2011 MAC Football Picks - Week #12 Preview
Toledo’s 66-63 victory over Western Michigan in regulation produced some amazing stats…Both teams combined for 129 combined points, 1,439; total yards of offense and 18 combined touchdowns, all MAC records. Toledo rolled for 804 yards of total offense, which ranks second most in conference history. Toledo also set a school single-game record with 37 first downs, fourth most points (66) and total plays (101). Western Michigan QB Alex Carder tied a conference record seven touchdowns, second with 548 yards passing, 15th with 38 completions and 16 th with 59 passing attempts. His favorite target, wide receiver Jordan White, tied for ninth in MAC history with 16 receptions and tied for 10th with 238 receiving yards. Also, Broncos kicker John Potter set the MAC career record of consecutive PATs made with 114. This game marked the second consecutive record-setting performance by the Toledo Rockets; the previous week featured a 63-60 loss to Northern Illinois on Nov. 1.
Temple ’s Matt Brown made his first start of the season and rushed 24 times for 123 yards and a touchdown in a 24-21 win over Miami. It was the fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season and eighth of his career. Brown finished with 172 all-purpose yards.
Western Michigan wide receiver Jordan White collected 16 receptions for 238 yards and three touchdowns in a 66-63 loss at Toledo on Nov. 8. In doing so, White became Western Michigan’s career receiving yards leader with 3,678 yards as well as setting a program single-season receptions (111) and receiving yards (1,402) records. His 238 yards receiving marked the third time in program history for a receiver to top the 200 yards receiving plateau and first time since Greg Jennings in 2005.
Eastern Michigan had its first six-win season since 1995 with a 30-17 victory over Buffalo. The win not only gave Head Coach Ron English’s team a 6-4 overall record, and a 4-2 MAC mark, but more importantly it kept Eastern Michigan’s hopes alive to not only be bowl eligible but also to have a chance at winning the MAC West Division title. Eagles’ quarterback Alex Gillett turned in another outstanding performance, tying his own single-game record with four touchdown passes. He completed 10-of-15 passes for 234 yards and also led the Eagles in rushing with 89 yards.
Ohio rushed its way to a 43-28 victory at Central Michigan Thursday night, solidifying its position atop the East Division. The Bobcat offense surpassed 500 total yards for the fourth time in 2011, thanks in large part to 309 total rushing yards. Running back Beau Blankenship led the way for the Bobcats, rushing 25 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns. He was followed closely by Ryan Boykin, who gained 97 yards on 16 carries.
Bowling Green WR Kamar Jorden had eight catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-14 loss to Northern Illinois. Jorden opened the game with an 83-yard touchdown, the fifth longest touchdown pass in school history.
Kent State RB Trayion Durham ran for a career-high 107 yards and two touchdowns in Kent State’s 35-3 win over Akron. He averaged 4.5 yards on 24 carries as the Golden Flashes had 265 rushing yards, their most since 2008.
Toledo RB Adonis Thomas rushed for a career-high 216 yards and scored two TDs in a 66-63 win over Western Michigan. Thomas also caught five passes for 77 yards and another score.
Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish led the Huskies in both rushing (17 carries for 151 yards and a TD) and passing (16-of-26 passing, 294 yards, 2 TDs) to account for 445 yards of total offense in a 45-14 win at Bowling Green.
…Nick’s Picks went 5-1 last week and now stand at 70-22 on the season…
This Week’s Games:
- Tuesday, November 15
- Ball State at Northern Illinois, 8:00 pm ET (ESPNU HD)
- Wednesday, November 16
- Ohio at Bowling Green, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN HD)
- Western Michigan at Miami, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2 HD)
- Friday, November 18
- Toledo at Central Michigan, 8:00 pm ET (ESPNU HD)
- Saturday, November 19
- Akron at Buffalo, Noon ET (Time Warner Cable SportsNet)
- Eastern Michigan at Kent State, 1:00 pm
- Army at Temple, 1:00 pm ET (ESPN3)
Ball State (6-4, 4-2 MAC) at Northern Illinois (7-3, 5-1 MAC)
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 • 8:00 pm ET • DeKalb, Ill. • Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium (24,000); ESPNU Series: Ball State leads 20-16-2
Nick’s Pick: NIU 45 – Ball State 27
Comment: The Huskies are determined to win their first MAC title since 1982 and are playing terrific football. Ball State, like Eastern Michigan, is the surprise of the league. Don’t be stunned if this game goes down to the wire, the Cardinals have playmakers on both sides of the ball.
Ohio (7-3, 4-2 MAC) at Bowling Green (4-6, 2-4 MAC)
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 • 8:00 pm ET • Bowling Green, Ohio • Doyt L. Perry Stadium (24,000); ESPN; Series: Bowling Green leads 36-24-2
Nick’s Pick: Ohio 27 – BGSU 16
Comment: The Bobcats have not won the MAC since 1968, they like NIU are eyeing up a MAC title for the first time in several decades.
Western Michigan (5-5, 3-3 MAC) at Miami (4-6, 3-3 MAC)
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 • 8:00 pm ET • Oxford, Ohio • Yager Stadium (24,286)
ESPN2; Series: Miami leads 37-18-1
Nick’s Pick: Western 38 – Miami 33
Comment: Probably the toss-up game of the week in the MAC as both teams have outside shots at a bowl game; Western’s offense is more prolific than Miami’s right now and that should carry the Broncos over the top.
Toledo (6-4, 5-1 MAC) at Central Michigan (3-8, 2-5 MAC)
Friday, November 18, 2011 • 8:00 pm ET • Mount Pleasant, Mich. • Kelly/Shorts Stadium (30,255); ESPNU; Series: Series tied 18-18-3
Nick’s Pick: Toledo 51 – Central 42
Comment: The big question is will Toledo give up 63 points again for the third straight week?
Akron (1-9, 0-6 MAC) at Buffalo (2-8, 1-5 MAC)
Saturday, November 19, 2011 • Noon ET • Buffalo, N.Y. • UB Stadium (29,013)
Time Warner Cable SportsNet • Streamed Live via www.mac-sports.com; Series: Buffalo leads 9-3
Nick’s Pick: Buffalo 26 – Akron 17
Comment: The battle for the bottom and quite possibly the last chance for a win during the Rob Ianello era as he is 2-20 in his second season…there may not be a third.
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Eastern Michigan (6-4, 4-2 MAC) at Kent State (4-6, 3-3 MAC)
Saturday, November 19, 2011 • 1:00 pm ET • Kent, Ohio • Dix Stadium (25,000)
Live Streaming via www.mac-sports.com; Series: Kent State leads 15-13
Nick’s Pick: Kent State 21 – Eastern 20
Comment: Who would have guessed that this game would have real league implications? Kent State is still in the hunt for an east division title and Eastern is playing for a chance to be in just their second bowl game in program history, the previous time being in1987.
Army (3-7, Independent) at Temple (6-4, 4-3 MAC)
Saturday, November 19, 2011 • 1:00 pm ET • Philadelphia, Pa. • Lincoln Financial Field (68,532); ESPN3 • Live Streaming via www.mac-sports.com; Series: Series tied 4-4
Nick’s Pick: Temple 38 – Army 20
Comment: The Owls are building their post season resume.