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Nick’s Picks for Week #5 - MAC Football

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MAC Football Notes:

  • The MAC had a very impressive weekend with four wins over BCS AQ conference opponents (Big Ten, Big East, Big 12) and went 6-3 overall in non-conference action. Central Michigan defeated Iowa 32-31; Western Michigan beat UConn 30-24; Northern Illinois topped Kansas 30-23 and Ball State beat South Florida 31-27

  • Toledo QB Terrance Owens threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns on 27-of-36 passing in a 38-28 win over Coastal Carolina

  • UMass RB Michael Cox had a career-high 188 yards rushing on 30 carries with a pair of touchdowns in a 27-16 loss at Miami

  • Eastern Michigan TE Garrett Hoskins caught eight passes for 102 yards (12.8 avg.) in a 23-7 loss at Michigan State

  • Western Michigan WR Josh Schaffer recorded his second career 100-yard receiving game with 104 yards and one touchdown in a 30-24 win over UConn

  • Kent State RB Trayion Durham ran for a career-high 112 yards and caught two passes for 47 yards in a 23-7 win at Buffalo

  • Akron WR Marquelo Suel caught a career-high 12 passes for 92 yards in a 47-26 loss at Tennessee

  • Ohio QB Derrius Vick made his first career start and helped the Bobcats to a convincing 44-10 win over Norfolk State as Ohio improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1976. Vick was 14-of-20 for 199 yards and four touchdown passes

  • Northern Illinois DE Joe Windsor came up with two huge sacks for 13 yards and four tackles in a 30-23 win over Kansas

  • UMass LB Kassan Messiah had 10 tackles including one sack and two TFL’s in his first collegiate game in a 27-16 loss at Miami

  • Toledo LB Dan Molls collected a game-high 14 tackles, one sack and one pass broken up in a 38-28 win over Coastal Carolina

  • Miami LB Chris Wade racked up 11 tackles, including eight solo stops, and one quarterback hurry as the RedHawks won their first-ever game against UMass, 27-16

  • Ohio LB Alphonzo Lewis led the Bobcats defense as he registered six total tackles and forced one fumble to help Ohio in their victory

  • Akron DB Avis Commack picked off a pass and returned it 44 yards for a score 35 seconds into Akron’s game at Tennessee

  • Buffalo LB Khalil Mack had a career-high 12 tackles, including two sacks, and four tackles for loss in a 23-7 loss to Kent State


This Week’s MAC Schedule - Saturday, September 29

  • Ball State at Kent State, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

  • Buffalo at Connecticut, Noon ET (ESPN3) * Miami at Akron, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

  • Rhode Island at Bowling Green, 3:30 pm ET (BCSN/ESPN3); (stream live on

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

  • Ohio at UMass, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3)

  • Toledo at Western Michigan, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

  • Bye Week: Eastern Michigan

Ball State at Kent State

Saturday, September 29, 2012 • Noon ET • Kent, Ohio • Dix Stadium (25,000); ESPN Regional • ESPN Game Plan • ESPN Plus • ESPN3; Series: Ball State leads 19-6

Notes: The Cardinals defeated South Florida 31-27 last Saturday...Ball State is now off to a 3-1 start for the second consecutive season...Cardinals defeated a BCS AQ conference opponent for the second week in a row (South Florida, Indiana)...WR Willie Snead caught a career-high 11 passes for 135 yards...QB Keith Wenning made his 26th consecutive start for Ball State. Kent State beat Buffalo 23-7 on Sept. 19...Golden Flashes won a MAC

opener for the first time since 2009...Kent State eclipsed 400 yards of total offense for the second straight game, first time since 2010...RB Trayion Durham (112) and Dri Archer (127) become the first tandem to each rush for over 100 yards in a game since Julian Edelman and Eugene Jarvis in 2008 at Buffalo.

Nick’s Pick: Ball State 28 – Kent State 21

Comment: The Golden Flashes do not have the offense to match Ball State


Buffalo at UConn

Saturday, September 29, 2012 • Noon ET • Storrs, CT • Rentschler Field (40,000); ESPN3

Series: UConn leads 15-4

Notes: Buffalo suffered a 23-7 loss to Kent State on Sept. 19... Buffalo was held

to a season-low 267 yards of total offense...RB Branden Oliver rushed for 77 yards in the first half before exiting the game due to injury...LB Khalil Mack finished with a career-high 12 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks and a pass breakup. UConn lost at Western Michigan last week 30-24...QB Chandler Whitmer was 28 of 44 for 333 yards passing and three touchdowns, while RB Lyle McCombs rushed for 119 yards and WR Geremy Davis caught nine passes for 123 yards...UConn had a 425-330 advantage in total yards.

