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Nick’s Picks for Week #7 - MAC Football
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This Week’s MAC Schedule - Saturday, October 13
Navy at Central Michigan
Friday, October 12, 2012 • 8 pm ET • Mt. Pleasant, Mich. • Kelly/Shorts Stadium (30,255) ESPN2
Series: Navy leads 2-0
Notes: Navy defeated Air Force 28-21...Right guard Jake Zuzek recovered QB Keenan Reynolds’ fumbled snap in the end zone, and Navy beat Air Force to regain the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy...QB Trey Miller rushed for 110 yards before hurting his left ankle on a scramble with just under 10 minutes remaining. Central Michigan suffered a 50-35 loss at Toledo...WR Cody Wilson extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 34 games...Central Michigan forced three turnovers (2 fumbles, 1 interception) in a game for the first time since causing four fumbles in a 26-22 win versus Western Michigan on November 5, 2010.
Nick’s Pick: Navy 34 – Central 21
Comment: The Chips will be competitive but under Dan Enos (8-21) they cannot seem to string together a winning streak
Kent State at Army
Saturday, October 13, 2012 • Noon ET • West Point, N.Y. • Michie Stadium (39,929) CBS College Sports; Series: Army leads 2-0
Notes: Kent State beat Eastern Michigan 41-14... Kent State is 4-1 for the first
time since 1977 and 3-0 in MAC play for the first time since 2006...The Flashes won back-to-back road games for the first time since 2009...Dri Archer had his third three-touchdown game of the season...RB Trayion Durham ran for a career high 116 yards. Army beat Boston College 34-31...Army ran for a season-high 516 yards, the ninth-highest rushing total in school history...QB Trent Steelman ran for three touchdowns to break the Academy record for career rushing touchdowns by a QB...RB Raymond Maples 34 rushing attempts and his 184 yards were career highs...Army is now 8-8 in its last 16 games decided by seven points or less.
Nick’s Pick: Kent State 28 – Army 27
Comment: It’s extremely rare that KSU beats another IA team, any IA team, but if they are to do so, Army is one of those rare teams and this is one of those rare times
Akron at Ohio
Saturday, October 13, 2012 • 2:00 pm ET • Athens, Ohio • Peden Stadium (24,000); ESPN3
Series: Ohio leads 15-12-1
Notes: The Zips suffered a 24-10 loss to Bowling Green...RB Jawon Chisholm had his third 100-yard performance of the year with 100 yards on 16 carries...QB Dalton Williams hit the 50-pass attempt mark for the third time this season...LB Kurt Mangum’s 13 tackles was a personal-best...Zips play three of the next four games on the road. Ohio earned a 38-31 win over Buffalo....Bobcats are 6-0 for the first time since 1968...QB Tyler Tettleton posted a game-high 183 yards passing and his 15-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Futrell gave him 38 for his career, which tied him with Boo Jackson for first all-time at Ohio...Bobcats forced four fumbles vs. Buffalo...LB Keith Moore had a career-best 16 tackles against the Bulls.
Nick’s Pick: Ohio 36 – Akron 34
Comment: The Bobcats seem to be playing to the level of their competition which is not earning them style points in the national polls
Western Michigan at Ball State
Saturday, October 13, 2012 • 3:00 pm ET • Muncie, Ind. • Scheumann Stadium (22,500)
ESPN3; Series: Western Michigan leads 21-17
Notes: Western Michigan beat UMass 52-14...QB Tyler Van Tubbergen threw for a career-high 283 yards on 23-of-28 passing and 5 TDs...Broncos had 32 first downs and 551 yards of total offense, including a season-high 268 rushing yards, vs. UMass...Broncos play three of the next four games on the road (at Ball State, at Kent State, vs. Northern Illinois, at Central Michigan). The Cardinals suffered a 35-23 loss to Northern Illinois...Set a school record with 100 plays from scrimmage and the Cardinals’ 563 yards of total offense is the seventh-highest total in school history...QB Keith Wenning set school single game records with 42 completions and 71 attempts and threw for 434 yards, his second consecutive game with 400+ yards passing.
