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2010 Nick’s Picks – MAC Preview & Review (Week #10)


MAC & Team Notes:

  • Two more MAC programs became bowl eligible last weekend as Ohio and Toledo join Northern Illinois and Temple for postseason play. Toledo improved to 6-3, 5-0 in MAC play, with a 42-7 win at Eastern Michigan, while Ohio defeated Louisiana-Lafayette, 38-31, to improve to 6-3 overall, 4-1 in the conference.
  • Northern Illinois and Toledo remain tied for first place in the MAC West with perfect 5-0 conference records. This sets the stage the Rockets visit to DeKalb, Ill., on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 7:00 pm ET on ESPN2.
  • MAC East features a three-way tie for first place as Temple, Ohio and Miami all have 4-1 conference records.
  • Kent State continues to lead the nation in rush defense (65.88 ypg) and rank eight in total defense (278.0 ypg). Kent State has held six opponents under 100 yards rushing this year.


Player Notes:

  • Miami freshman WR Nick Harwell earned the first multiple touchdown game of his career as he finished with eight catches for 97 yards.
  • Western wide receiver Jordan White had a career day with 14 receptions for 180 yards and one touchdown in a 28-21 loss to Northern Illinois. His 180 yards are the eighth most in a game in Western Michigan history and his 14 catches are the fourth most in a game in program history; White has topped the 100 yards receiving mark on four occasions this season.
  • Toledo QB Terrance Owens replaced injured Austin Dantin under center and responded with 234 yards passing and four touchdowns in a 42-7 win at Eastern Michigan.
  • Kent State QB Spencer Keith was 18-of-38 passing for 252 yards and one touchdown in a 33-14 win over Ball State.
  • Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish threw for 214 yards and two touchdowns on 18-of-30 passing in a 28-21 win at Western Michigan; Harnish also rushed for 33 yards and one score.
  • Bowling Green RB Willie Geter rushed for 103 yards on 26 carries in a 17-14 win at Central Michigan.
  • Temple QB Mike Gerardi was 15-of-22 passing for 209 yards and one touchdown in a 30-0 win over Akron.
  • Ohio QB Boo Jackson completed 16-of-22 passing for 240 yards and three touchdowns with four interceptions in a 38-31 win over Louisiana-Lafayette. Jackson also had 11 carries for 74 yards and one touchdown in the victory.


This Week’s MAC Schedule

Thursday, November 4

  • * Buffalo at Ohio, 7:30 pm ET (ESPNU)

Friday, November 5

  • *Western Michigan at Central Michigan, 6:00 pm ET (ESPNU)

Saturday, November 6

  • * Akron at Ball State, 1:00 pm ET (All MACcess)
  • * Temple at Kent State, 2:00 pm ET (All MACcess)

*Mid-American Conference game

Buffalo (2-6, 1-3 MAC) at Ohio (6-3, 4-1 MAC)

Thursday, November 4, 2010 • 7:30 pm ET • Athens, Ohio • Peden Stadium (24,000)

ESPNU • Announcers: Anish Shroff, Jay Walker

Series: Ohio leads 10-6


Buffalo’s DB Domonic Cook ranks tied for first in the nation with six interceptions and tied for third with 12 passes defended... Buffalo ranks 17th in the country in pass defense efficiency (110.33 rating), tied for 18th in red zone defense (72%) and 24th in third down conversions (34.45%). OU’s winning streak is currently at five games, the longest since 2006...Bobcats have become bowl eligible in four of the last six seasons under Frank Solich...Ohio defense has posted 11 sacks in the last two games...QB Boo Jackson became the Ohio career leader in touchdown passes with 32 in his career.

Nick’s Pick: Ohio 33 – Buffalo 20

Comment: The Bobcats are not built to blow out teams, just to beat the teams they should…and OU is clearly the better team.


