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Nick’s Picks for Week #4 - MAC Football

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MAC Football Notes:

  • Ohio improved to 3-0 on the season with a 27-24 victory over Marshall. Matt Weller’s field goal with 97 seconds left put the `Cats ahead for good and a late Jelani Woseley interception sealed the victory; with the win, Ohio has started 2-0 on the road for the first time since 1976…this victory marks the second straight season in which the Bobcats have opened with three straight wins and also marked the first time Ohio had beaten the Thundering Herd in back-to-back seasons since 1979 and 1980

  • Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton moved into fourth place all-time in the Ohio record books for career completions, going 20-of-35 through the air for 200 yards and three touchdowns. Bobcats running back Beau Blankenship led the Bobcats rushing 30 times for 107 yards

  • NIU QB Jordan Lynch, who threw for a career high 342 yards and added 125 rushing yards on 13 carries…his 467 yards of total offense is the third-highest total in school history

  • Ball State defeated Big Ten foe Indiana 41-39 Saturday night at Memorial Stadium on a game winning 42-yard field goal by Steven Schott as time expired; the game would come down to the fourth quarter, after Indiana scored a touchdown with 49 seconds left in the contest after a six-play, 77-yard drive

  • Toledo QB Terrance Owens completed 20-of-28 passes for 303 yards to lead Toledo to a 27-15 victory over arch-rival Bowling Green before a capacity crowd of 28,115 at the Glass Bowl; the victory was the Rockets’ third straight vs. the Falcons

  • Akron head coach Terry Bowden got his first win at UA in record fashion as the Zips set or tied six team and two individual school records, in addition to one conference mark, in a 66-6 win over Morgan State; Akron’s 66 points and 753 yards of total offense broke a nine-year mark set on Sept. 20, 2003, against Howard (65 points, 692 yards)…the Zips also finished with a program-best 43 first downs, also in that contest against Howard. UA set a school record for completions as well with 44 and set the program and MAC mark for passing yards (565) posting the third-most offensive yards in league history with 753

  • Dareyon Chance had a career day carrying the ball 29 times for 144 yards in Western’s 28-23 loss at Minnesota

  • Toledo freshman WR Alonzo Russell caught a season-best 6 catches for 152 yards including a 66-yard TD bomb

  • Ball State WR Jamill Smith set a career high with nine catches and compiled 194 all-purpose yards



This Week’s MAC Schedule

  • Wednesday, September 19

    • Kent State at Buffalo, 7:00 pm ET (ESPNU)

  • Saturday, September 15

    • Bowling Green at Virginia Tech, Noon ET (ESPNU)

    • Central Michigan at Iowa, Noon ET (Big Ten Network)

    • UMass at Miami, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

    • Connecticut at Western Michigan, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

    • Norfolk State at Ohio, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

    • Eastern Michigan at Michigan State, 3:30 pm ET (Big Ten Network)

    • Kansas at Northern Illinois, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3)

    • South Florida at Ball State, 4:30 pm ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

    • Coastal Carolina at Toledo, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

    • Akron at Tennessee, 7:30 pm ET (ESPN3/Comcast Sports South)

Bowling Green at Virginia Tech

Saturday, September 22, 2012 • Noon ET • Blacksburg, Va. • Lane Stadium (65,115) ESPNU Series: Virginia Tech leads 2-0

Notes: Bowling Green lost 27-15 at Toledo...DT Chris Jones recorded two sacks

versus the Rockets and now have 19 for his career, which ranks fifth all-time in BGSU history...RB Anthon Samuel recorded his seventh 100-yard game of his career and now has 1,062 career rushing yards, becoming the 35th player in school history to surpass 1,000 career rushing yards. V-Tech suffered a 35-17 loss to Pittsburgh...Virginia Tech turned the ball over four times in the first half and gave up 305 yards of total offense in the first 20 minutes...QB Logan Thomas completed 14 of 31 for 265 yards, with a touchdown and three interceptions...WR Marcus Davis caught four passes for 129 yards and a touchdown...Tech only rushed for 59 yards in the loss to Pitt.

Nick’s Pick: V-Tech 33 – BGSU 16

Comment: The Hokies were shocked by a very bad Pitt team last week and need someone to take their frustrations out on, sadly BG is up next. The Falcons defense is good enough to keep them in the game.



Central Michigan at Iowa

Saturday, September 22, 2012 • Noon ET • Iowa City, IA • Kinnick Stadium (70,397) Big Ten Network; Series: Iowa leads 2-0

Notes: Central Michigan had a bye last week...Chippewas begin a stretch of

playing next three games on the road (at Iowa, at Northern Illinois, at Toledo)...

Program set a new attendance record at Kelly/Shorts stadium of 35,127 in last

home game vs. Michigan State...In 2 games Central Michigan has yet to be penalized, the only team in the NCAA that has yet to be penalized. Iowa piled up 429 yards, including 201 on the ground, in a 27-16 victory over FCS No. 6 Northern Iowa last Saturday...RB Mark Weisman led Iowa in rushing with 113 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries, while RB Damon Bullock finished with 77 yards on 13 carries...QB James Vandenberg completed 18-of-28 passing attempts for 228 yards.

