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2011 MAC Football Picks - Week #10 Preview
…Nick’s Picks went 2-2 last week and now stand at 61-19 on the season…
This Week’s Games:
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.