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Nick’s Picks for Week #13 - MAC Football

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  • Both Kent State and Northern Illinois are ranked in the Top 25 which marks the first time for the MAC to have two teams ranked in the Top 25 during the same week since the 2003 season
  • MAC has six programs bowl eligible -- Northern Illinois (10-1), Kent State (10-1), Toledo (8-3), Ohio (8-3), Ball State (8-3) and Bowling Green (7-4) for a combined 51-15 record.
  • Kent State is ranked No. 23 in the BCS Standings for the first time in program history. Flashes 10 wins are the most in the program’s 90-year history
  • NIU QB Jordan Lynch set a career-high 407 yards passing and 162 yards rushing for a school record 569 yards of total offense, the seventh-highest total in FBS this year, in the Huskies West Division clinching win over Toledo. Lynch and his accomplishments for college football’s highest honor are available at www.JordanLynchfor6.com
  • MAC midweek football continues on Tue., Nov. 20 as Akron travels to Toledo at 7 pm ET (ESPN2)
  • Miami QB Zac Dysert ranks 22nd all-time in NCAA career passing yards (11,795). Dysert ranks second all-time in MAC records in completions (1,040) and attempts (1,632), third in passing yards (11,795) and tied for tenth in passing touchdowns (71)
  • Kent State RB Dri Archer ran for a career-high 241 yards on 17 carries, averaging 14.2 yards per carry in Kent State’s 31-24 victory at Bowling Green. He had touchdown runs of 79 and 74 yards. The 74-yarder came in the fourth quarter. Already Kent State’s single-season record holder for touchdowns, Archer scored his 20th and 21st TDs of the season
  • Ball State QB Kelly Page entered the game in relief for injured Keith Wenning and rushed for seven yards on his first play and scored for a 21-17 lead at the half. He matched his career high with two touchdown passes in a 52-27 win over Ohio
  • Miami WR Nick Harwell caught 11 passes for 215 yards, including a 68-yard score, in a 30-16 loss at Central Michigan; his 100+-yard game was the 16th of his career, breaking Miami’s all-time record, and went over the 200-yard mark for the third time in his career
  • Eastern Michigan QB Alex Gillett posted 142 total yards in a 29-23 win over Western Michigan…Gillett rushed for 60 yards while catching five passes for 45 yards and a touchdown
  • Ohio RB Beau Blankenship carried 21 times for 161 yards in a 52-27 loss at Ball State. He scored all three of the Bobcats’ touchdowns; his 161-yards marked the seventh time this season in which he has rushed for 100 yards-or-more in a single game
  • Western Michigan WR Justin Collins registered 101 yards and one score in a 29-23 loss to Eastern Michigan. His nine receptions matched a career high
  • Bowling Green WR Chris Gallon recorded career-bests in receptions (10), yards (213) and touchdowns (2) in a 31-24 loss to Kent State. Gallon had touchdown receptions of 72 and 81 yards, the two longest catches of his career and established a school record at Doyt Perry Stadium with those 213 receiving yards
  • Toledo WR Bernard Reedy had 10 catches for 131 yards in a 31-24 loss at Northern Illinois

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This Week’s MAC Schedule

  • Tuesday, November 20
    • Akron at Toledo, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN2)
  • Friday, November 23
    • Ohio at Kent State, 11:00 am ET (ESPNU)
    • Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan, 1:00 pm ET (ESPN3)
    • Ball State at Miami, 1:00 pm ET (MAC Digital Network/Stream live on www.mac-sports.com)
    • Buffalo at Bowling Green, 2:00 pm ET (at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio) (BCSN/ESPN3/MAC Digital Network)
    • Central Michigan at UMass, 3:00 pm ET (MAC Digital Network/Stream live on www.mac-sports.com)

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Nick's MAC Football Picks - Week 13, 2012

 

Akron at Toledo

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 • 7:00 pm ET • Toledo, Ohio • Glass Bowl (26,248)

ESPN2; Series: Series tied 8-8

Notes: Akron lost to UMass 22-14 on Nov. 10...QB Dalton Williams has 3,335

passing yards third most in a season in program history...Williams’ 34 completions tied as third most in a game in school history (Luke Getsy vs. Memphis in the Motor City Bowl on Dec. 26, 2005)...DL J.D. Griggs made his first career interception vs. UMass. Toledo lost at Northern Illinois 31-24 on Nov. 14...LB Dan Molls’ led the Rockets with 16 tackles, his 16th-consecutive game with at least nine tackles and ninth time this season he has had at least 13 tackles in a game...QB Terrance Owens completed 22-of-32 passes for 265 yards but also tied his career high with three interceptions.

Nick’s Pick: Toledo 52 – Akron 28

Comment: The Rockets get a much needed feel good game after two-straight seven-point defeats

 

Ohio at Kent State

Friday, November 23, 2012 • 11:00 am ET • Kent, Ohio • Dix Stadium (25,000)

ESPNU; Series: Ohio leads 39-23-2

Notes: Ohio lost at Ball State 52-27 on Nov. 14...QB Tyler Tettleton opened

by completing his first 12 passes and finished 22-of-30 for 236 yards...With his 22 completions, Tettleton became the all-time leader in career completions...RB Beau Blankenship rushed for a team-high 161 yards and has rushed for over 100 yards in seven games this season. Kent State beat Bowling Green 31-24 to clinch the MAC East title, their first MAC East title since the conference split into divisions in 1997...Kent State extended the longest winning streak in program history to nine games...The 10 wins are the most in its 90-year history...RB Dri Archer ran for a career-high 241 yards on 17 carries with a pair of touchdown runs over 70 yards.

