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2011 MAC Football Picks - Week #11 Preview
…Nick’s Picks went 4-1 last week and now stand at 65-20 on the season…
This Week’s MAC Schedule
Tuesday, November 8
Wednesday, November 9
Thursday, November 10
Saturday, November 12
Northern Illinois (6-3, 4-1 MAC) at Bowling Green (4-5, 2-3 MAC)
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 • 8:00 pm ET • Bowling Green, Ohio • Doyt L. Perry Stadium (24,000)
ESPN2; Series: Bowling Green leads 10-6
Nick’s Pick: NIU 45 – BGSU 35
Comment: Will this be an encore performance for the Huskies as they return to NW Ohio for the second consecutive Tuesday? When the Huskie offense gets humming like they did last week at Toledo they are unstoppable within the MAC.
Western Michigan (5-4, 3-2 MAC) at Toledo (5-4, 4-1 MAC)
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 • 8:00 pm ET • Toledo, Ohio • Glass Bowl (26,248)
ESPNU; Series: Toledo leads 37-28
Nick’s Pick: Toledo 44 – Western 40
Comment: How will the Rockets respond to yet another let down in a big game. Going back to last season’s Little Caesars/Motor City Bowl and UT has lost four games in the past ten months in games they should have won and yet floundered in the final seconds of big games. Western is the league’s true Jeckle & Hyde team so who knows which Bronco team will get off the bus at the Glass Bowl.
Miami (4-5, 3-2 MAC) at Temple (5-4, 3-3 MAC)
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 • 8:00 pm ET • Philadelphia, Pa. • Lincoln Financial Stadium (68,532); ESPN Series: Temple leads 4-2
Nick’s Pick: Miami 26 – Temple 22
Comment: The RedHawks are starting to look like the MAC champs they are…while Temple is doing their normal late season fade against the divisional teams with a bowl bid and MACC title game bids on the line.
Ohio (6-3, 3-2 MAC) at Central Michigan (3-7, 2-4 MAC)
Thursday, November 10, 2011 • 7:30 pm ET • Mount Pleasant, Mich. • Kelly/Shorts Stadium (30,255); ESPNU; Series: Central Michigan leads 21-4-2
Nick’s Pick: Ohio 28 – Central 20
Comment: The Bobcats often play to the level of their competition and historically struggle against the Chips. Look for a tight game again this week for OU and if there is an upset this week in the MAC this will be the game.
Buffalo (2-7, 1-4 MAC) at Eastern Michigan (5-4, 3-2 MAC)
Saturday, November 12, 2011 • 1:00 pm ET • Ypsilanti, Mich. • Rynearson Stadium (30,200); Streamed Live via www.mac-sports.com ; Series: Eastern Michigan leads 4-0
Nick’s Pick: Eastern 27 – Buffalo 23
Comment: The Eagles dropped a heartbreaker last week against Ball State and can still taste being one step closer to bowl eligibility. Their last bowl game was in 1987; their last winning season was 1995. Buffalo has been a hard luck team all season.
Kent State (3-6, 2-3 MAC) at Akron (1-8, 0-5 MAC)
Saturday, November 12, 2011 • 2:00 pm ET • Akron, Ohio • InfoCision Stadium--Summa Field (27,881); SportsTime Ohio • ESPN Game Plan • ESPN3; Series: Akron leads 30-21-2
Nick’s Pick: Kent State 23 – Akron 17
Comment: KSU performed last week against Central Michigan in way most had thought would be playing all season. Akron’s offense is painful to watch. Ironically, both offenses rank 12 th and 13 th respectively in the MAC. The difference is defense where Kent State has a significant advantage. Historically in the last decade Akron has been able to win this local rivalry even when they are the underdog. This may be the Zips last chance at a victory for the remainder of 2011.