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2010 Nick’s Picks – MAC Preview & Review (Week #12)


MAC & Team Notes:

  • A battle of 5-1 teams from the East Division takes place when Ohio visits Temple on Tue., Nov. 16 at 8 pm ET on ESPN2.
  • Miami became bowl eligible for the first time since 2005 after a 24-21 win at Bowling Green on Nov. 10. Miami is 6-4 on the year, 5-1 in the East Division and remain in a three-way tie for first with Ohio (5-1) and Temple (5-1).
  • Northern Illinois took command of the MAC West Division after an impressive 65-30 win over Toledo on Nov. 9. The Huskies improved to 8-2 overall and remain unbeaten in conference play at 6-0. Toledo dropped to 6-4 on the year, 5-1 in the MAC.
  • Kent State currently ranks third in the nation in rush defense (85.7 ypg) and 17th overall in total defense (307.1 ypg) after a 45-28 loss to Army. Kent State has held seven of ten opponents this season under 100 yards rushing this year.


Player Notes:

  • Miami ’s Nick Harwell caught 10 passes for 125 yards and one touchdown in Miami’s 24-21 win over Bowling Green. The totals mark his second century receiving game of his career and the second time he has reached double figures in catches.
  • NIU’s Chandler Harnish accounted for 311 yards of total offense while commanding the Northern Illinois offense in the Huskies’ 65-30 victory over Toledo; Harnish completed 11-of-16 passes for 162 yards and one touchdown, and ran for 149 yards on 13 carries with a rushing touchdown.
  • Eastern Michigan QB Alex Gillett accounted for 373 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-30 loss at Western Michigan. Gillett rushed for 159 yards on 22 carries and one score and threw for three touchdowns on 13-of-24 passing for 214 yards.
  • Central Michigan QB Ryan Radcliff threw for 394 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-37 loss at Navy. Radcliff’s 36 completions and 58 attempts were the second most in program history.
  • Western Michigan RB Brian Fields rushed for a season-high three touchdowns for 107 yards in a 45-30 win over Eastern Michigan.
  • Toledo RB Adonis Thomas rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns in a 65-30 loss at Northern Illinois.
  • Ball State RB Eric Williams had 27 carries for 109 yards in a 20-3 win at Buffalo.
  • Miami QB Zac Dysert threw for 221 yards and one touchdown on 19-of-25 passing in a 24-21 win at Bowling Green. Dysert also added a one yard rushing touchdown in the victory.
  • Kent State WR Tyshon Goode collected seven receptions for 155 yards and one touchdown in a 45-28 loss to Army.


This Week’s MAC Schedule


Tuesday, November 16

Ohio at Temple, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPN2 HD)


Wednesday, November 17

Miami at Akron, 6:00 pm ET (ESPNU/ESPNU HD)

Bowling Green at Toledo, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPN2 HD)


Saturday, November 20

Northern Illinois at Ball State, Noon ET (All MACcess)

Eastern Michigan at Buffalo, 2:00 pm ET (SportsTime Ohio/Comcast Michigan/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3.com)

Kent State at Western Michigan, 2:00 pm ET (All MACcess)

Nick’s Picks for Week #12


Ohio (7-3, 5-1 MAC) at Temple (8-2, 5-1 MAC)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 • 8:00 pm ET • Philadelphia, Pa. • Lincoln Financial Field (68,532) ESPN2

Series: Ohio leads 2-1


Ohio plays the final two games on the road (at Temple, at Kent State)...Bobcats are 5-1 in Athens and 2-2 on the road...Ohio ranks tied for 15 th in the nation in red zone offense (89.0%)...DB Julian Posey ranks tied for 18th in the country with 11 passes defended...Bobcats rank 16th in the nation in rush defense (115.9 ypg). Temple hosts Ohio and then travel to Miami to finish the regular season...DT Muhammad Wilkerson ranks tied for 14th in the nation with 8.5 sacks...Owls rank tied for tenth in the nation in scoring defense (17.5 ppg), 18th in total defense (312.2 ypg), tied for 20th in red zone defense (74.0%) and 21st in rush defense (121.7 ypg).

Nick’s Pick: Temple 27 – Ohio 17

Comment: Easily the best MAC game of the weekend with divisional title and bowl bid on the line. Look for the Owls to avenge last years thumping in Athens.


Miami (6-4, 5-1 MAC) at Akron (0-10, 0-6 MAC)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 • 6:00 pm ET • Akron, Ohio • InfoCision Stadium Summa Field (30,000); ESPN2U

Series: Miami leads 13-5-1


Miami finishes the regular season at Akron and home to Temple...QB Zac Dysert ranks tied for 18th in the nation with 22.2 completions per game...WR Armand Robinson is tied for 13th in the country with 6.5 receptions per game... Miami ranks 17th in the nation in time of possession (31:54). Akron finishes the regular season with two home games (vs.

Miami , vs. Buffalo)...LB Brian Wagner ranks 18th in the nation with 102 total tackles (10.2 tpg)...RB Alex Allen ranks ninth in the MAC in rushing offense (64.5 ypg)...DE Shawn Lemon ranks third in the conference with seven sacks.

Nick’s Pick: Miami 34 – Akron 16

Comment: Miami is playing for bowl after going 1-11 last season; that must be inspiration for the Zips as they will most likely finish the season 0-12.


