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2011 MAC Football Picks - Week #5 Preview


MAC Notes

  • Temple earned an impressive 38-7 win at Maryland, the Owls first win in school history vs. an ACC opponent…RB Bernard Pierce rushed for a conference and school record five touchdowns while redshirt senior quarterback Chester Stewart making his first start of the season, was a perfect 9-9 for 140 yards. It marks the first BCS road win for the Owls
  • Ball State improved to 3-1 with a 48-21 win over Army and did not allow a completed pass in the contest, which tied an NCAA single-game record.
  • Akron RB Jawan Chisholm rushed 27 times for 188 yards and one touchdown as Akron defeated VMI 36-13; Chisholm’s rushing effort tied him for the 23rd-best single-game performance in program history.
  • Western WR Jordan White had 14 grabs for 134 yards and a score in a 23-30 loss at Illinois.
  • Toledo ’s Eric Page had a season high 13 receptions and career high 158 receiving yards in a controversial 33-30 OT loss at Syracuse.
  • BGSU (3-1) created momentum-swinging plays in all phases of the game, capped off by a school-record 96-yard touchdown run by Anthon Samuel, as the Falcons defeated the Miami, 37-23, in the conference opener for both teams.
  • Kent State jumped out to a 33-0 lead and held on for a 33-25 win over South Alabama, their first win of the season.
  • Ohio QB Tyler Tettleton threw for a career-high 339 yards and tied a career-best three touchdowns in the Bobcats’ 38-26 loss at Rutgers; Tettleton finished the game 23-of-36 passing.
  • NIU’s Chandler Harnish completed 18-of-21 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 118 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, in the Huskies 47-30 victory over Cal Poly; Harnish totaled 305 yards of total offense passed the 100-yard mark in rushing yards for the sixth time in his career.
  • Ball State QB Keith Wenning completed 24-of-30 passes for a career high 324 yards and tied his career high with three touchdown passes in Ball State’s 48-21 win over Army.
  • Buffalo outgained Big East foe Connecticut by a 319-293 margin, however the Bulls dropped a 17-3 decision in front of 18,215 fans at UB Stadium; keys to the game were two 60-plus yard catches by UConn receiver Nick Williams.

…Nick’s Picks went 10-2 last week and now stand at 39-8 on the season…


This Week’s Games:

Saturday, September 24

  • Toledo at Temple, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)
  • Buffalo at Tennessee, 12:30 pm ET (Comcast Sports Southeast/ESPN3)
  • Akron at Eastern Michigan, 1:00 pm ET (mac-sports.com)
  • Cincinnati at Miami, 1:00 pm ET (ESPN3)
  • Kent State at Ohio, 2:00 pm ET (mac-sports.com)
  • Bowling Green at West Virginia, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3/Root Sports Pittsburgh)
  • Northern Illinois at Central Michigan, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3)
  • Western Michigan at Connecticut, 3:30 pm ET (SportsNet New York – SNY)
  • Ball State at Oklahoma, 6:00 pm ET ( Oklahoma Sports Network)

Nick's Picks

Toledo (1-3, 0-0 MAC) at Temple (3-1, 1-0 MAC)

Saturday, October 1, 2011 • Noon ET • Philadelphia, Pa. • Lincoln Financial Field (68,532); ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3; Series: Toledo leads 6-3

Nick’s Pick: Temple 24 – Toledo 20

Comment: The hard-luck Rockets will take it on the chin one more time before winning seven straight and finishing the season 8-4. Toledo’s QB Austin Dantin started at Syracuse and completed a season-high 22-of-32 passes for 258 yards and one TD...Dantin has now thrown a TD pass in each game this season. Temple ranks among the nation’s Top 25 in nine categories, including four Top 10 stats: Temple is No. 1 in scoring defense (7.75), No. 2 in kickoff returns (35.00), No. 4 in sacks (3.75), and No. 9 in pass efficiency defense (96.09).


Buffalo (1-3, 0-1 MAC) at Tennessee (2-1, 0-1 SEC)

Saturday, October 1, 2011 • 12:30 pm ET • Knoxville, Tenn. • Neyland Stadium - Shields-Watkins Field (102,455); Comcast Sports Southeast/ESPN3; Series: First Meeting

Nick’s Pick: Tennessee 38 – Buffalo 10

Comment: WR Marcus Rivers set season highs with nine catches for 94 yards in last Saturday’s 17-3 loss to UConn...With two punt returns for 15 yards, Terrell Jackson moved to sixth all time in total punt return yards, now with 273 yards for his career. Tennessee is coming off a bye week.


