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2011 MAC Football Picks - Week #2 Preview


Nick’s Picks for Week #2 – 2011

News & Notes

  • MAC football opened the 2011 season with an impressive 8-5 record, including wins over Big Ten, WAC and Independent opponents. Ball State beat Indiana, 27-20, while Northern Illinois dominated Army, 49-26. Ohio earned a 44-24 win at New Mexico State, while Bowling Green added a 32-15 win at Idaho.

  • Ohio head coach Frank Solich will aim for his 100th career head coaching victory on Saturday, Sept. 10 against Gardner-Webb.

  • Ball State ushered in the Pete Lembo era of Cardinals football in impressive fashion with a 27-20 win over the Big Ten’s Indiana Hoosiers. The contest was a Ball State home game played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and was Lembo’s first win after being named head coach last December; Cardinals sophomore QB Keith Wenning had a career day by completing 23 of 29 passes for 173 yards with two touchdowns, and also rushed for 61 yards and another score. Freshman RB Jahwan Edwards added 16 carries for 84 yards.

  • NIU earned its first win over a service academy and Dave Doeren became the first Huskie coach to win his debut since Jerry Pettibone in 1985 as the Huskies dropped Army, 49-26. The Huskies jumped out to a 49-6 third quarter lead for a dominating performance and opened with a victory for the first time since 2003; Huskies QB Chandler Harnish threw for a career-high five touchdowns, one shy of a school record, as he completed 12 of 19 for 195 yards. Harnish also rushed for 80 yards and one score. RB Jasmin Hopkins gained a career-best 138 yards on 14 carries. Offensively, Northern Illinois converted 11 of 13 third down opportunities.

  • Bobcats QB Tyler Tettleton was 16 of 28 passing for 153 yards and two touchdowns, and added two rushing scores on seven carries for 40 yards. RB Donte Harden added 15 carries for 81 yards. Bobcats PR Travis Carrie added a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown in Ohio’s 44-24 win at New Mexico State.

  • Bowling Green ’s offense hit on all cylinders Thursday night with a 32-15 win at Idaho. The Falcons used a big play offense in the first half, stingy defense in the second and solid special teams throughout the contest for an impressive road victory over the WAC opponent. The Falcons jumped to a 30-7 halftime lead as QB Matt Schilz connected with WR Eugene Cooper for two touchdowns from 76 and 24 yards in the first quarter.

  • A crowd of 32,638 witnessed Temple’s 42-7 win over Villanova at Lincoln Financial Field as the Owls captured its second consecutive Mayor’s Cup Trophy. The win also marked the first victory for first-year head coach Steve Addazio; Temple RB Bernard Pierce recorded his 10th 100-yard performance of his career as he finished with 20 carries for 147 yards and three touchdowns. Temple QB Mike Gerardi earned the starting nod and was 14 of 20 passing for 235 yards and three touchdowns.

  • Toledo rolled to 582 yards of total offense as QBs Austin Dantin threw for 161 yards and three touchdowns, while Terrance Owens added 122 yards and two touchdowns. RB Adonis Thomas rushed for 115 yards and one score and WR Bernard Reedy collected five receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns.

  • Chippewas QB Ryan Radcliff connected with WR Cody Wilson for a 45 yard touchdown pass on the opening possession as Central Michigan rolled to a win over SC State.

  • While Miami lost 17-6 at Missouri, RedHawks QB Zac Dysert finished 26 of 39 passing for 194 yards, while Finklea carried 19 times for 71 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Miami limited the potent Missouri offense to only 291 yards of total offense.

Did you know? That several former MAC head coaches are spread out across the Midwest ~ Notre Dame’s Brian Kelley (Central Michigan to Cincinnati to Notre Dame), Michigan’s Brady Hoke (Ball State to San Diego State to Michigan), Cincinnati’s Butch Jones (Central Michigan to Cincinnati), Minnesota’s Jerry Kill (Northern Illinois to Minnesota), Missouri’s Gary Pinkel (Toledo to Missouri) and Kansas’ Turner Gill (Buffalo to Kansas).


***Nick’s Picks went 11-2 last weekend-

This Week’s MAC Schedule - Saturday, September 10

  1. Central Michigan at Kentucky, Noon ET (ESPNU)

  2. Toledo at Ohio State, Noon ET (Big Ten Network)

  3. Alabama State at Eastern Michigan, 1:00 pm ET

  4. Stony Brook at Buffalo, 6:00 pm ET (TW Cable SportsNet)

  5. * Temple at Akron, 6:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

  6. Ball State at South Florida, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

  7. Gardner-Webb at Ohio, 7:00 pm ET

  8. Louisiana-Lafayette at Kent State, 7:00 pm ET

  9. Nicholls State at Western Michigan, 7:00 pm ET

  10. Morgan State at Bowling Green, 7:00 pm ET (BCSN/ESPN3)

  11. Northern Illinois at Kansas, 7:00 pm ET (FOX College Sports)

Bye: Miami


Toledo (1-0, 0-0 MAC) at Ohio State (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)

Saturday, September 10, 2011 • Noon ET • Columbus, Ohio • Ohio Stadium (102,329)

Big Ten Network; Series: Ohio State leads 2-0

Nick’s Pick: Ohio State 38 – Toledo 14

Comment: The Rockets have been outscored 87-0 in this two game series, look for UT to finally get on the board. The Buckeyes may have had a tumultuous off season but they are still very talented nonetheless.


