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Nick’s Picks for Week #9 - MAC Football

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MAC Football Notes:

  • Ohio ranks #23 in the AP Top 25 Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll, as well as the program first ever appearance in the BCS Standings at #24; both Toledo and Northern Illinois also received votes in the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls

  • The MAC’s top four programs ( Ohio, Toledo, Northern Illinois and Kent State) have a combined 27-3 record

  • Toledo linebacker Dan Molls leads the nation with 102 total tackles (12.75 per game) and kicker Jeremiah Detmer leads the country with 18 field goals made (2.25 field goals per game)

  • Kent State ’s Dri Archer leads the country in kickoff return average (47.3), kickoff returns for touchdowns (3) and all-purpose yardage (229.17) per game

  • Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 223 yards and two scores to lead the Huskies to a 37-7 victory at Akron. Lynch rushed for over 100 yards for the sixth straight game and for the seventh time this season and passed the 1,000-yard mark for the season (1,049)

  • Toledo RB David Fluellen had a career-high 25 carries for 161 yards in a 29-23 win over Cincinnati. Fluellen carried nine times in Toledo’s final drive that ate up 7:00 in the fourth quarter and led to a field goal with 42 seconds left in regulation

  • Western Michigan WR Josh Schaffer recorded his third career 100-yard receiving game in a 41-24 loss at Kent State with career highs in receptions (9) and yards (151); he added an 81-yard TD catch and run on the Broncos on their second drive of the day.

  • Ball State RB Jahwan Edwards rushed 21 times for 128 yards in Ball State’s 41-30 win at Central Michigan. It marked his third 100-yardrushing performance of the year.

 

 

This Week’s MAC Schedule - Saturday, October 27

  • Ball State at Army, Noon ET (CBS Sports Network)

  • Northern Illinois at Western Michigan, Noon ET (ESPN Regional/ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

  • Akron at Central Michigan, 3:30 pm ET (MAC Digital Network/mac-sports.com)

  • Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green, 3:30 pm ET (BCSN/ESPN3/MAC Digital Network/mac-sports.com)

  • Kent State at Rutgers, 3:30 pm ET (Big East Network/ESPN3)

  • Ohio at Miami, 3:30 pm ET (SportsTime Ohio/ESPN3/MAC Digital Network/mac-sports.com)

  • Toledo at Buffalo, 3:30 pm ET (Time Warner Cable Sports Net/MAC Digital Network/mac-sports.com)

  • UMass at Vanderbilt, 7:00 pm ET (Fox Sports Net)


Ball State at Army

Saturday, October 27, 2012 • Noon ET • West Point, N.Y. • Michie Stadium (39,929); CBS Sports Network; Series: Army leads 2-1

Notes: Ball State beat Central Michigan 41-30...With 233 yards on the ground, Ball State topped the 200-yard rushing mark as a team for the fourth time in eight games this season...RB Jahwan Edwards rushed for 128 yards his third 100-yard game this season and the fifth of his two-year career. Army lost 48-38 at Eastern Michigan...Army has lost seven straight

games against MAC opponents...Senior QB Trent Steelman’s 75-yard touchdown run was the longest of his career, and the longest by an Army player since Collin Mooney went 81 yards vs. Buffalo, 2008...Steelman ran 16 times for 212 yards to break the Army single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback.

Nick’s Pick: Ball State 35 – Army 23

Comment: The Cards are putting together a very nice bowl resume

 

Northern Illinois at Western Michigan

Saturday, October 27, 2012 • Noon ET • Kalamazoo, Mich. • Waldo Stadium (30,200)

ESPN Regional • ESPN Game Plan • ESPN Plus • ESPN3; Series: Western Michigan leads 24-13

Notes: Northern Illinois beat Akron 37-7...Northern Illinois has won six straight road games, also won 12 straight games vs. MAC foes and won 16 of its last 17 games...QB Jordan Lynch surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in rushing on the first drive of the second half...Northern Illinois has now had a player rush for 1,000 yards in 13 times in the last 14 seasons. Western Michigan fell 41-24 at Kent State...QB Tyler Van Tubbergen threw for 333 yards on 30-of-57 passing, all career highs...WR Josh Schaffer had a career high nine grabs for 151 yards, including an 81-yard TD catch on the Broncos’ second drive of the game...It was the fifth longest one-play drive in WMU history and the Broncos third one-play drive of 2012.