Nick’s Pick: Iowa 44 – Central 21

Comment: The Hawkeyes are certainly a beatable Big Ten team unfortunately Brian Kelly or Butch Jones are no longer coaching in Mount Pleasant.



UMass at Miami

Saturday, September 22, 2012 • Noon ET • Oxford, Ohio • Yager Stadium (24,286); ESPN Regional • ESPN Plus • ESPN Game Plan • ESPN3; Series: First Meeting

Notes: UMass suffered a 63-13 loss at Michigan last Saturday...K Brendon Levengood hit field goals of 25 and 32 yards, which tied his career high (vs. Central Connecticut on Oct. 8, 2011)...DB Christian Birt’s interception was the second of his career; the return for the touchdown marked his first collegiate score...RB Michael Cox had a season-best 76 yards on 18 carries. Miami lost a 39-12 game at Boise State last Saturday...K Kaleb Patterson put Miami on the scoreboard with a career-long 45-yard field goal early in the second...Redshirt freshman RB Spencer Treadwell threw his first career pass in the second quarter, hitting Andy Cruse for a two-yard touchdown pass and marked the first touchdown pass by a non-QB since 2004.

Nick’s Pick: Miami 26 – UMass 10

Comment: This will be a real litmus test for UMass to see how they will stack up against the MAC after playing three straight BCS teams.



UConn at Western Michigan

Saturday, September 22, 2012 • 2:00 pm ET • Kalamazoo, Mich. • Waldo Stadium (30,200); ESPN3; Series: Tied 1-1

Notes: UConn beat Maryland 24-21 as defense recorded six sacks in the contest and held Maryland to just 205 total yards of offense...Nick Williams’ 58-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter was a career-long and his first for a touchdown in his career...RB Lyle McCombs finished with 94 yards rushing. Western Michigan fell 28-23 at Minnesota last Saturday...RB Dareyon Chance had career-best 144 yards rushing on 29 carries, the first 100-yard rushing effort against a Big Ten opponent since Bruno Heppel (137) at Indiana in 1995...Broncos play next three at home--UConn, Toledo, UMass.

Nick’s Pick: UConn 28 – Western 20

Comment: Huskie coach Paul Pasqualoni is not flashy but he is a very good coach who had a lot of success at Syracuse in the 1990s. Expect a tight game and yes this is a game the Broncos should and could win – will they though?



Norfolk State at Ohio

Saturday, September 22, 2012 • 2:00 pm ET • Athens, Ohio • Peden Stadium (24,000) ESPN3

Series: First Meeting

Notes: Norfolk State suffered a 37-36 loss in OT on a blocked extra point last

Saturday vs. Howard...QB Nico Flores totaled 423 yards of total offense in the loss...Spotted Howard a 23-0 lead in the first half, before forcing overtime. Ohio earned a 27-24 win at Marshall on Saturday...Ohio QB Tyler Tettleton completed 20-of-35 of his passes and now has totaled 342 career completions, which ranks fourth all-time...Tettleton now has 35 career touchdown passes and is just three TD passes shy of tying former Bobcat signal caller Boo Jackson for the all-time school record.

Nick’s Pick: Ohio 48 – Norfolk State 12

Comment: A breather for the Bobcats this weekend



Eastern Michigan at Michigan State

Saturday, September 22, 2012 • 3:30 pm ET • East Lansing, Mich. • Spartan Stadium (72,027)

Big Ten Network; Series: Michigan State leads 8-0

Notes: The Eagles suffered a 54-16 loss at Purdue on Saturday...RB Dominique Sheerer led Eastern Michigan with 73 yards on 12 carries...Eagles offense managed 313 yards of offense...QB Alex Gillett was 9-of-15 passing for 66 yards...P Jay Karutz averaged 43.9 yards per punt, with three downed inside the 20. Notre Dame (20-3 win) ended Michigan State’s 15-game home winning streak-the fifth-longest in school history...Michigan State failed to score a touchdown at home for the first time since the 1991 season opener vs. Central Michigan (a 20-3 loss)...The Spartans also matched their lowest point total scored under Mark Dantonio (2011: 20-3 loss at Nebraska).

Nick’s Pick: Michigan State 51 – Eastern 3

Comment: Not a good week to be playing MSU



Kansas at Northern Illinois

Saturday, September 22, 2012 • 3:30 pm ET • DeKalb, Ill. • Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium (24,000); ESPN3; Series: Tied 1-1

Notes: Kansas lost 20-6 to TCU last Saturday...QB Dayne Crist passed for a

season-best 303 yards and became the first Kansas quarterback to pass for more than 300 yards since Jordan Webb threw for 316 yards at Oklahoma State last season...Kansas has 12 turnovers through three games, including four against TCU...Last season the Jayhawks had 18 turnovers all season. The Huskies beat Army 41-40...QB Jordan Lynch gained 467 yards of total offense in the game, the third highest single game total in NIU history and the most since Harnish set the record with 519 a year ago versus Ball State... NIU converted eight-of-nine third down attempts in the game with two of NIU’s touchdowns coming on third down plays.

