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2010 Nick’s Picks – MAC Preview & Review (Week #10)
MAC & Team Notes:
This Week’s MAC Schedule
Thursday, November 4
Friday, November 5
Saturday, November 6
*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.
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.