MAC Football Week 4 Overview

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Here's a handy little breakdown of all of this week's #MACtion to help you plan accordingly. You're welcome.

Day & Time (ET) Road
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Sat, Noon Western Michigan 0-3 Iowa 2-1 B1G Network
P.J. Fleck and his sinking boat of Bronco's to Iowa City to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes. Considering the fits Iowa gave Northern Illinois it's unlikely that WMU can win this one. A loss here would mark the Broncos worst start since 2004 when they went 1-4 in the first five weeks, and finished the season 1-10.
Sat, Noon** Toledo 1-2 Central Michigan 1-2 ESPN Regional/ESPN3
Conference play! Before the season began this matchup looked a lot more exciting, but no Zurlon Tipton and possibly no Terrance Owens results in a lack of luster on this MAC West matchup. Toledo should still be the favorites in this one, but Cooper Rush has big-play ability despite mixed results in his two appearances this week. This game still has GOTW potential, but it's not going to be a sexy one.
Sat, Noon Vanderbilt 1-2 UMass 0-3 ESPNNews/ESPNU/ESPN3
Will the Minutemen switch back to Mike Wegzyn at quarterback, or are they going to stick with A.J. Doyle? I guess we'll find out in this one, but either way this looks to be UMass's fourth loss on the young season. Unless the Minutemen come out with a new fire under their rears this one should be more disappointment in Gillette.
Sat, 1 p.m.** Ball St. 2-1 Eastern Michigan 1-2 ESPN3
#MACtion. Before the Cardinals loss to North Texas I would have said this was a clear-cut victory for BSU. However, they've struggled playing a complete game twice this season, and it caught up to them last week. I still think Ball St. wins this, but it's a lot less set in stone if they can't figure out how to go four quarters.
Sat, 2 p.m. Austin Peay 0-3 Ohio 2-1 ESPN3
After a rough three game stretch to open the season the 'Cats get a powder puff game at home. Ohio's coming off a big win in the Battle of the Bell. Austin Peay isn't very good. This should be a blowout, with plenty of backup action in the second half.
Sat, 3:30 p.m. Murray State 0-3 Bowling Green 2-1 ESPN3
Bowling Green also get's an easy one at home. Though after last weeks performance against Indiana the Falcons need a blowout victory here to retain their standings and prevent further backsliding. Matt Johnson needs to continue to play well and the team needs to play a complete game...not just a solid half.
Sat, 3:30 p.m Kent State 1-2 Penn St. 2-1 B1G Network
The Golden Flashes head on the road to take on a rebuilding Penn St. team in Happy Valley. Penn St. dominated EMU two weeks ago, but with Dri Archer (hopefully) finally returning for this game one has to like Kent St.'s odds in this game.
Sat, 4 p.m. Cincinnati 2-1 Miami 0-2 ESPN3
Good news for Miami, Munchie Legaux is out for the season. Bad news, Miami is still without Nick Harwell and Zac Dysert. The Bearcats aren't a top-tier team, but they're still good enough to destroy the RedHawks...just like Marshall and Kentucky did.
Sat, 6 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette 1-2 Akron 1-2 ESPN3
GAME OF THE WEEK! Or so our contributor Seth Austin seems to think. For good reason too. Akron had the strongest performance out of all MAC teams this past week. If the Zips can perform half as well as they did against Michigan they can easily double their win total from 2012 in this game.
Sat, 7 p.m. Eastern Illinois 3-0 Northern Illinois 2-0 ESPN3
NIU hasn't looked great in either of it's two wins, but is the only undefeated MAC team. That could change this week. Eastern Illinois is a very good FCS team. If the Huskies play the way they have in the first two games it wouldn't be hard for the Panthers to hand the Huskies their first loss of the season.
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