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2011 MAC Football Picks - Week #4 Preview

 

Nick’s Picks for Week #4 – 2011

MAC Notes:

  • Western Michigan (2-1) put an end to a five-year drought against Central Michigan (1-2), dominating the Chippewas 44-14 in front of 26,674 at Waldo Stadium. The 30-point victory was the Broncos’ largest margin of victory since CMU went Division I in football in 1975… Western Michigan quarterback Alex Carder finished the day with 28 completions on 37 attempts, racking up 355 yards and three touchdowns, and also rushed for one touchdown. Wide receiver Jordan White hauled in 13 receptions for 177 yards and two scores and moved into fourth on the school’s all-time reception list.

  • Penn State took its first lead on a Michael Zordich one-yard run with 2:42 remaining and then halted Temple’s final drive as Penn State posted a 14-10 win over the Owls in front 57,323 fans, the third largest crowd to watch a Temple home game.

  • Ball State (2-1, 1-0 MAC) defeated Buffalo 28-25 (1-2, 0-1 MAC) in Scheumann Stadium in its first conference game of the season. Ball State managed to put together an 18 play, 75 yard drive which resulted in a 4-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Keith Wenning to wide receiver Willie Snead with 29 seconds left to win the game.

  • Toledo hung close with fourth ranked Boise State for awhile, but in the end the Bronco offense was just too efficient. Boise State won the game, 40-15, before a capacity crowd of 28,905 at the Glass Bowl in a nationally televised game on ESPN. Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore threw for 455 yards and five touchdowns as the Broncos amassed 610 yards of total offense.

  • A dramatic finish came up just short as Miami was edged by Minnesota, 29-23, at TCF Bank Stadium. With the final seconds ticking off the clock and needing a touchdown to tie and an extra point to win, senior wide receiver Chris Givens went up for the catch in the end zone from junior quarterback Zac Dysert, but the pass was broken up as the Golden Gophers escaped Miami’s late rally…Miami’s Zac Dysert completed 27-of-47 passes for 325 yards, including two touchdowns and one interception. It was the seventh 300-yard passing game of his career, and he moved into fifth place on Miami’s career passing list.

  • Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton threw for a career-high 285 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Ohio to a convincing 44-7 victory over Marshall at Peden Stadium. The Bobcats forced the Thundering Herd into six turnovers in front of 24,422 fans, the third-largest crowd ever at Peden Stadium…The win over Marshall was the first that Ohio has registered in the series since 2000 and also marked the best start for Ohio Football since the 1976 season.

  • Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 347 yards on 23-of-32 passing to lead the #7 Badgers to a 49-7 victory over Northern Illinois (1-2) at Soldier Field before a crowd of 41,068… Wisconsin accumulated 621 offensive yards, led by Wilson’s 384-yards of total offense and three touchdowns through the air. Harnish finished the game 14-of-24 passing with 164 yards through the air. His favorite target was Perez Ashford, who caught six passes for 77 yards.

  • Bowling Green scored on a Matt Schilz to Ray Hutson pass with just 2.7 seconds left in regulation, but the ensuing extra point attempt was blocked as Wyoming defeated the Falcons, 28-27... The Falcons committed six turnovers, several key penalties and the team also had a blocked field goal in addition to the blocked extra point.

  • Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein ran for 139 yards, two touchdowns and threw for one as the Wildcats upended Kent State 37-0. The Golden Flashes broke a stadium record with 136 yards in penalties.

  • Eastern Michigan suffered its first loss of the season with a 31-3 at Michigan… Eastern had 207 yards rushing with just 29 passing while the Wolverines rolled up 471 yards in total offense.

  • Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros threw for a touchdown and ran for another, and Cincinnati’s defense returned three turnovers for touchdowns in the first half, setting up a 59-14 victory over Akron (0-3).

…Nick’s Picks went 9-2 last week and now stand at 29-6 on the season…

 

This Week’s Games:

Saturday, September 24

  • Toledo at Syracuse, Noon ET (Big East Network)

  • Central Michigan at Michigan State, Noon ET (ESPNU)

  • Eastern Michigan at Penn State, Noon ET (ESPN2)

  • Temple at Maryland, 12:30 pm ET (ACC Network/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

  • * Bowling Green at Miami, 1:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

  • Army at Ball State, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

  • Ohio at Rutgers, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

  • Virginia Military Institute at Akron, 2:00 pm ET (mac-sports.com)

  • Cal Poly at Northern Illinois, 3:30 pm ET (mac-sports.com)

  • South Alabama at Kent State, 3:30 pm ET (mac-sports.com)

  • Western Michigan at Illinois, 3:30 pm ET (Big Ten Network)

  • Connecticut at Buffalo, 6:00 pm ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)


Nick’s Picks:

Toledo (1-2, 0-0 MAC) at Syracuse (2-1, 0-0 Big East)

Saturday, September 24, 2011 • Noon ET • Syracuse, N.Y. • Carrier Dome (49,550)

Big East Network; Series: Syracuse leads 2-0

Nick’s Pick: Syracuse 30 – Toledo 26

Comment: The Rockets are the third most penalized team in the country; until they take care of this they will not beat a team like Syracuse even though Toledo has the talent to do so.

