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2011 MAC Football Picks - Week #12 Preview

 

MAC Notes:

  • The 2011 Marathon MAC Football Championship Game is Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 pm at Ford Field in Detroit on ESPN2.
  • Buffalo ’s Brandon Oliver set the Buffalo Division I-A record by rushing for a career-best 235 yards on 29 carries (8.1 per carry) and scored a pair of touchdowns in a 51-10 win over Akron. Oliver’s performance broke the record set by James Starks (231).
  • NIU’s Chandler Harnish broke the Northern Illinois record for total offense yards in a game by amassing 519 total yards in the Huskies’ 31-28 win over Ball State Tuesday night at Huskie Stadium. His 519 yards of total offense is tied for third most by any player in FBS this season.
  • Western Michigan QB Alex Carder threw for 429 yards on 36-for-57 passing and three touchdowns in Western Michigan’s 24-21 win at Miami to make the Broncos bowl eligible for the fifth time in seven seasons.
  • Eastern Michigan RB Dominique Sherrer became the first running back to rush for more than 100-yards in game against the Golden Flashes this season. The Cincinnati, Ohio native finished the game with 136 yards on 24 carries.
  • Toledo RB Adonis Thomas rushed for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns on 21 carries at Central Michigan, topping the century mark for the third-consecutive game and ninth time in his career.
  • Ohio QB Tyler Tettleton accounted for a pair of touchdowns (one rushing and one passing) in a 29-28 win at Bowling Green. He also passed for 194 yards and rushed for a career-high 128 yards.
  • Kent State WR Tyshon Goode helped in a 28-22 victory over Eastern Michigan with receptions of 70, 27, and 24 yards. He finished with five catches, a touchdown, a two-point conversion and 129 of Kent State’s 173 yards through the air.
  • Temple RB Matt Brown and RB Bernard Pierce each rushed for over 100 yards, helping Temple to a season-high five rushing touchdowns in a 42-14 win over Army. Brown rushed eight times for 133 yards and two touchdowns and finished with 180 all-purpose yards. Pierce finished with 157 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries.

 

MAC National Statistical Leaders:

  • Rushing Yards Per Game:
    • 12th Bernard Pierce-Temple: 224 att., 1,192 yds., 22 TDs (119.2 avg.)
    • 15th Brandon Oliver-Buffalo: 272 att., 1,268 yds., 12 TDs (115.3 avg.)
    • 17th Chandler Harnish-NIU: 155 att., 1,203 yds., 10 TDs (109.4 avg.)
  • Passing Yards Per Game:
    • 8th Alex Carder-WMU: 299-445 pass, 3,434 yds., 28 TDs (312.2 avg.)
    • 14th Zac Dysert-Miami: 260-395 pass, 3,141 yds., 22 TDs (285.6 avg.)
    • 19th Ryan Radcliff-CMU: 257-453 pass, 3,286 yds., 25 TDs (273.8 avg.)
  • Total Passing Yards:
    • 8th Alex Carder-WMU: 3,434 yds., 299-445 passing, 28 TDs
    • 10th Ryan Radcliff-CMU: 3,286 yds., 257-453 passing, 25 TDs
    • 14th Zac Dysert-Miami: 3,141 yds., 260-395 passing, 22 TDs
    • 24th Matt Schilz-BGSU: 2,788 yds., 231-380 passing, 24 TDs
  • Passing Efficiency:
    • 9th Terrance Owens-Toledo: 120-174 pass, 1,545 yds., 11 TDs (160.9 avg.)
    • 12th Chandler Harnish-NIU: 194-303 pass, 2,594 yds., 22 TDs (157.3 avg.)
    • 20th Austin Dantin-Toledo: 120-185 pass, 1,398 yds., 15 TDs (151.9 avg.)
    • 22nd Alex Carder-WMU: 299-445 pass, 3,434 yds., 28 TDs (150.8 avg.)
    • 23rd Tyler Tettleton-Ohio: 210-330 passing, 2,665 yds., 23 TDs (150.8 avg.)
  • Receiving Yards Per Game:
    • 1st Jordan White-WMU: 120 rec., 1,508 yds., 14 TDs, (137.1 avg.)
    • 4th Nick Harwell-Miami: 83 rec., 1,262 yds., 8 TDs, (126.6 avg.)
    • 21st Kamar Jorden-BGSU: 75 rec., 1,015 yds., 10 TDs, (92.3 avg.)
  • Total Receiving Yards
    • 1st Jorden White-WMU: 1,508 yds., 120 rec., 14 TDs
    • 5th Nick Harwell-MIA: 1,262 yds., 83 rec., 8 TDs
    • 20th Kamar Jorden-BGSU: 1,015 yds., 75 rec., 10 TDs
  • All Purpose Yards
    • 6th Donte Harden-Ohio: 168.7 avg.
    • 7th Eric Page-Toledo: 167.9 avg.
    • 11th Jordan White-WMU: 157.0 avg.
    • 23rd Matt Brown-Temple: 145.0 avg.
  • Total Offense:
    • 6th Alex Carder-WMU: 350.4 ypg
    • 7th Chandler Harnish-NIU: 345.2 ypg
    • 19th Zac Dysert-Miami: 290.8 ypg
    • 21st Tyler Tettleton-Ohio: 285.3 ypg
  • Scoring:
    • 3rd Bernard Pierce-Temple: 132 points, 22 rushing TDs, (13.2 ppg)
    • 13th Matt Sims-NIU: 107 points, (9.7 ppg)
    • 14th Matt Weller-Ohio: 106 points, (9.6 ppg)
    • 19th Jasmin Hopkins-NIU: 96 points, (8.7 ppg)
  • Points Responsible For:
    • 5th Alex Carder-WMU: 19.2 ppg
    • 12th Chandler Harnish-NIU: 17.6 ppg
    • 15th Tyler Tettleton-Ohio: 16.9 ppg