Central Michigan (1-0, 0-0 MAC) at Kentucky (1-0, 0-0 SEC)

Saturday, September 10, 2011 • Noon ET • Lexington, Ky. • Commonwealth Stadium (67,942); ESPNU; Series: Kentucky leads 5-0

Nick’s Pick: Kentucky 33 – Central 27

Comment: The Wildcats looked sluggish in their 14-3 win over Western Kentucky last week; CMU RB Zurlon Tipton will need a big day for the Chips if Central is to pull the upset.


Alabama State (1-0, 0-0 SWAC) at Eastern Michigan (1-0, 0-0 MAC)

Saturday, September 10, 2011 • 1:00 pm ET • Ypsilanti, Mich. • Rynearson Stadium (30,200); Live Streaming via www.mac-sports.com; Series: First Meeting

Nick’s Pick: Eastern 34 – Alabama State 17

Comment: Alabama State won 41-9 at Mississippi Valley State last week; they have won eight consecutive games when scoring at least 30 points and improved to 38-4 since 2003 when scoring at least 30 points. Eastern will go 2-0 to begin the season for the first time since 1989.



Stony Brook (0-1, 0-0 Big South) at Buffalo (0-1, 0-0 MAC)

Saturday, September 10, 2011 • 6:00 pm ET • Buffalo, N.Y. • UB Stadium (29,013); Time Warner Cable SportsNet; Series: First Meeting

Nick’s Pick: Buffalo 28 – Stony Brook 23

Comment: Stony Brook lost 31-24 in OT at UTEP in the opener; the Seawolves held a 24-10 lead into the 4th quarter before the Miners came back to tie the game and win in OT. UB lost 35-16 at Pitt last weekend; WR Marcus Rivers had eight catches for 83 yards as a total of seven players caught passes for the Bulls.


Temple (1-0, 0-0 MAC) at Akron (0-1, 0-0 MAC)

Saturday, September 10, 2011 • 6:00 pm ET • Akron, Ohio • InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field (27,881); ESPN3; Series: Temple leads 13-7

Nick’s Pick: Temple 45 – Akron 7

Comment: Temple thrashed a very good Villanova team last week that is much better than Akron is right now; look for another crushing defeat for the Zips.


Ball State (1-0, 0-0 MAC) at South Florida (1-0, 0-0 Big East)

Saturday, September 10, 2011 • 7:00 pm ET • Tampa, Fla. • Raymond James Stadium (68,000); ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3; Series: First Meeting

Nick’s Pick: South Florida 37 – Ball State 17

Comment: The Cardinals won last week over Indiana; USF is a much stronger team than the Hoosiers evident by their win at Notre Dame last week.


Gardner-Webb (1-0, 0-0 Big South) at Ohio (1-0, 0-0 MAC)

Saturday, September 10, 2011 • 7:00 pm ET • Athens, Ohio • Peden Stadium (24,000)

Live Streaming at www.mac-sports.com; Series: Ohio leads 1-0

Nick’s Pick: Ohio 38 – GW 10

Comment: Gardner-Webb defeated D-II member Brevard 34-17 last Saturday in the opener and finished with 220 yards on the ground and 217 through the air, averaging 5.9 yards per play. That won’t happen this week in Athlens.

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Louisiana Lafayette (0-1, 0-0 Sun Belt) at Kent State (0-1, 0-0 MAC)

Saturday, September 10, 2011 • 7:00 pm ET • Kent, Ohio • Dix Stadium (25,000); Live Streaming at www.mac-sports.com; Series: Louisiana Lafayette leads 1-0

Nick’s Pick: Kent State 20 – ULL 16

Comment: A much better indicator of how the season will be for the Golden Flashes after getting drubbed last week at Alabama while ULL lost at Oklahoma State 61-34. Flashes have won nine of their last 10 home openers, including four straight.


Nicholls State (1-0, 0-0 Southland) at Western Michigan (0-1, 0-0 MAC)

Saturday, September 10, 2011 • 7:00 pm ET • Kalamazoo, Mich. • Waldo Stadium (30,200); Live Streaming at www.mac-sports.com; Series: Western Michigan leads 1-0

Nick’s Pick: Western 52 – Nichols State 14

Comment: This game won’t be close; Western’s WR Jordan White added 119 yards receiving for his 12th career 100-yard receiving game...With the 119 yards, White moved past Juan Nunez for fifth on the career list with 2,395 yards.


Morgan State (0-1, 0-0 MEAC) at Bowling Green (1-0, 0-0 MAC)

Saturday, September 10, 2011 • 7:00 pm ET • Bowling Green, Ohio • Doyt L. Perry; Stadium (24,000); ESPN3/BCSN; Series: First Meeting

Nick’s Pick: BGSU 55 – Morgan State 6

Comment: This publication was the only one to predict that the Falcons will indeed be a much stronger team than they were in 2010. Morgan State Suffered a 42-3 loss at Towson in the season opener while BG is hot off a nice win at Idaho.


Northern Illinois (1-0, 0-0 MAC) at Kansas (1-0, 0-0 Big 12)

Saturday, September 10, 2011 • 7:00 pm ET • Lawrence, Kan. • Kivisto Field at Memorial Stadium (50,071); Fox College Sports; Series: Northern Illinois leads 1-0

Nick’s Pick: NIU 27 – Kansas 23

Comment: The game of the week in the MAC will showcase a much improved Kansas team hosting an outstanding NIU squad. RB Jasmin Hopkins had a career high 138 yards rushing....NIU QB Chandler Harnish threw 5 TDs for a career high, one shy of the school record....NIU was 11 of 13 converting on third down in the victory. Kansas opened with a 42-24 win over McNeese State last Saturday...in the win

Kansas rushed 55 times for 301 yards.





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