 

Central Michigan (1-2, 0-1 MAC) at Michigan State (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten)

Saturday, September 24, 2011 • Noon ET • Lansing, Mich. • Spartan Stadium (72,027)

ESPNU; Series: Michigan State leads 4-3

Nick’s Pick: Michigan State 34 – Central 21

Comment: The Spartans are more physical and after suffering a 30-point loss to their arch-rival last week, how will the Chip respond this week?

 

Eastern Michigan (2-1, 0-0 MAC) at Penn State (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten)

Saturday, September 24, 2011 • Noon ET • University Park, Pa. • Beaver Stadium (107,282); ESPN2; Series: Penn State leads 1-0

Nick’s Pick: Penn State 45 – Eastern 10

Comment: Playing two high level Big Ten teams in a row will wear down the Eagles early in this game.

 

Temple (2-1, 0-0 MAC) at Maryland (1-1, 1-0 ACC)

Saturday, September 24, 2011 • 12:30 pm ET • College Park, Md. • Byrd Stadium (51,500); ACC Network/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3; Series: Maryland leads 6-0

Nick’s Pick: Maryland 31 – Temple 17

Comment: The Terps are for real… Temple’s RB Bernard Pierce (55 att., 347 rushing yds., 7 TDs) is having another solid season.

 

 


 

Bowling Green (2-1, 0-0 MAC) at Miami (0-2, 0-0 MAC)

Saturday, September 24, 2011 • 1:00 pm ET • Oxford, Ohio • Yager Stadium (24,286)

ESPN3; Series: Miami leads 59-49-7

Nick’s Pick: Miami 33 – BGSU 23

Comment: After two straight weeks of putting up 500-yard efforts, BG’s offense will be not have that sort of production against the RedHawks.

 

Army (1-2, 0-0 Independent) at Ball State (2-1, 1-0 MAC)

Saturday, September 24, 2011 • 2:00 pm ET • Muncie, Ind. • Scheumann Stadium (22,500); ESPN3; Series: Army leads 2-0

Nick’s Pick: Ball State 28 – Army 24

Comment: The Cardinals have been the surprise of the MAC thus far…The Cards are putting up 400-yard efforts again now that Pete Lembo is in charge.

 

Ohio (3-0, 0-0 MAC) at Rutgers (1-1, 0-0 Big East)

Saturday, September 24, 2011 • 2:00 pm ET • Piscataway, N.J. • Rutgers Stadium (52,545); ESPN3; Series: Series tied 1-1

Nick’s Pick: Rutgers 23 – Ohio 21

Comment: The MAC’s best team facing a solid but beatable Big East team. Ohio QB Tyler Tettleton (50-81 passing, 577 yds.; 7 TDs) has been outstanding.

 

Virginia Military Institute (0-3, 0-0 Big South) at Akron (0-3, 0-1 MAC)

Saturday, September 24, 2011 • 2:00 pm ET • Akron, Ohio • InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field (27,881); Live streaming via www.mac-sports.com; Series: VMI leads 1-0

Nick’s Pick: Akron 20 – VMI 16

Comment: Two lousy teams … enough said.

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Cal Poly (1-2, 0-0 Great West) at Northern Illinois (1-2, 0-0 MAC)

Saturday, September 24, 2011 • 3:30 pm ET • DeKalb, Ill. • Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium (24,000); Live Streaming via www.mac-sports.com; Series: First Meeting

Nick’s Pick: NIU 42 – Cal Poly 23

Comment: The Huskies get back to their winning ways.

 

South Alabama (2-1, 0-0 FCS-Independent) at Kent State (0-3, 0-0 MAC)

Saturday, September 24, 2011 • 3:30 pm ET • Kent, Ohio • Dix Stadium (25,000)

Live stream via www.mac-sports.com; Series: First Meeting

Nick’s Pick: Kent State 17 – USA 16

Comment: If Kent State can’t win this game they will not win at all in 2011; USA lost at NC State last week 35-14 so this game is no gimmie.

 

Western Michigan (2-1, 1-0 MAC) at Illinois (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten)

Saturday, September 24, 2011 • 3:30 pm ET • Champaign, Ill. • Memorial Stadium (69,249); Big Ten Network; Series: Illinois leads 2-1

Nick’s Pick: Illinois 27 – Western 23

Comment: Historically this is the type of game that Illinois loses – to a solid MAC team so don’t be surprised if that happens again. Western’s QB Alex Carder (62-86 passing, 681 yds., 5 TDs) has been outstanding thus far.

 

Connecticut (1-2, 0-0 Big East) at Buffalo (1-2, 0-1 MAC)

Saturday, September 24, 2011 • 6:00 pm ET • Buffalo, N.Y. • UB Stadium (29,013)

ESPN Game Plan/ESPN Plus/ESPN3; Series: UConn leads 14-4

Nick’s Pick: UConn 28 – Buffalo 14

Comment: The Huskies are better in the trenches; UB’s Chazz Anderson has been excellent to date throwing for 589 yards and three TDs while RB Brandon Oliver has rushed for over 350 yards and five TDs.

 

 

 

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