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2011 MAC Football Picks - Week #9 Preview


MAC Notes:

  • Eastern Michigan earned the Michigan MAC title with a 14-10 win over Western Michigan. The Eagles improved to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the West Division race. This year Eastern Michigan defeated both Michigan MAC schools (35-28 victory over Central Michigan on Oct. 15).
  • Ball State tied for its fourth best comeback in school history with a 31-27 win over Central Michigan. The Cardinals fell behind the Chippewas 17-0 and 20-3 before rallying for the 31-27 victory.
  • After eight regular season games, six of the 13 MAC programs have five wins and eight programs have four wins or more.
  • QB Chazz Anderson accounted for 460 yards of total offense and four touchdowns as Buffalo fell against Northern Illinois, 31-30. Anderson completed a school record 35 passes on 53 attempts for 406 yards and three scores, including one with just 14 seconds left that pulled Buffalo to within one before a missed PAT denied the Bulls a chance at an overtime upset.
  • Eastern’s Javonti Greene caught a 50-yard pass from Alex Gillett in the first quarter and scored on a 50-yard run midway through the fourth quarter for the two Eastern Michigan touchdowns in the 14-10 victory over Western Michigan.
  • Northern Illinois RB Jasmin Hopkins scored three rushing touchdowns to lead the Huskies’ 31-30 win at Buffalo. Hopkins finished with 55 yards on 19 carries.
  • Central Michigan QB Ryan Radcliff posted the third highest single game passing yardage total in school history in the Chippewas’ 31-27 loss at Ball State. Radcliff was 30 of 44 passing for 436 yards and three touchdowns. It was just the fifth 400-yard passing game in school history.
  • Western Michigan RB Tevin Drake had a 46 yard rushing touchdown in a 14-10 loss at Eastern Michigan.
  • Ball State WR Briggs Orsbon had eight catches for 87 yards while scoring a touchdown in the Cardinals 17 point 31-27 comeback win over Central Michigan. With Orsbon’s help Ball State scored the 17 points in the second half which tied the fourth largest comeback in school history. Orsbon caught a season high 28-yard touchdown pass at the 6:42 mark in the third quarter.
  • Ohio QB Tyler Tettleton led the Bobcats offense to a 37-20 victory at Akron. Tettleton went 21-of-29 for 328 yards passing and accounted for three touchdowns (two passing; one rushing).
  • Toledo RB Morgan Williams rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in a 49-28 win over Miami.

…Nick’s Picks went 4-2 last week and now stand at 59-17 on the season…


This Week’s Games:

Saturday, October

  • Central Michigan at Akron, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)
  • Bowling Green at Kent State, 1:00 pm ET (mac-sports.com)
  • Ball State at Western Michigan, 2:00 pm ET (mac-sports.com)
  • Buffalo at Miami, 3:30 pm ET (SportsTime Ohio/Time Warner SportsNet Buffalo/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3/mac-sports.com)


Nick's Picks:


Central Michigan (2-6, 1-3 MAC) at Akron (1-6, 0-3 MAC)

Saturday, October 29, 2011 • Noon ET • Akron, Ohio • InfoCision Stadium--Summa Field (27,881); ESPN Plus • ESPN Game Plan • ESPN3; Series: Central Michigan leads 13-9-1

Nick’s Pick: Central 36 – Akron 24

Comment: Time is running out for Akron to win a MAC game this year and this may be the last chance outside of their annual pillow fight with Kent State. Central can score points while Akron cannot and neither team can defend as each gives up around 34-35 points per contest. Central is dead last in the MAC in turnover ratio which is Akron’s saving grace this week. Assuming the sticky jell is working for the Chips look for Central to get win #3.



Bowling Green (4-4, 2-2 MAC) at Kent State (1-6, 0-3 MAC)

Saturday, October 29, 2011 • 1:00 pm ET • Kent, Ohio • Dix Stadium (25,000); Streamed live via ww.mac-sports.com; Series: BGSU leads 55-17-6

Nick’s Pick: BGSU 34 – Kent State 10

Comment: This may be the most lopsided long-standing rivalry in the MAC as the Falcons have dominated the Flashes for decades. BG averages 27-points per game, Kent State 10; BG is giving up 27 per game while Kent State is 28. Bottom line, KSU just can’t score points.



Ball State (5-3, 3-1 MAC) at Western Michigan (4-4, 2-2 MAC)

Saturday, October 29, 2011 • 2:00 pm ET • Kalamazoo, Mich. • Waldo Stadium (30,200); Streamed live via www.mac-sports.com; Series: Western Michigan leads 20-17

Nick’s Pick: Western 23 – Ball State 21

Comment: Will the real Western Michigan Broncos please stand up? Is the Western team that beat UConn, BGSU, Central Michigan and nearly beat Illinois going to show this week or the team that has played two straight stinkers against NIU & Eastern? Ball State has been a pleasant surprise this season but has only won one road game to date. In a game that may be a deciding factor of who receives one of the MAC’s aligned bowl agreements, Western seems the logical choice to earn a home victory.



Buffalo (2-6, 1-3 MAC) at Miami (2-5, 1-2 MAC)

Saturday, October 29, 2011 • 3:30 pm ET • Oxford, Ohio • Yager Stadium (24,286); SportsTime Ohio • Time Warner Cable SportsNet Buffalo • ESPN Game Plan • ESPN3 • Streamed via www.mac-sports.com; Series: Miami leads 11-2

Nick’s Pick: Buffalo 31 – Miami 28

Comment: Probably the toughest games to pick this week as both teams are better than their record indicates. Buffalo’s Chazz Anderson is really coming of age in his one brief season while Brandon Oliver is a solid RB. UB has lost two heartbreakers this year so you have to think something will go their way soon. Miami just can’t seem to get going this season and has had 14 turnovers this season which ranks 11 th of 13 in the league.


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