Nick’s Pick: Ball State 42 – Western 35
Comment: This game should be dubbed “the bowl elimination game” as the loser will be out of the MAC bowl picture while the winner will be in a nice position for some sort of post season action
Buffalo at Northern Illinois
Saturday, October 13, 2012 • 3:30 pm ET • DeKalb, Ill. • Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium (24,000); Comcast Sports Net Chicago • ESPN3 • ESPN Game Plan; Series: Northern Illinois leads 7-1
Notes: Buffalo suffered a 38-31 loss at Ohio...Topped Ohio in total offensive
yards (501-333) and net rushing yards (313-149)...RB Devin made his first career start and rushed for a career-high 160 yards to become just the second true freshman to rush for over 100 yards in the Bulls’ Division I-A era (since 1999). The Huskies defeated Ball State 35-23...Improve to 5-1 and best start since 2003...QB Jordan Lynch gained a career high 207 yards on 29 carries (7.1 avg), his first 200-yard rushing game, and his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the year...Huskies forced a season-high four turnovers with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Nick’s Pick: NIU 37 – Buffalo 31
Comment: The Bulls are playing well, they just aren’t winning games
Miami at Bowling Green
Saturday, October 13, 2012 • 3:30 pm ET • Bowling Green, Ohio • Doyt L. Perry Stadium; (24,000); ESPN3 • BCSN • MAC Digital Network • Streamed live on mac-sports.com
Series: Miami leads 42-21-5
Notes: Miami lost 52-14 at Cincinnati...QB Zac Dysert became the 78th player
in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision history to top 10,000 career passing yards on a 12-yard toss to Dawan Scott midway through the first quarter...LB Chris Wade led Miami in tackles for the fourth straight game with 12 tackles...Red-Hawks playing third consecutive road contest. Bowling Green beat Akron 24-10...Win was the program’s 500th victory...Falcons ended the game with 292 rushing yards on 44 carries, RB Anthon Samuel had 117, John Pettigrew had 13 carries for 81 yards, a career-best, and Jamel Martin had 79 yards on 11 carries...The 292 rushing yards were the most under head coach Dave Clawson.
Nick’s Pick: BGSU 35 – Miami 27
Comment: Miami is a better team than their record but for some reason they just can’t seem to get it going under Don Treadwell
Toledo at Eastern Michigan
Saturday, October 13, 2012 • 1:00 pm ET • Ypsilanti, Mich. • Rynearson Stadium (30,200)
MAC Digital Network • Streamed live on mac-sports.com
Series: Toledo leads 27-11
Notes: Toledo defeated Central Michigan 50-35...Best start for the program since 2005...Toledo has now scored at least 35 points in each of the last three games, averaging 41.7 ppg...Rockets were a perfect 6-of-6 in red-zone scoring chances, tallying three TDs and three FGs...WR Bernard Reedy tied a career high with 10 catches for 92 yards. EMU suffered a 41-14 loss to Kent State...RB Bronson Hill gained 70 yards on four carries with one touchdown...QB Tyler Benz completed 9-of-17 passes for 93 yards and a score...Eagles play the next two games at home (vs. Toledo, vs. Army).
Nick’s Pick: Toledo 55 – Eastern 21
Comment: After a very promising 6-6 season last year Eastern has really went backwards this year
Nicks Picks went 7-0 this weekend and stand at 49-9 on the season
Nick’ Pick: Ohio 27 – Buffalo 16
Actual Score: Ohio 38 – Buffalo 31
Nick’ Pick: Kent State 33 – Eastern 21
Actual Score: Kent State 41 – Eastern 14
Nick’ Pick: BGSU 41 – Akron 40
Actual Score: BGSU 24 – Akron 10