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2011 MAC Football Picks - Week #8 Preview
…Nick’s Picks went 3-3 last week and now stand at 55-15 on the season…
This Week’s Games:
Northern Illinois (4-3, 2-1 MAC) at Buffalo (2-5, 1-2 MAC)
Saturday, October 22, 2011 • Noon ET • Buffalo, N.Y. • UB Stadium (29,013)
ESPN Plus • ESPN Game Plan • ESPN3
Series: Northern Illinois leads 6-1
Nick’s Pick: Northern 42 – Buffalo 17
Comment: UB is getting a very hot Huskie club coming to town just one week after the Bull’s dreadful performance in Philadelphia. NIU put up nearly 700 yards of offense last week and are priming up for their upcoming battle with Toledo for the MAC west title.
Western Michigan (4-3, 2-1 MAC) at Eastern Michigan (4-3, 2-1 MAC)
Saturday, October 22, 2011 • 1:00 pm ET • Ypsilanti, Mich. • Rynearson Stadium (30,200)
Streamed live via ww.mac-sports.com
Series: Western Michigan leads 29-15-2
Nick’s Pick: Western 21 – Eastern 20
Comment: If the MAC Coach of the Year honor was voted on right now, Eastern’s Ron English would easily win it. Eastern won their first two games over FCS teams but no one expected them to be 4-3/2-1 at this stage of the season. The Eagles believe they can win, and they just might since Western is the Jekle/Hyde team of the league this year.
Central Michigan (2-5, 1-2 MAC) at Ball State (4-3, 2-1 MAC)
Saturday, October 22, 2011 • 2:00 pm ET • Muncie, Ind. • Schuemann Stadium (22,500)
Streamed live via www.mac-sports.com
Series: Series tied 21-21-1
Nick’s Pick: Ball State 31 – Central 28
Comment: The Cardinals are winning the close games this season under first year head coach Pete Lembo while the Chips program seems to be free-falling under Dan Enos. Ball State has converted 23-of-23 trips inside the Red Zone this season and tied for first in the country in Red Zone efficiency.
Ohio (4-3, 1-2 MAC) at Akron (1-5, 0-2 MAC)
Saturday, October 22, 2011 • 3:30 pm ET • Akron, Ohio • InfoCision Stadium--Summa Field (27,881)
SportsTime Ohio • Comcast Indiana • ESPN Game Plan • ESPN3
Series: Ohio leads 14-12-1
Nick’s Pick: Ohio 24 – Akron 16
Comment: After losing two in a row the Bobcats really needed to have Akron this week to get back on track.
Temple (5-2, 3-1 MAC) at Bowling Green (3-4, 1-2 MAC)
Saturday, October 22, 2011 • 3:30 pm ET • Bowling Green, Ohio • Doyt L. Perry Stadium (24,000)
BCSN • ESPN3
Series: Bowling Green leads 7-4
Nick’s Pick: Temple 33 – BGSU 21
Comment: Toledo showed last week that you beat the Falcons by running the ball and Temple runs the ball very well averaging nearly 260-yards per game on the ground, tops in the MAC.
Miami (2-4, 1-1 MAC) at Toledo (4-3, 3-0 MAC)
Saturday, October 22, 2011 • 7:00 pm ET • Toledo, Ohio • Glass Bowl (26,248)
BCSN • ESPN3
Series: Miami leads 28-21-1
Nick’s Pick: Toledo 27 – Miami 21
Comment: Don’t be fooled by Miami’s record, this is a talented team that hasn’t hit their stride yet under first year head coach Don Treadwell. Miami always seems to give Toledo fits and rarely are these contests one-sided. Look for a tight game that goes down to the wire.