Nick’s Pick: NIU 34 – Kansas 33

Comment: Expect another barn-burner this week NIU fans



South Florida at Ball State

Saturday, September 22, 2012 • 4:30 pm ET • Muncie, Ind. • Scheumann Stadium (22,500)

ESPN Regional • ESPN Plus • ESPN Game Plan • ESPN3; Series: South Florida leads 1-0

Notes: South Florida lost 23-13 to Rutgers...QB B.J. Daniels recorded his fourth 50+yard pass of the season with his 58-yard toss to Terrence Mitchell in the second quarter...WR Terrence Mitchell set a career-high with 83 receiving yards including a career-long 58-yard reception. The Cardinals defeated Indiana, 41-39 last Saturday, and marked third consecutive win over the Hoosiers...QB Keith Wenning threw three touchdown passes to move into a tie with Dave Wilson (1976-79) for fifth place on Ball State’s career touchdown passes list with 36...Wenning threw for 222 yards to move into fourth place on Ball State’s career passing yardage list with 4,776 yards

Nick’s Pick: USF 31 – Ball State 19

Comment: The Bulls have better athletes and as the game wears on their size and speed will prevail



Coastal Carolina at Toledo

Saturday, September 22, 2012 • 7:00 pm ET • Toledo, Ohio • Glass Bowl (26,248) ESPN3

Series: First Meeting

Notes: UCC suffered a 35-17 loss to Eastern Kentucky last Saturday...QB Aramis

Hillary led the Chants on the ground and through the air with 41 rushing yards on 10 attempts and 205 passing yards while going 24-of-37 with a touchdown and an interception...WR Niccolo Mastromatteo led the receivers with 96 yards and a touchdown. Toledo beat Bowling Green, 27-15...Toledo finished with a 452-351 edge in total yards, converting an impressive 7-of-14 on third down...QB Terrance Owens went the distance for a second straight game and completed 20-of-28 passes for 303 yards with one TD...Owens surpassed the 300-yard plateau for the second consecutive contest and fourth time in his collegiate career.

Nick’s Pick: Toledo 66 – UCC 13

Comment: A chance for the Rockets to pad their stats



Akron at Tennessee

Saturday, September 22, 2012 • 7:30 pm ET • Knoxville, Tenn. • Neyland Stadium (102,037)

ESPN3 • ESPN Game Plan • Comcast Sports South; Series: Tennessee leads 1-0

Notes: The Zips rolled over Morgan State, 66-6 last Saturday... Akron’s 66 points and 753 yards of total offense broke a nine-year mark set on Sept. 20, 2003, against Howard (65 points, 692 yards)...Zips also finished with a program-best 43 first downs, also in that contest against Howard. UA set a school record for completions as well with 44. Tennessee suffered a 37-20 loss to Florida...The 42-yard first-quarter pass play from Tyler Bray to Justin Hunter was Tennessee’s sixth offensive play of 40 or more yards this season...RB Rajion Neal ran for 87 yards on 23 carries, the most by a Vol since Montario Hardesty ran for 96 in 2009.

Nick’s Pick: Tennessee 42 – Akron 21

Comment: The Zips are fired up after last week’s win and should compete for a half



Nicks Picks went 7-2 this weekend and stand at 29-5 on the season


Nick’s Pick: NIU 28 – Army 20

Actual: NIU 41 – Army 40

Good win for the Huskies


Nick’s Pick: Purdue 42 – Eastern 17

Actual: Purdue 54 – Eastern 16

What has happened to the Eagles’ improvement from last year?


Nick’s Pick: Western 31 – Minnesota 27

Actual: Minnesota 28 – Western 23

We let one slip away here


Nick’s Pick: Michigan 52 – UMass 0

Actual: Michigan 63 – UMass 13

UMass scored !


Nick’s Pick: Akron 41 – Morgan State 31

Actual: Akron 66 – Morgan St 6

Wow! Coach Bowden is getting it turned around quickly


Nick’s Pick: Boise State 55 – Miami 14

Actual: Boise State 39 – Miami 12

Not a bad showing for the RedHawks


Nick’s Pick: Ohio 44 – Marshall 36

Actual: Ohio 27 – Marshall 24

Great game and a terrific road win for the Bobcats, can they go undefeated?


Nick’s Pick: Toledo 38 – BG 34

Actual: Toledo 27 – BG 15

Rockets’ defense shows up and plays well


Nick’s Pick: Indiana 27 – Ball State 23

Actual: Ball State 41 – Indiana 39

Nice win Cards! I wanted to pick you but chickened’ out


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