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2011 MAC Football Picks - Week #6 Preview

 

MAC Notes:

  • Western Michigan QB Alex Carder led the Broncos to its first win against a Big East opponent with a 38-31 win at UConn; Carder threw for a career-high and school record 479 yards passing and tied a career-best five touchdowns. His 479 passing yards are tied for 12th best in MAC history.
  • Ohio improved to 4-1 on the year with a 17-10 win over Kent State to give the Bobcats their best start since 1997; QB Tyler Tettleton completed 28-of-42 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns and Ohio defense forced four turnovers.
  • Toledo responded with an impressive 36-13 road win at Temple; Rockets RB Morgan Williams rushed for 121 yards and two scores and QB Austin Dantin added 115 yards passing and one touchdown.
  • BGSU kick returner Boo Boo Gates finished with seven returns for 233 yards including a career-best 77 yard return.
  • Central Michigan RB Paris Cotton racked up 225 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns helping the Chips earn a win over Northern Illinois, 48-41; Cotton ran for 110 yards on 16 carries and caught four balls for 115 yards, scoring on plays of 43, 36 and 46 yards; Ryan Radcliff finished threw for 387 yards and the career-high four touchdowns.
  • Eastern RB Dominique White turned in a career-best 164 yards rushing on 28 carries and tallied three touchdowns in their 31-23 win over Akron.
  • Miami WR Nick Harwell became the second player in school history to record three consecutive 100-yard receiving games with six catches for 149 yards in a 27-0 loss to Cincinnati.
  • Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish enjoyed a record setting day in a 48-41 loss at Central Michigan. Harnish passed for a career high 370 yards on 27-of-50 passing with two TDs; he also rushed for 92 yards on 18 carries and a score.
  • Currently the MAC is 8-28 in non-conference competition against FBS teams and 12-0 against FCS teams totaling 20-28 overall.

…Nick’s Picks went 7-2 last week and now stand at 46-10 on the season…

 

This Week’s Games:

Saturday, October 8

  • Army at Miami, 1:00 pm ET ( Ohio News Network)
  • Florida International at Akron, 2:00 pm ET
  • Bowling Green at Western Michigan, 2:00 pm ET (SportsTime Ohio/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)
  • Temple at Ball State, 2:00 pm ET
  • Eastern Michigan at Toledo, 3:00 pm ET (BCSN/ESPN3)
  • Kent State at Northern Illinois, 3:30 pm ET
  • Ohio at Buffalo, 3:30 pm ET (Time Warner Cable SportsNet)
  • Central Michigan at North Carolina State, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3)

Nick's Picks:

 

Army (2-3, Independent) at Miami (0-4, 1-0 MAC)

Saturday, October 8, 2011 • 1:00 pm ET • Oxford, Ohio • Yager Stadium (24,286); Ohio News Network; Series: Series tied 2-2

Nick’s Pick: Army 24 – Miami 21

Comment: At the beginning of the year this looked to be a “gimmie” win for the RedHawks but they have struggled all year scoring just 13-points per game while giving up nearly 28. Army beat Tulsa 45-6 last week.

 

Florida International (3-2, 1-1 Sun Belt) at Akron (1-4, 0-1 MAC)

Saturday, October 8, 2011 • 2:00 pm ET • Akron, Ohio • InfoCision Stadium -- Summa Field (27,881); Streamed live via ww.mac-sports.com; Series: First Meeting

Nick’s Pick: FIU 48 – Akron 10

Comment: FIU lost to Duke last weekend 31-27 but have posted wins over UCF and Louisville. Akron is struggling once again but freshman RB Jawon Chisholm has been a pleasant surprise rushing for over 500-yards thus far.

 

Bowling Green (3-2, 1-0 MAC) at Western Michigan (3-2, 2-0 MAC)

Saturday, October 8, 2011 • 2:00 pm ET • Kalamazoo, Mich. • Waldo Stadium (30,200)

SportsTime Ohio/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3; Series: Bowling Green leads 31-16-3

Nick’s Pick: Western 35 – BGSU 34

Comment: A huge game for two upstart teams that were expected to be in the middle of the pack this fall. Each has a chance at not only bowl eligibility but MAC Title Game contention. This should be the best game of the weekend.

 


 

Temple (3-2, 1-1 MAC) at Ball State (3-2, 1-0 MAC)

Saturday, October 8, 2011 • 2:00 pm ET • Muncie, Ind. • Scheumann Stadium (22,500)

Streamed live via www.mac-sports.com; Series: Temple leads 1-0

Nick’s Pick: Temple 35 – Ball State 24

Comment: The Cards took their lumps at Oklahoma last week and return home to face a team they match up with much better. Temple was crushed by Toledo last week and looks to regain momentum lost. The Owls have the MAC’s top rated defense giving up just 13-points per game.

 

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

Saturday, October 8, 2011 • 3:00 pm ET • Toledo, Ohio • Glass Bowl (26,248)

ESPN3 • BCSN; Series: Toledo leads 27-11

Nick’s Pick: Toledo 42 – Eastern 14

Comment: Give credit to the Eagles for being 3-2 thus far and playing much better football than expected, especially with their rushing offense that’s #1 in the MAC right now (233-yards per game). Toledo is the most talented team in the MAC and should win out and finish 9-3 after facing a brutal non-conference schedule.

 

Kent State (1-4, 0-1 MAC) at Northern Illinois (2-3, 0-1 MAC)

Saturday, October 8, 2011 • 3:30 pm ET • DeKalb, Ill. • Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium (24,000); Streamed live via www.mac-sports.com; Series: Northern Illinois leads 15-7

Nick’s Pick: NIU 45 – Kent State 21

Comment: After a surprising loss to Central last week NIU returns home looking to rebound. While the Huskie defense has been dreadful to date, they face a Kent State offense that ranks dead last in the MAC (12.4 points per game).

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Ohio (4-1, 1-0 MAC) at Buffalo (1-4, 0-1 MAC)

Saturday, October 8, 2011 • 3:30 pm ET • Buffalo, N.Y. • UB Stadium (29,013)

Time Warner Cable SportsNet; Series: Ohio leads 11-6

Nick’s Pick: Ohio 24 – Buffalo 20

Comment: UB lost at Tennessee 41-10 last weekend and needs a game like this to right the ship for the remainder of the season. OU is off to their best start in three decades behind QB Tyler Tettleton who has been outstanding to date; Bobcats in a close game.

 

Central Michigan (2-3, 1-1 MAC) at North Carolina State (2-2, 0-1 ACC)

Saturday, October 8, 2011 • 3:30 pm ET • Raleigh, N.C. • Carter-Finley Stadium (57,583); ESPN3; Series: First Meeting

Nick’s Pick: NC State 37 – Central 31

Comment: This is a winnable game for the Chips. NC State lost 45-35 to Georgia Tech last Saturday as James Washington rushed for 131 yards. Central is coming off of a big win against one of the MAC’s top teams - NIU.

 

 

 

 

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