…Nick’s Picks went 7-0 last week and now stand at 77-22 on the season…

This Week’s Games:

  • Tuesday, November 22
    • Miami at Ohio, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN2 HD)
  • Friday, November 25
    • Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois, 11:00 am ET (ESPNU)
    • Bowling Green at Buffalo, Noon ET
    • Kent State at Temple, Noon ET
    • Akron at Western Michigan, 1:00 pm ET
    • Toledo at Ball State, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN3)


Nick's Picks:

 

Miami (4-7, 3-4 MAC) at Ohio (8-3, 5-2 MAC)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 • 7:00 pm ET • Athens, Ohio • Peden Stadium (24,000)

ESPN2; Series: Miami leads 51-34-2

Nick’s Pick: Ohio 34 – Miami 30

Comment: All Frank Solich does is win football games and yet he never seems to get the recognition he deserves. OU is already in the MACC and if they win the MAC it will be their first conference title since 1968.

 

Eastern Michigan (6-5, 4-3 MAC) at Northern Illinois (8-3, 6-1 MAC)

Friday, November 25, 2011 • 11:00 am ET • DeKalb, Ill. • Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium (24,000); ESPNU; Series: Northern Illinois leads 25-14-2

Nick’s Pick: NIU 38 – Eastern 27

Comment: EMU coach Ron English is the hands down favorite to win the MAC Coach of the Year honors…two years removed from an 0-12 season the Eagles have a shot at a 7-5 record if they can win in DeKalb. NIU needs to win to play in the MACC and they have been playing the best football over the past month in the league so expect them to win on Friday.

 

Kent State (5-6, 4-3 MAC) at Temple (7-4, 4-3 MAC)

Friday, November 25, 2011 • Noon ET • Philadelphia, Pa. • Lincoln Financial Stadium (68,532); Streamed live via ww.mac-sports.com; Series: Temple leads 3-2

Nick’s Pick: Temple 27 – Kent State 17

Comment: Two of the better defenses the MAC have to offer will be on display at “the Linc” but expect more offense than advertised. KSU is averaging 26-points per game over their past four outings, all wins; while Temple has put up 42 points against Army and 38 against Maryland this year.

 


 

Bowling Green (4-7, 2-5 MAC) at Buffalo (3-8, 2-5 MAC)

Friday, November 25, 2011 • Noon ET • Buffalo, N.Y. • UB Stadium (29,013); Time Warner Cable SportsNet • Streamed live via www.mac-sports.com; Series: Bowling Green leads 5-3

Nick’s Pick: Buffalo 24 – BGSU 21

Comment: Both teams expected more out of this season back in August. The Falcons have been crushed in their last four road games this year while Buffalo has beaten MAC East division winner ( Ohio) at home and nearly pulled off an upset of west leader NIU (30-31) at UB Stadium.

 

Akron (1-10, 0-7 MAC) at Western Michigan (6-5, 4-3 MAC)

Friday, November 25, 2011 • 1:00 pm ET • Kalamazoo, Mich. • Waldo Stadium (30,200); Streamed Live via www.mac-sports.com; Series: Western Michigan leads 12-4

Nick’s Pick: Western 48 – Akron 13

Comment: The season can’t come quick enough for the Zips and this will likely be the last game for coach Rob Ianello who enters this game with a dreadful 2-21 record. Western will become a very attractive bowl team with a 7-5 record and an offense full of playmakers that ranks 22 nd in the nation.

 

Toledo (7-4, 6-1 MAC) at Ball State (6-5, 4-3 MAC)

Friday, November 25, 2011 • 2:00 pm ET • Muncie, Ind. • Scheumann Stadium (22,500);

ESPN3; Series: Toledo leads 18-17

Nick’s Pick: Toledo 37 – Ball State 35

Comment: The Cardinals always give the Rockets fits as this nearly dead-even series indicates and Muncie IN has been a house of horrors for the Rockets over the past twenty years. Likely the most entertaining game on the MAC slate this weekend.

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