) at Western Michigan (3-4, 2-1 MAC)

Saturday, October 30, 2010 • Noon ET • Kalamazoo, Mich. • Waldo Stadium (30,200)

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

Series: Western Michigan leads 23-12

Notes:

Northern Illinois ranks 11th in the nation in rush offense (247.5) and RB Chad Spann ranks 17th (106.8 ypg) in rushing...Northern Illinois ranks second in the MAC in turnover differential (+6)...Huskies rank 11th in the country in time of possession (32:41)...Northern Illinois ranks 15th in the nation in third down percentage on offense (49.53). The Broncos rank 15th in the nation in pass offense (290.0 ypg)...QB Alex Carder ranks 13th in the nation in passing yards per game (277.0 ypg) and 21st overall in total passing yards (1,939)...WR Jordan White ranks sixth in the nation in receiving yards per game (108.3 ypg) and Juan Nunez ranks 23rd (84.4 ypg) in the same category

Nick’s Pick: NIU 33 – Western 24

Comment: May be a dog fight in K-zoo; look for the Huskies to improve to 7-2.

 

 

Akron (0-8, 0-4 MAC) at Temple (6-2, 3-1 MAC)

Saturday, October 30, 2010 • 1:00 pm ET • Philadelphia, Pa. • Lincoln Financial Field (68,532); All MACcess web streaming via www.mac-sports.com

Series: Series tied 2-2

Notes:

Akron LB Brian Wagner ranks tied for 15th in the nation with 83 tackles...KR Jalil Carter ranks fifth in the MAC in kick return average (21.6)...RB Alex Allen ranks tied for ninth in the MAC in scoring with six rushing touchdowns...K Igor Ivelijic is eight of 12 on the year as his eight field goals rank fourth in the MAC. Temple QB Mike Gerardi made his first career start last week in a 42-0 win at Buffalo and threw for 131 yards and 3 TDs... Temple offense ranks fourth in the MAC in scoring (27.0 ppg) and rush offense (170.6 ypg)...RBs Bernard Pierce (561 yards--80.1 avg.) and Matt Brown (613 yards--76.6 avg.) rank second and third in the MAC in rushing.

Nick’s Pick: Temple 52 – Akron 6

Comment: Expect a blow out in Phila.

 

 

Louisiana-Lafayette (2-5, 2-3 Sun Belt) at Ohio (5-3, 4-1 MAC)

Saturday, October 30, 2010 • 2:00 pm ET • Athens, Ohio • Peden Stadium (24,000)

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

Series: Ohio leads 1-0

Notes:

Lost 51-24 to Western Kentucky last weekend...Currently on a three-game losing streak (31-24 to Troy and 54-28 to Oklahoma State)...QB Chris Masson completed 16-of-34 pass attempts for 223 yards and two interceptions in the loss to Western Kentucky. The Bobcats have outgained five consecutive opponents on the ground for the first time since 2006...Ohio has tallied 151 points on this current four game winning streak, the most points in a four game stretch since 2002....Play the next two consecutive at home (vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, vs. Buffalo).

Nick’s Pick: Ohio 35 – La Lafayette 23

Comment: It’s a nice game for the MAC to get a win over another DI-A team; these have been rare in 2010.

 

 

Ball State (2-6, 1-3 MAC) at Kent State (3-4, 2-2 MAC)

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

WJW FOX (Cleveland)/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3.com • All MACcess Web Streaming via www.mac-sports.com

Series: Ball State leads 19-5

Notes:

BSU LB Travis Freeman ranks 22nd in the nation with 79 tackles...S Sean Baker ranks 13th in the country with four interceptions...WR Jack Tomlinson caught his first two touchdown receptions last week at Toledo...RB MiQuale Lewis had a season-high 96 yards and one touchdown against the Rockets last Saturday. The Golden Flashes rank second in the nation in rush defense (65.0 ypg) and ninth in the country in total defense (278.9 ypg)....DT Roosevelt Nix ranks fourth in the nation in tackles for loss (13.5) and tied for fourth in sacks (8.5)...Play their next three games at home (vs. Ball State, Army and Temple).

Nick’s Pick: Kent State 22 – Ball State 17

Comment: KSU’s defense is really solid and they have just enough offense to climb to .500 and dare we say, move extremely close to bowl eligibility, something they haven’t attained since 1972.