Bowling Green (2-8, 1-5 MAC) at Toledo (6-4, 5-1 MAC)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 • 8:00 pm ET • Toledo, Ohio • Glass Bowl (26,248)

ESPN2; Series: Bowling Green leads 39-31-4


The Falcons have 28 takeaways this season and rank third in the MAC in turnover differential (+3)...QB Matt Schilz is tied for 15th in the nation with 22.5 completions per game...WR Kamar Jorden ranks fourth in the country in receptions per game (8.0), 12th in receiving yards per game (92.0) and 13th in total receiving yards (920). Toledo hosts their final two regular season games (Bowling Green, Central Michigan)...WR Eric Page ranks eighth in the nation in receptions per game (7.3), 21st in total receiving yards (843) and 23rd in receiving yards per game (84.3 ypg)...Page also ranks 16th in the nation in kickoff return average (27.5).

Nick’s Pick: Toledo 38 – BGSU 23

Comment:The Rockets are to avenge the beatings that the Falcons have put on them over the past few seasons.




Northern Illinois (8-2, 6-0 MAC) at Ball State (4-7, 3-4 MAC)

Saturday, November 20, 2010 • Noon ET • Muncie, Ind. • Scheumann Stadium (22,500)

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

Series: Ball State leads 20-15-2


NIU plays their final two regular season games on the road (at Ball State and Eastern Michigan)...RB Chad Spann ranks 14th in the nation in rushing (107.0 ypg) and tied for 15th in scoring (9.0 ppg)...QB Chandler Harnish ranks 22nd in the country in passing efficiency (149.45)...Huskies rank 10th in the nation in rush offense (261.2 ypg). The Cardinals play their final game of the regular season vs. Huskies...K Ian McGarvey ranks tied for 23rd in the nation in field goal percentage (82.4%)...KR Eric Williams ranks 11th in the country in kickoff return average (28.41 avg.)...S Sean Baker ranks ninth in the nation in interceptions (6).

Nick’s Pick: NIU 44 – Ball State 27

Comment: The Huskies are on a mission to finish 10-2 and like Central Michigan a year ago sneak into the final top-25 ranking.


Eastern Michigan (1-9, 1-5 MAC) at Buffalo (2-8, 1-5 MAC)

Saturday, November 20, 2010 • 2:00 pm ET • Buffalo, N.Y. • UB Stadium (29,013)

SportsTime Ohio/Comcast Michigan/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3.com • Announcers: Matt Underwood, Frank Stams


EMU closes the regular season at Buffalo and home to Northern Illinois... Eastern Michigan ranks 25th in the nation in time of possession (31:31)...LB Tim Fort ranks 16th in the country with three forced fumbles. UB ends the regular season vs. Eastern Michigan and at Akron...DB Domonic Cook ranks tied for fourth in the country in interceptions (6) and tied for tenth in passes defended (12)...PR Terrell Jackson ranks ninth in the nation in punt return average (16.67 avg.).

Nick’s Pick: Buffalo 23 – Eastern 21

Comment: Each team figures this is a game they can win and build upon going into 2011, expect a close game.


Kent State (4-6, 3-3 MAC) at Western Michigan (4-6, 3-3 MAC)

Saturday, November 20, 2010 • 2:00 pm ET • Kalamazoo, Mich. • Waldo Stadium (30,200); All MACcess web streaming via www.mac-sports.com

Series: Western Michigan leads 32-18-1


The Flashes rank third in the nation in rush defense (85.7 ypg) and 17th in total defense (307.1 ypg)...DT Roosevelt Nix ranks tied for seventh in the nation in forced fumbles (4), sixth in tackles for loss (17.5) and tied for 14th in sacks (8.5). Western QB Alex Carder ranks sixth in the nation in passing yards per game (292.0 ypg), eighth in total passing yards (2,920) and eighth in completions per game (24.5)...DB Lewis Toler is tied for tenth in the nation in passes defended (12) and 23rd in interceptions (4).

Nick’s Pick: Western 36 – Kent State 27

Comment: Each team is looking to close out their season at 6-6 and have some sort of respectability as each had much higher hopes for their 2010 season. Western’s offense is better so give the nod to the Broncos.


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Nick’s Pick: NIU 27 – Toledo 23

Actual Score: NIU 65 – Toledo 30

Comment: The Rockets just could not stop the Huskies as NIU looked like a real Top-25 team.


Nick’s Pick: Miami 33 – BGSU 24

Actual Score: Miami 24 – BGSU 21

Comment: Miami wins on the last play of the game in the fog.


Nick’s Pick: Buffalo 26 – Ball State 17

Actual Score: Ball State 20 – Buffalo 3

Comment: Ball State’s defense limited Buffalo to only 144 net yards of offense, including 88 net yards rushing, and knocked starting quarterback Alex Zordich out of the game early.


Nick’s Pick: Army 35 – Kent State 14

Actual Score: Army 45 – Kent State 28

Comment: Pretty much as we predicted it…


Nick’s Pick: Western 30 – Eastern 13

Actual Score: Western 45 – Eastern 30

Comment: The Broncos were in control all along.


Nick’s Pick: Navy 52 – Central 20

Actual Score: Navy 38 – Central 37

Comment: Central Michigan scored two touchdowns in the final three minutes of the contest; however a two-point conversion fell incomplete with four seconds remaining.


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