Spread Offense: A Look At MAC Football Betting Lines For Week 3

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Hustle Belt picks Week Three MAC games against the spread.

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BOWLING GREEN (+3) at Indiana

Ask Indiana Hoosier fans, students, and alumni who the starting quarterback is for their team and you'll be met with blank stares.  They'd much rather talk hoops with you and discuss which Zeller will be next to enroll.  Bowling Green enters Memorial Stadium 2-0 after dispatching Kent State 41-22.  Indiana was sunk by Navy 41-35 as 12 point favorites.  Indiana will score a lot.  Bowling Green will score a lot more.  Take the Falcons and the points.

Akron at MICHIGAN (-37)

This one could be ugly MAC fans.  The Kangaroo Show went down to the wire before the clock ran out on James Madison in a 35-33 Akron win.  Michigan covered against Notre Dame at home winning 41-30.  Michigan scores 50 points a game.  Akron gives up over 35.  It sounds like a lot of points doesn't it?  Don't do it!  It's a trap!

Eastern Michigan at RUTGERS (-27.5)

A game only Artie Lange would bet on.  Eastern Michigan was thumped 45-7 against Penn State last week.  Rutgers blanked Norfolk State 38-0.  Eastern Michigan may not get on the board against the Scarlet Knights.  Rutgers has a very balanced offensive attack that will give the Eagles fits.  Lay the points.

Stony Brook at BUFFALO (-13)

70.  Last week Buffalo gave up 70 points.  That was against Baylor.  Stony Brook ain't Baylor.  The Seawolves won their last outing 23-3 against Army at Michie Stadium.  Buffalo was able to put up 20 points against #2 Ohio State in week one.  One advantage of starting the season with Ohio State and Baylor is that it makes beating Stony Brook handily that much easier.  Bulls roll.  What the hell is a Seawolf anyway? I'm sorry.

Ball State (-3) at North Texas

If there's one thing years of gambling money I don't have on games I know nothing about has taught me, don't bet on your favorite team.  Never.  You're invested enough as it is.  Eventually that day is going to come where you've had a good time throwing back brews with friends, you head to a George Carlin show, go to Lauren Wilson's apartment to play euchre until four in the morning, and you'll convince yourself.  My team can score a zillion points.  They can't.  They're never as good as you think they are.  Look for other action.  Chirp, Chirp!

NORTHERN ILLINOIS (-28.5) at Idaho

Jordan Lynch may put up some gaudy numbers here.  Idaho is really, really awful.  60 points is a real possibility against the Vandals.  Northern Illinois knocked down Iowa 30-27 to start the season while Idaho was trounced by North Texas (40-6) and Wyoming (42-10).  Idaho is 2-10 against the spread their last 12 games.  Freshman quarterback Chad Chalich is in for a long day against the Huskies.  Lay the points.

Eastern Washington at TOLEDO (-4.5)

Eastern Washington made headlines last time out with their thrilling 49-46 upset of Oregon State.  Toledo is 0-2 after spirited efforts against Florida in week one and Missouri a week ago.  Toledo is a good football team who will challenge for MAC West supremacy.  Vernon Adams and the Eagles will aim to turn this into a shootout.  How MAC-like of them.  Take the Rockets and lay the points.

Massachusetts at KANSAS STATE (-38.5)

Hustle Belt provides copious amounts of reading material outlining the struggles of the Minutemen.  Kansas State is a team playing with a chip on its shoulder.  A week after losing to FCS foe North Dakota State, the Wildcats dismantled Louisiana-Lafayette 48-27.  Jake Waters will throw all day on a Massachusetts defense that was torched last week against Maine.  Lay the points in this laugher.

Kent State at LSU (-37)

Dri Archer plays in this game, and the possibility exists for Kent State to cover.  Otherwise LSU will run up the score and Zach Mettenberger will start to garner some Heisman interest.  This LSU defense is not as strong as in years past, but their offense is clicking on every level.  Quarterback Colin Reardon was the leading rusher last week for the Golden Flashes against BGSU.  He'll need help if KSU is to keep this within 37.

Marshall at OHIO (+8)

September 7th Marshall ran up the score on Gardner-Webb in a 55-0 victory.  Ohio needed some late heroics to knock off North Texas 27-21 at home.  Eight points is a lot.  This is the sort of game that could come down to the final possession.  Very winnable for the Bobcats and their balanced offensive attack.  Ryan Boykin and Beau Blankenship keep this one close but eat your Froot Loops, Tyler.

Western Michigan at NORTHWESTERN (-30.5)

Northwestern might be the best team in the Big Ten.  The Wildcats crushed Cal in week one and Syracuse a week later.  Quarterback Trevor Siemian is establishing himself as an elite field general in the conference.  Western Michigan lost a heart breaker last Saturday to Nicholls State in the final minute.  Look for the Broncos to eat of chunks of clock with the dual threat of tailbacks Dareyon Chance and Brian Fields.  Wildcats still top 40 with ease.  Lay the points.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN (+7) at UNLV

I can't write about UNLV without reminding you that this happened.  Back to football.  The Runnin' Rebels gave up points that looked more like basketball scores in the first two weeks.  First 51 to Minnesota, then 58 to Arizona.  That's good for 125th in all of college football.  Central Michigan will expose the porous UNLV defense even with redshirt quarterback Cooper Rush making his first start. This one could be first to fifty. Saylor Lavallii will run wild over UNLV.  Take the points and the Chips.

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