 


 

 

Bowling Green (1-7, 0-4 MAC) at Central Michigan (2-6, 1-4 MAC)

Saturday, October 30, 2010 • 3:30 pm ET • Mount Pleasant, Mich. • Kelly/Shorts Stadium (30,225); All MACcess Web Streaming via www.mac-sports.com

Series: Bowling Green leads 21-18

Notes:

Falcons WR Kamar Jorden ranks fourth in the nation in receptions per game (8.4 rpg), eighth in total receiving yards (733) and 15th in receiving yards per game (91.6 ypg)...LB Dwayne Woods ranks eighth in the country with 91 tackles...DB Cameron Truss ranks tied for 21st in the nation with eight passes defense. The Chippewas QB Ryan Radcliff ranks fourth in the country in total passing yards (2,210), 14th in passing yards per game (276.3 ypg) and 16th in pass completions per game (22.6 cpg)...WR Cody Wilson ranks

18th in the nation in receiving yards per game (87.0 ypg)...Play the next two games at home (vs. Bowling Green, Western Michigan).

Nick’s Pick: Central 30 – BGSU 24

Comment: These two programs are really struggling this season after going to bowl games last year, give the nod to the Chips at home.

 

 

Miami (4-4, 3-1 MAC) at Buffalo (2-5, 1-2 MAC)

Saturday, October 30, 2010 • 3:30 pm ET • Buffalo, N.Y. • UB Stadium (29,013)

Time Warner Cable SportsNet/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3.com • All MACcess web streaming via www.mac-sports.com

Series: Miami leads 10-2

Notes:

Miami WR Armand Robinson ranks 24th in the nation in total receiving yards (614)...Last week vs. Ohio, WR Nick Harwell posted a school record 219 yards receiving on 11 receptions...Miami ranks third in the MAC in turnover differential (+3)...Play their next three on the road (at Buffalo, at Bowling Green, at Akron). Buffalo DB Domonic Cook ranks tied for first in the nation in interceptions (5) and passes defensed (11)...Freshman QB Alex Zordich made his first start last week against Temple...Buffalo ranks 23rd in the nation in pass defense (183.7 ypg)....Bulls also rank 14th in red zone defense (70%) and 19th in pass efficiency defense (108.79 rating).

Nick’s Pick: Miami 31 – Buffalo 20

Comment: Miami has a nice shot at getting over .500 and moving closer to bowl eligibility.

 

 

Toledo (5-3, 4-0 MAC) at Eastern Michigan (1-7, 1-3 MAC)

Saturday, October 30, 2010 • 4:00 pm ET • Ypsilanti, Mich. • Rynearson Stadium (30,200) SportsTime Ohio/Comcast Michigan/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3.com/All MACcess web streaming via www.mac-sports.com

Series: Toledo leads 26-11

Notes:

Toledo ranks first in the MAC in turnover differential (+8)...WR Eric Page ranks seventh in the country in receptions per game (7.63 rpg), 10th in total receiving yards (690) and 20th in receiving yards per game (86.3 ypg)...LB Archie Donald ranks tied for 15th in the nation with 83 tackles. The Eagles rank fifth in the MAC in rushing offense (161.1 ypg)

and fourth in total offense (333.9 ypg)...LB Tim Fort ranks eighth in the MAC with 68 tackles and fourth with three forced fumbles...Play two of the next three games on the road (vs. Toledo, at Western Michigan, at Buffalo).

Nick’s Pick: Toledo 38 – Eastern 27

Comment: The Rockets are the better team but Eastern is improving. Look for this game to be a little tighter than their records would indicate.

 

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Nick’s Pick: Temple 21 – Buffalo 16

Actual Score: Temple 42 – Buffalo 0

Comment: The Owls crushed the Bulls for the second year in a row.

 

Nick’s Pick: Ohio 33 – Miami 28

Actual Score: Ohio 34 – Miami 13

Comment: This game featured several errors, penalties and turnovers on both sides.

 

Nick’s Pick: Kent State 23 – BGSU 21

Actual Score: Kent State 30 – BGSU 6

Comment: A rare win for Kent State at Bowling Green.

 

Nick’s Pick: NIU 38 – Central 17

Actual Score: NIU 33 – Central 7

Comment: Pretty much how we saw it.

 

Nick’s Pick: Western 40 – Akron 17

Actual Score: Western 56 – Akron 10

Comment: The Zips are lousy.

 

Nick’s Pick: Toledo 35 – Ball State 16

Actual Score: Toledo 31 – Ball State 24

Comment: The Cardinals always seem to give the Rockets fits, Toledo trailed 17-0 before scoring 31 straight.

 

Nick’s Pick: Virginia 34 – Eastern 7

Actual Score: Virginia 48 – Eastern 21

Comment: Any ACC team will over power the Eagles right now.

 

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