Nick’s Pick: NIU 38 – Western 31

Comment: Western’s last chance to turn the season around should fall short

 

Akron at Central Michigan

Saturday, October 27, 2012 • 3:30 pm ET • Mount Pleasant, Mich. • Kelly/Shorts Stadium (30,255); MAC Digital Network • mac-sports.com; Series: Central Michigan leads 14-9-1

Notes: Zips lost 37-7 to Northern Illinois...QB Dalton Williams led the Zips with

157 yards passing and one touchdown and running back Conor Hundley added 81 total yards, 63 on the ground...DB Justin March led the Akron defense with 10 tackles and Anthony Holmes added nine stops. Central Michigan lost 41-30 to Ball State...With 7 catches vs. Ball State, senior WR Cody Wilson moved into sole possession of third place on the CMU receptions list (199)...Wilson extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 36 games. He entered the game tied with West Virginia’s Tavon Austin for the third longest streak in the NCAA.

Nick’s Pick: Akron 42 – Central 34

Comment: Akron will quickly forget their stinker last week against NIU as Central is a mess under Coach Enos

 

Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green

Saturday, October 27, 2012 • 3:30 pm ET • Bowling Green, Ohio • Doyt L. Perry Stadium (24,000); ESPN3 • BCSN • MAC Digital Network • mac-sports.com; Series: Bowling Green leads 23-11-1

Notes: EMU defeated Army 48-38...Eagles piled up 577 yards in total offense,

369 though the air and 208 on the ground...QB Tyler Benz threw for five touchdowns to tie for second in the Eastern Michigan single-game record book with Andy Schmitt and his 369 passing yards is the 18th best in school history...RB Bronson Hill rushed for 185 yards on 26 carries with one touchdown. Bowling Green beat UMass 24-0...RB Anthon Samuel moved into a tie for 18th place all-time in total rushing yards with 1,569...K Tyler Tate had a career-long field goal with his 42-yarder in the 4th quarter....The Falcons last road shutout came in a 17-0 win at Ohio in 2001...Defense has forced a three-and-out or turnover on 22 of the last 32 drives dating back to the second half at Akron.

Nick’s Pick: BGSU 27 – Eastern 19

Comment: EMU is finally playing like most of us thought they would; the Falcons are looking at bowl eligibility

 

Kent State at Rutgers

Saturday, October 27, 2012 • 3:30 pm ET • Piscataway, N.J. • High Point Solutions Stadium (52,454); Big East Network • ESPN3; Series: Rutgers leads 2-0

Notes: Kent State beat Western Michigan 41-24... Kent State is 6-1 for the first

time since 1973 and only the third time since 1940...Defense forced four fumbles and two interceptions, raising its season turnover margin to plus-14...The second time this year the Flashes forced six turnovers at home...RB Trayion Durham had a career-high 124 yards rushing, his third 100-yard rushing game of the season. Rutgers beat Temple 35-10...Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood became the first Rutgers head coach in school history to start his career 7-0...Sophomore QB Gary Nova was 17-of-27 passing for 232 yards and four touchdowns, all four scoring passes in the second half...Rutgers allowed just 191 yards of total offense vs. Temple – the second-lowest amount of the year.

Nick’s Pick: Rutgers 20 – Kent State 10

Comment: KSU will play the undefeated and nationally ranked Scarlet Knights tough

 


 

Ohio at Miami

Saturday, October 27, 2012 • 3:30 pm ET • Oxford, Ohio • Yager Stadium (24,286); SportsTime Ohio • ESPN3 • ESPN Game Plan • MAC Digital Network • mac-sports.com; Series: Miami leads 51-35-2

Notes: Ohio coming off a bye week...Bobcats 7-0 for best start since 1968...