Nick’s Pick: Kent State 30 – Ohio 24

Comment: Kent State is having their finest football season in school history while a once promising season for the Bobcats has hit the skids

 

Ball State at Miami

Friday, November 23, 2012 • 1:00 pm ET • Oxford, Ohio • Yager Stadium (24,286)

MAC Digital Network • Stream live on www.mac-sports.com; Series: Miami leads 51-35-2

Notes: Ball State beat Ohio 52-27 on Nov. 14... Ball State won its fifth straight

game, marking its first five-game winning streak since 2008...The 52 points against Ohio were the most for the Cardinals since the 2006 season...RB Jahwan Edwards had 169 yards and RB Horactio Banks added 135 yards giving the Cardinals two 100-yard rushers for the first time since a 2009 at Eastern Michigan. Miami lost 30-16 at Central Michigan...With 343 passing yards, QB Zac Dysert moved up four spots to 22nd on the NCAA’s FBS career passing chart and his current total of 10,795 ranks third in MAC history...Miami held a 434-386 advantage in total offense, marking the first time in six games that it had more yards than its opponent.

Nick’s Pick: Ball State 35 – Miami 23

Comment: The Cardinals are closing hard and just may finish the season win ten wins

 

Buffalo vs. Bowling Green

Friday, November 23, 2012 • 2:00 pm ET • Columbus, Ohio • Columbus Crew Stadium (20,000)

BCSN • ESPN3 • MAC Digital Network • streamed live on www.mac-sports.com; Series: Bowling Green leads 6-3

Notes: Buffalo beat UMass, 29-19, for the Bulls’ third straight win and first road

win since the 2010 season...LB Khalil Mack had a career-high 15 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles and broke the school record for tackles for loss in a career with 53.5...DL Steven Means also had a career day with nine tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and a career-high three sacks. Bowling Green lost to Kent State, 31-24...Falcons came into the game having not allowed 100 yards rushing in six straight games, as Kent State ran for 334 yards...WR Chris Gallon set career-highs in receptions (10), yards (213) and touchdowns (2) and his 213 yards through the air are the fourth-most in Bowling Green history and just the fifth 200-yard game in school history.

Nick’s Pick: BGSU 20 – Buffalo 17

Comment: Why is this game being played in Columbus? Will anyone be at Crew Stadium? A loss would really crush the Falcons bowl bid chances…

 

Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan

Friday, November 23, 2012 • 1:00 pm ET • Ypsilanti, Mich. • Rynearson Stadium (30,200)

ESPN3; Series: Northern Illinois leads 26-14-2

Notes: Northern Illinois beat Toledo 31-24 on Nov. 14 to clinch its third consecutive MAC West Title...QB Jordan Lynch had a career-high 407 yards passing (25-36, 69.4 %) and 162 yards rushing on 30 carries for a NIU single game record of 569 yards of total offense, the seventh-highest total in FBS this year. Eagles beat Western Michigan, 29-23 and retained the Michigan MAC trophy...Alex Gillett ran nine times for 60 yards, caught five passes for 45 yards that included a touchdown grab, and threw a 37-yard pass to lead the Eagles to victory...QB Tyler Benz was 13-21 for 137 yards and two touchdowns and RB Bronson Hill rushed 17 times for 77 yards.

Nick’s Pick: NIU 48 – Eastern 21

Comment: NIU is closing fast; can there be a 13-1 season in sight?

 

Central Michigan at UMass

Friday, November 23, 2012 • 3:00 pm ET • Foxborough, Mass. • Gillette Stadium (68,756)

MAC Digital Network • Stream live on mac-sports.com

Series: First Meeting

Notes: Central Michigan defeated Miami 30-16...RB Zurlon Tipton surpassed

the 100-yard barrier for the fifth consecutive game and for the sixth time this season, finishing with 113 yards and two scores...Tipton moved into a tie for fifth for single season rushing touchdowns (15)...QB Ryan Radcliff threw for 202 yards and one score and has 2,823 yards, seventh most in CMU single-season history. UMass lost to Buffalo, 29-19...QB Mike Wegzyn has now thrown for 200+ yards four times this season and finished the day 20-for-39 for 215 yards...WR Alan Williams has tied his career high with seven receptions and over the last two games has recorded 13 catches for 148-yards...RB Michael Cox’s three yard touchdown run in the third quarter was his fourth of the season.

Nick’s Pick: Central 33 – UMass 16

Comment: The victory over Iowa earlier this year along with a .500 season will save Dan Enos’ job

 

Nicks Picks went 3-3 this weekend and stand at 75-22 on the season

 

Nick’ Pick: Ball State 52 – Ohio 27

Actual Score: Ball State 34 – Toledo 27

 

Nick’s Pick: NIU 55 – Toledo 38

Actual Score: NIU 31 – Toledo 24

 

Nick’ Pick: BGSU 24 – Kent State 19

Actual Score: Kent State 31 – BGSU 24

 

Nick’ Pick: Miami 38 – Central 35

Actual Score: Central 30 – Miami 16

 

Nick’ Pick: Western 41 – Eastern 33

Actual Score: Eastern 29 – Western 23

 

Nick’ Pick: Buffalo 33 – UMass 17

Actual Score: Buffalo 29 – UMass 19

 

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