Akron (1-3, 0-1 MAC) at Eastern Michigan (2-2, 0-0 MAC)

Saturday, October 1, 2011 • 1:00 pm ET • Ypsilanti, Mich. • Rynearson Stadium (30,200)

Live streaming via www.mac-sports.com; Series: Akron leads 17-11

Nick’s Pick: Eastern 33 – Akron 21

Comment: Last week Akron did not commit a turnover for the first time since its contest at Indiana on Sept. 25, 2010...DB Brian Wagner recorded his 300th career tackle during the second quarter. Eastern Michigan offense was led by QB Alex Gillett who completed18-of-31 passes for 202 yards while gaining 22 yards on the ground against Penn State last week.


Cincinnati (3-1, 0-0 Big East) at Miami (0-3, 0-1 MAC)

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

ESPN3; Series: Miami leads 59-49-7

Nick’s Pick: Cincinnati 42 – Miami 21

Comment: The RedHawks just can’t seem to get it going yet under Don Treadwell while Cincy has dominated this series of late. UC QB Zach Collaros completed 25-of-34 pass attempts for 263 yards while running for a season-high 52 yards and two touchdowns...RB Isaiah Pead rushed 27 times for 167 yard and caught a touchdown pass against the NC State Wolfpack. Miami recorded three sacks in the first quarter and finished with four in their loss to BGSU.



Kent State (1-3, 0-0 MAC) at Ohio (3-1, 0-0 MAC)

Saturday, October 1, 2011 • 2:00 pm ET • Athens, Ohio • Peden Stadium (24,000)

Live streaming via www.mac-sports.com; Series: Ohio leads 38-23-2

Nick’s Pick: Ohio 28 – Kent State 13

Comment: KSU is currently rank tied for third in the country with eight interceptions (three different players have two each) and tied for sixth with 12 turnovers forced...Team’s plus four turnover margin is tied for 13 th. QB Tyler Tettleton threw for

a career-high 339 yards and matched his career-high three touchdown passes while LB Noah Keller recorded eight tackles, giving him 341 for his career and passed Frank Komer (1979-81) for 10th all-time...Ohio finished with 404 yards of offense; the second game this season it has surpassed 400 yards of total offense.


Northern Illinois (2-2, 0-0 MAC) at Central Michigan (1-3, 0-1 MAC)

Saturday, October 1, 2011 • 3:30 pm ET • Mount Pleasant, Mich. • Kelly/Shorts Stadium (30,255); ESPN3; Series: Central Michigan leads 24-21-1

Nick’s Pick: Northern 34 – Central 23

Comment: NIU QB Chandler Harnish now has 49 passing and 18 rushing TDs for his career (total of 67 TDs). Dan Enos has yet to get the Chips fired up as he enters the middle of his second season.


Bowling Green (3-1, 1-0 MAC) at West Virginia (3-1, 0-0 Big East)

Saturday, October 1, 2011 • 3:30 pm ET • Morgantown, W.V. • Rutgers Stadium (52,545); ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3/Root Sports Pittsburgh; Series: West Virginia leads 2-0

Nick’s Pick: WVU 45 – BGSU 27

Comment: The Falcons are one of the surprises of the MAC thus far but face a hungry WVU team that was crushed at home last week by LSU. RB Anthon Samuel had 16 carries for 121 yards, including a 96-yard run in the fourth quarter; the third 100-yard game of the season for the freshman...Samuel’s 96-yard run was the longest run in school history.

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

Saturday, October 1, 2011 • 3:30 pm ET • Storrs, Conn. • Rentschler Field (40,000)

SportsNet New York – SNY; Series: UConn leads 1-0

Nick’s Pick: Western 23 – UConn 21

Comment: A mild upset here after the Huskies struggled at Buffalo last week while the Broncos lost a heartbreaker at Illinois. WMU WR Jordan White had over 100 yards in a game for 14th time in career and finished with a career-matching 14 receptions...QB Alex Carder finished with 308 yards passing, his sixth career 300-yard passing game.


Ball State (3-1, 1-0 MAC) at Oklahoma (3-0, 1-0 Big 12)

Saturday, October 1, 2011 • 6:00 pm ET • Norman, Okla. • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (82,112); Oklahoma Sports Network; Series: First Meeting

Nick’s Pick: Oklahoma 59 – Ball State 14

Comment: While the Cardinals have been a pleasant surprise under 1 st year head coach Pete Lembo they cannot handle a national championship caliber team like Oklahoma. The Cardinals are tied for first in the country in Red Zone Efficiency and have scored 103 points... Ball State’s 545 yards of total offense vs. Army was the seventh best single-game mark in school history, the most since 610 total yds in a 41-40 loss at Nebraska Sept. 22, 2007.






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