Western Michigan (3-5, 2-2 MAC) at Central Michigan (2-7, 1-5 MAC)

Friday, November 5, 2010 • 6:00 pm ET • Mount Pleasant, Mich. • Kelly/Shorts Stadium (30,255)

ESPNU • Announcers: Justin Kutcher, Tom Luginbill

Series: Western Michigan leads 43-35-2


Broncos rank 14th in the nation in passing offense (298.8 ypg)...QB Alex Carder ranks sixth in the country pass completions per game (25.13 cpg), 10th in passing yards per game (287.4 ypg) and 13th in total passing yards (2,299 yds)...WR Jordan White ranks fourth in the country in receiving yards per game (117.3 ypg). Chippewas QB Ryan Radcliff ranks 10th in the nation in total passing yards (2,342) and 22nd in passing yards per game (260.2 ypg)...WR Cody Wilson ranks 20th in the country in total receiving yards (717)...Central Michigan hosts its final home game of the season this Friday against rival Western Michigan...Finish at Navy and at Toledo.

Nick’s Pick: Western 31 – Central 23

Comment: Normally picking Central at home in this most heated rivalry would be a gimmy, but under Dan Enos, the Chips are a wreck right now, especially at home.


Akron (0-9, 0-5 MAC) at Ball State (2-7, 1-4 MAC)

Saturday, November 6, 2010 • 1:00 pm ET • Muncie, Ind. • Schuemann Stadium (22,500); All MACcess web streaming via www.mac-sports.com

Series: Akron leads 10-8-1


Akron LB Brian Wagner ranks 13th in the nation with 93 total tackles (10.3 tpg)...DL Shawn Lemon ranks 24th in the country with seven sacks (0.78 spg)...Road game at Ball State is the final road game of the year, finish with the final two games at home (vs. Miami and Buffalo). Cardinal S Sean Baker ranks tied for 20th in the nation and tied for third in the MAC with four interceptions...RB Eric Williams ranks fourth in the conference in all-purpose yardage (131.1 ypg)...Williams also leads the MAC in kick return average (31.7 avg.)...LB Travis Freeman ranks fifth in the conference with 85 tackles.

Nick’s Pick: Ball State 27 – Akron 16

Comment: This is the Zips last shot at winning a game in 2010. Both head coaches have been less than impressive this year.




Temple (7-2, 4-1 MAC) at Kent State (4-4, 3-2 MAC)

Saturday, November 6, 2010 • 2:00 pm ET • Kent, Ohio • Dix Stadium (25,000)

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

Series: Tied 2-2


Consecutive shutouts over Buffalo (42-0) and Akron (30-0) mark the first time for Temple since 1971 (at Connecticut and vs. Xavier)...Temple has tied a school record with 10 consecutive home wins...QB Mike Gerardi has made the last two starts under center...Play two of the last three games on the road (at Kent State, vs. Ohio and at Miami). Flashes rank first in the nation in rush defense (65.9 ypg) and eighth in the country in total defense (278.0 ypg)....DT Roosevelt Nix ranks sixth in the nation in tackles for loss (14.5) and eighth in sacks (8.5)...Kent State is 3-0 at home for the first time since 2001...Defense has held an opponent under 100 yards rushing in six games this season.

Nick’s Pick: Kent State 20 – Temple 16

Comment: Neither team has a history of winning ‘the big game’ and this certainly is a big game for both programs. Give the nod to the home team on what will be a very cold and blistery day in NE Ohio.


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Nick’s Picks went 6-1 last week and now stand 65- 17 YTD


Nick’s Pick: NIU 33 – Western 24

Actual Score: NIU 28 – Western 21

Comment: The Huskies won a real ‘dog tight’ in Kalamazoo


Nick’s Pick: Temple 52 – Akron 6

Actual Score: Temple 30 – Akron 0

Comment: As expected, Akron was pummeled


Nick’s Pick: Ohio 35 – La Lafayette 23

Actual Score: Ohio 38 – La Lafayette 31

Comment: A little closer than expected, but a win is a win for the MAC when it comes to non-conference competition


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

Actual Score: Kent State 33 – Ball State 14



Nick’s Pick: Central 30 – BGSU 24

Actual Score: BGSU 17 – Central 14

Comment: The Chips continue to implode at home.


Nick’s Pick: Miami 31 – Buffalo 20

Actual Score: Miami 21 – Buffalo 9

Comment: RedHawks defense put up five QB sacks in the win


Nick’s Pick: Toledo 38 – Eastern 27

Actual Score: Toledo 42 – Eastern 7

Comment: The Rockets blew open a 15-7 halftime lead into a 35-point thrashing.


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