Nick’s Pick: UConn 37 – Buffalo 10

Comment: The Huskies will not lose two in a row to the MAC


Miami at Akron

Saturday, September 29, 2012 • 2:00 pm ET • Akron, Ohio • InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field (27,881); ESPN3; Series: Miami leads 15-5-1

Notes: Miami beat UMass 27-16 last Saturday...RedHawks finished with a season-high 216 rushing yards on 42 carries...WR Dawan Scott hauled in a pair of touchdown passes in the second quarter, marking his first career multi-touchdown game...QB Zac Dysert finished 12-for-22 through the air for 192 yards and three passing touchdowns. The Zips suffered a 47-26 loss at Tennessee...QB Dalton Williams finished 27-of-49 for 229 yards and his 121 completions through four games broke Charlie Frye’s school mark for completions over a four-game stretch (110), which was set during the 2003 season...WR Marquelo Suel hauled in a career-high 12 passes for 92 yards while WR Zach D’Orazio finished with six grabs for 72 yards.

Nick’s Pick: Miami 35 – Akron 33

Comment: This is a gut check game for both teams; don’t be surprised if Akron pulls off the mild upset


Rhode Island at BGSU

Saturday, September 29, 2012 • 3:30 pm ET • Bowling Green, Ohio • Doyt L. Perry Stadium (24,000); BCSN • ESPN3; Series: First Meeting

Notes: Lost 32-7 to James Madison last Saturday...WR Brandon Johnson-Farrell

became the sixth player in school history to eclipse 4,000 all-purpose yards in a career after a 56-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter, and finished the game with 108 all-purpose yards. Bowling Green suffered a 37-0 loss at Virginia Tech on Saturday...Bowling Green defense was highlighted by sacks from Chris Jones and Ted Oullet, while Darrell Hunter led with 8 total tackles, while also collecting his second career interception...Falcons play two of the next three at home (vs. Rhode Island; at Akron; vs. Miami).

Nick’s Pick: BGSU 41 – Rhode Island 12

Comment: After a brutal September schedule the Falcons deserve this breather


Central Michigan at Northern Illinois

Saturday, September 29, 2012 • 3:30 pm ET • DeKalb, Ill. • Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium; 24,000); ESPN3; Series: Central Michigan leads 25-21-1

Notes: Central Michigan beat Iowa 32-31 on Saturday...K David Harman was

4-4 on field goals including the game winning 47-yarder...QB Ryan Radcliff was 26-of-35 passing for 283 yards and two touchdowns...Radcliff started the game by completing his first eight consecutive passes...Scored nine points in the final 45 seconds to beat Iowa. NIU defeated Kansas 30-23 on Saturday...QB Jordan Lynch accounted for 369 yards of total offense with 235 yards passing and two touchdowns and 134 yards rushing...Huskies extended its school-record Huskie Stadium winning streak to 17 games...Offense combined for 455 yards of total offense, the third consecutive game with 400 yards of offense or more.

Nick’s Pick: NIU 40 – Central 34

Comment: Look for a lot of fireworks in DeKalb Saturday



Ohio at UMass

Saturday, September 29, 2012 • 3:30 pm ET • Foxboro, MA • Gillette Stadium (68,756); ESPN3

Series: First Meeting

Notes: Ohio earned a 44-10 win over Norfolk State on Saturday...Bobcats improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1976...QB Derrius Vick made his first career start and was 14-of-20 passing for 199 yards and four touchdowns...Defense forced Norfolk State into a season high five turnovers. UMass suffered a 27-16 loss at Miami on Saturday...RB Michael Cox had a career-high 188 yards rushing and two touchdowns...Cox had eight carries for ten or more yards and picked up nine of the teams 26 first downs...LB Kassan Messiah led the team with 10 tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss in his first collegiate game.

Nick’s Pick: Ohio 35 – UMass 7

Comment: UMass just doesn’t have enough DI-A players to compete


Toledo at Western Michigan

Saturday, September 29, 2012 • 7:00 pm ET • Kalamazoo, Mich. • Waldo Stadium (30,000); ESPN3; Series: Toledo leads 38-28

Notes: Toledo defeated Coastal Carolina 38-28 on Saturday...WR Bernard Reedy had a career-high 10 receptions for 122 yards and 1 TD...Freshman WR Alonzo Russell had a season-high seven catches for 97 yards...Toledo was 5-of-6 in red zone opportunities...DE Jayrone Elliot had a career-high two sacks and three tackles in the win. Western Michigan beat UConn 30-24 last Saturday...Marked the second consecutive season to beat UConn...WR Jaime Wilson (8-100) had his third consecutive 100-yard receiving game and Josh Schaffer (6-104-1 TD) his second career 100-yard effort and the duo became the first receiving duo to top 100-yards in the same game since last year (Jordan White and Chleb Ravenell).

Nick’s Pick: Toledo 45 – Western 41

Comment: We had the Broncos winning until yesterday’s announcement that QB Alex Carder was out; that’s a big blow for any program to overcome


Nicks Picks went 7-3 this weekend and stand at 36-8 on the season




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