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2011 MAC Football Picks - Week #10 Preview


MAC Notes:

  • MAC Midweek Football features 13 games during the month of November on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.
  • MAC Football in 3D ~ The Northern Illinois at Toledo game on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7 pm will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN 3D and become the first conference event broadcast in 3D.
  • The West Division lead is on the line this Tuesday, November 1 at 7 pm ET on ESPN2 and ESPN 3D as Northern Illinois (3-1) travels to the Glass Bowl to play Toledo (4-0) in a key West Division game.
  • The East Division lead is on the line this Wednesday, November 2 at 8 pm ET on ESPN as Temple (3-2) travels to Peden Stadium in Athens to play Ohio (2-2) in a key East Division contest.
  • Miami QB Zac Dysert completed 80 percent of his passes (20-for-25), throwing
  • for 313 yards and a record-tying five touchdowns in a convincing 41-13 victory over Buffalo; Dysert now has 7,166 career passing yards, ranking second behind only RedHawk legend Ben Roethlisberger (10,829).
  • Western Michigan WR Jordan White became the Broncos career receptions
  • leader in a 45-35 win over Ball State with nine catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns; White holds the record with 261 career receptions and is over 1,000 yards for the season (1,164), making him only the third Bronco receiver to have back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in program history (Greg Jennings, Steve Neal).
  • Bowling Green WR Kamar Jorden finished with 12 catches for 203 yards and one touchdown in the Falcons’ 27-15 loss at Kent State. Jorden had five catches that were at least 20 yards.
  • Central Michigan RB Anthony Garland ran for a career-high 141 yards on 19 carries in the Chippewas’ 23-22 win at Akron; his 58-yard run in the final minute of the first half was Central Michigan’s second longest run of the season.
  • Akron WR Marquelo Suel posted a season-high 11 catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns in the Zips’ 23-22 loss to Central Michigan. Eight of his receptions and both scores came during Akron’s fourth-quarter comeback.

…Nick’s Picks went 2-2 last week and now stand at 61-19 on the season…


This Week’s Games:

  • Tuesday, November 1
    • Northern Illinois at Toledo, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN2 HD/ESPN 3D)
  • Wednesday, November 2
    • Temple at Ohio, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN HD)
  • Thursday, November 3
    • Akron at Miami, 7:30 pm ET (ESPNU HD)
  • Friday, November 4
    • Central Michigan at Kent State, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2 HD)
  • Saturday, November 5
    • Ball State at Eastern Michigan, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN; Game Plan/ESPN3)


Nick's Picks:


Northern Illinois (5-3, 3-1 MAC) at Toledo (5-3, 4-0 MAC)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 • 7:00 pm ET • Toledo, Ohio • Glass Bowl (26,248); ESPN2 and ESPN 3D; Series: Toledo leads 29-9

Nick’s Pick: Toledo 38 – NIU 31

Comment: The Rockets can’t soon forget the 65-30 drubbing they took on national TV last year at NIU. This game features the MAC’s top two offenses (NIU averages 38 points per game while Toledo averages 36). The big difference is defense where Toledo is giving up 25 points per game against a far more rugged schedule than NIU has played while the Huskies are being lit up for 33 points per game. Both teams are #1 & 2 in the MAC in turnover ratio. Expect a terrific game at the Glass Bowl where the Huskies have won just once over the past twenty-five years.


Temple (5-3, 3-2 MAC) at Ohio (5-3, 2-2 MAC)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • 8:00 pm ET • Athens, Ohio • Peden Stadium (24,000) ESPN; Series: Ohio leads 3-1

Nick’s Pick: Ohio 17 – Temple 16

Comment: Where the game above features the MAC’s top two offenses this game features the leagues best two defenses. Temple is giving up just 10 points per game while Ohio is giving up 20. Temple is the second lowest ranked team in the league for penalties while Ohio is the third worst. Somehow someway the Owls just haven’t been able to win “the big game” when it counts since they’ve joined the MAC. Until they do it’s hard to pick Temple for a contest that will determine the MAC east title.


Akron (1-7, 0-4 MAC) at Miami (3-5, 2-2 MAC)

Thursday, November 3, 2011 • 7:30 pm ET • Oxford, Ohio • Yager Stadium (24,286)

ESPNU; Series: Miami leads 14-5-1

Nick’s Pick: Miami 41 – Akron 17

Comment: The Zips showed signs of life last week against Central Michigan while Miami controls its own destiny to return to the MACC once again.



Central Michigan (3-6, 2-3 MAC) at Kent State (2-6, 1-3 MAC)

Friday, November 4, 2011 • 8:00 pm ET • Kent, Ohio • Dix Stadium (25,000)

ESPN2; Series: Central Michigan leads 22-9

Nick’s Pick: Kent State 21 – Central Michigan 17

Comment: The Golden Flashes played a very good game against BGSU last weekend and have the defense to keep them in the game until the offense wakes up. The Chips just don’t have the same “mojo” under Dan Enos like they did for their previous two head coaches Butch Jones or Brian Kelly.


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

Saturday, November 5, 2011 • Noon ET • Ypsilanti, Mich. • Rynearson Stadium (30,200)

ESPN Plus • ESPN Game Plan • ESPN3; Series: Ball State leads 29-21-2

Nick’s Pick: Ball State 27 – Eastern Michigan 24

Comment: Two surprise teams in the MAC who each have a real shot at earning a bowl bid, something neither school could have expected back in August. The Cardinals simply have too much offensive firepower even though their defense is atrocious. The running game of the Eagles is solid but EMU is passing for just 107-yards per game while Ball State is giving up 290; something has got to give here. Don’t be surprise if this game goes to OT.


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