Ohio has won 13 of its last 14 games dating back to last season...In last win over Akron, Bobcats rushed for 252 yards, which marked the third time this season to surpass 200+ yards rushing...QB Tyler Tettleton threw for 2 TDs vs. Akron to become the programs all-time career TD passing leader (40). Miami coming off a bye week...With 198 yards passing vs. Bowling Green, QB Zac Dysert ranks eighth in MAC history with 10,444 career passing yards...DB Dayonne Nunley ranks eighth in program history with 11 career interceptions...RedHawks play two of the next three games at home (vs. Ohio, at Buffalo, vs. Kent State).

Nick’s Pick: Ohio 23 – Miami 21

Comment: OU may be in for a letdown here

 

Toledo at Buffalo

Saturday, October 27, 2012 • 3:30 pm ET • Buffalo, N.Y. • UB Stadium (29,013)

Time Warner Cable Sports Net • MAC Digital Network • mac-sports.com; Series: Toledo leads 5-2

Notes: Toledo beat No. 21 Cincinnati 29-23... Toledo improves to 7-11 all-time

vs. Top 25 teams, including 5-1 at home...The win is the Rockets’ first against a ranked opponent since they defeated Bowling Green, 49-41, on Nov. 23, 2004...Rockets off to the best start since 2001...RB David Fluellen carried a career-high 25 times for 161 yards, topping the century mark for the fourth straight game. Buffalo lost 20-6 to Pittsburgh...RB freshman Devin Campbell rushed for a game-high 104 yards on 19 carries for his second 100-yard game in Branden Oliver’s absence...Campbell became the first true freshman in the Bulls’ Division I-A history to go over 100 yards in a game twice in a season...The defense was led by LB Khalil Mack who tied a career high with 12 tackles.

Nick’s Pick: Toledo 38 – Buffalo 27

Comment: Toledo can’t fall flat after their impressive win over Cincy last week; UB continues to play hard but cannot seem to get a win

 

UMass at Vanderbilt

Saturday, October 27, 2012 • 7:00 pm ET • Nashville, Tenn. • Vanderbilt Stadium (41,600)

Fox Sports Net; Series: First Meeting

Notes: UMass fell 24-0 to Bowling Green...Freshman LB Kassan Messiah led

the defense with 16 tackles, including two TFLs, for a new career high...Freshman DB Khary Bailey-Smith secured his first career interception, which he returned for seven yards...With the interception, the Minutemen have now forced seven turnovers - all interceptions – through seven contests this season. Vanderbilt defeated Auburn 17-13...RB Zac Stacy broke the school record with a 27-yard run late in the fourth quarter, and finished with 169 yards for 2,670 career rushing yards on 500 carries... Stacy broke the previous mark of Frank Mordica (1976-79), who ran for 2,632 yards on 546 carries for the Commodores.

Nick’s Pick: Vandy 44 – UMass 3

Comment: A solid SEC team for #124 in IA football won’t be pretty

 

 

Nicks Picks went 6-1 this weekend and stand at 62-10 on the season

 

Nick’ Pick: BGSU 36 – UMass 21

Actual Score: BGSU 24 – UMass 0

 

Nick’ Pick: NIU 42 – Akron 31

Actual Score: NIU 37 – Akron 7

 

Nick’ Pick: Eastern 26 – Army 24

Actual Score: Eastern 48 – Army 38

 

Nick’ Pick: Pitt 41 – Buffalo 21

Actual Score: Pitt 20 – Buffalo 6

 

Nick’ Pick: Ball State 35 – Central 27

Actual Score: Ball State 41 – Central 30

 

Nick’ Pick: Kent State 27 – Western 24

Actual Score: Kent State 41 – Western 24

 

Nick’ Pick: Cincy 55 – Toledo 49

Actual Score: Toledo 29 – Cincy 23

 

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