This is a very exciting week in the MAC, since every single game will be a MAC vs MAC matchup. After this week, we will have a much clearer picture of the contenders and the pretenders in the Mid-American Conference. We’re going to break down these games briefly and give our prediction on the outcome.
Eastern Michigan at Toledo
Toledo should open up as heavy favorites in this one behind the golden arm of quarterback Logan Woodside (above) who already has over 1,300 yards passing with 11 touchdowns. Eastern Michigan has a solid pass defense but I don’t think it will be a match for Woodside and that Toledo offense that includes wide receiver Cody Thompson who has over 500 yards receiving on the year with four scores. I think this one is closer than most think thanks to the Eastern Michigan defense. Toledo still wins by a score of 29-23.
Central Michigan at Ohio
Ohio’s defense is nothing special, the defeated UMass Minutemen dropped 50 points on them last week. Ohio is favored early by a strong margin but I think this game is Central Michigan quarterback, Shane Morris’s (above) time to break out. Morris has already been putting up some impressive statistics but last week the Ohio Bobcat defense could not stop a nosebleed. I’m rolling with the CMU Chippewas in an upset 33-31.
Bowling Green at Miami (OH)
Bowling Green is just going to be in the wrong place at the wrong time for this one. The RedHawks of Miami are looking to rebound after last week’s loss to Notre Dame and behind the arm of QB Gus Ragland (above) they should do just that. I don’t see Bowling Green putting up much of a fight if a fight at all. RedHawks win 32-12.
Ball State at Akron
This could be the MAC Game of the Week, both teams are 2-3 looking to desperately get back to a 0.500 record. Both teams have underperforming offense and mediocre defenses. I’m interested to see how the two quarterbacks play, Ball State’s Riley Neal and Akron’s Thomas Woodson (below). I think that this game could definitely be a shootout and I’m leaning towards the Akron Zips by a score of 48-44.
Kent State at Northern Illinois
This matchup will not be a pretty one, Northern Illinois has been competitive in every game they’ve played so far, including a game against 19th ranked San Diego State just last week. Northern Illinois has an alright offense and defense while Kent State has a bad offense and a bad defense. The Kent State offense on average scores only 11 points per game while their defense gives up 31 per game. I’d be surprised if the Golden Flashes of Kent State score double digit points so I have to pick Northern Illinois in this one 31-9.
Western Michigan at Buffalo
This Western Michigan Broncos and Buffalo Bills game should be another good one, I think the Broncos will be favored by a small margin but the Bills will have home field advantage. The winning team will be the one who’s quarterback has less turnovers. Broncos QB Jon Wassink (above) and Bills QB Tyree Jackson are both sound but both can turn the ball over too often. The game might not be that exciting but it will basically be a battle of ball security. I think that Western Michigan’s Wassink will win that battle and therefore the game for the Broncos. I say the Broncos win a close one by a score of 27-23.
Thank concludes the previews for every MAC game this week, be sure to let us know your predictions in the comments below or via Twitter @N2KSports. It should be an exciting week of MACtion and I for one can’t wait to see how the standings take shape after this week.
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