How about that last week in the MAC, eh? The Battle of I-75 went down to the wire, The Battle for the Victory Cannon was as physical and exciting as it has been in recent memory, and we had a snow-out in Buffalo.... BUFFALO!
Northern Illinois and Ohio played it close, with the Huskies ultimately winning the game. Toledo won against Bowling Green, as expected. Central Michigan, a one point favorite going in, lost to hated rival Western Michigan at home after giving up an early 2-point conversion that ended up burying the Chips later in the game. In a Battle of the Birds, Eastern Michigan and Ball State combined for 75 points as Reginald Bell III carved up the Cardinal defense like a Butterball turkey.
So what's in the cards this week? Thanks to several feet of snow in the Greater Buffalo area, both Buffalo and Kent State not only lost a game, but also now play this Friday, creating an unprecedented slate of #MACtion on Black Friday. Ya'll better hold on to your seats.
|Date/Time||Home||Away||Where To Find It|
|Tuesday 11/25, 7 p.m.||Miami (2-9)||Ohio (5-6)||ESPN2|
|Friday 11/28, 11 a.m.||Western Michigan (8-4)||Northern Illinois (9-2)||ESPNU|
|Friday 11/28, 1 p.m.||Eastern Michigan (2-9)||Toledo (8-3)||ESPN3|
|Friday 11/28, 1 p.m.||Bowling Green (7-4)||Ball State (4-7)||ESPN3|
|Friday 11/28, 1 p.m.||UMass (3-8)||Buffalo (3-7)||ESPN3|
|Friday 11/28, 1 p.m.||Kent State (1-9)||Akron (5-6)||ESPN3|
Last week saw my predictions go 2-1, with NIU and Toledo winning, and Central losing. My record now stands at 19-8. Hopefully, I can stay in the single digits in the loss column this week. Time to highlight some games!
Holy poop, man. This is a battle for pretty much most of the marbles in the MAC West. All Northern Illinois has to do is win, and they're in. Meanwhile, WMU has to depend on rival EMU to defeat the Rockets. (We'll get to that in a moment.) Western Michigan was on fire agianst the Chippewas this past Saturday, blazing one of the MAC's best defenses for 222 yards passing and 362 yards overall on offense. Corey Davis had himself a day with 104 yards and 2 TD's on 9 receptions. The Broncos face a Northern Illinois team that narrowly squeaked by the Ohio Bobcats, which outgained the Huskies in a loss. NIU has found the formula to win The Hard Way, while the Broncos are firing on all cylinders. It will be close, but Western will find a way to win. They simply have too much momentum heading into this match.
The Eagles welcome Toledo to the Factory after lighting up the scoreboard in a loss to the Cardinals on the road last week. The Rockets have yet to announce their plans at QB, so it's still possible Dwight Macon is the starter heading in to the game. But who needs a quarterback when you have Kareem Hunt, easily one of the MAC's best running back? The Eagles seem to have finally found some sort of rhythm, but it just might be too late for them. Toledo wins the game handily, ruining Western's chances at a MAC Championship.
Ball State gets one more chance to play spoiler as they face the MAC East champs in Bowling Green. Ozzie Mann will be the Mann once again against a Bowling Green defense that has come onto its own in recent weeks, seeing as Jack Milas has been ruled out for the game and season with a wrist injury. The storyline to watch in this one is whether the Bowling Green offense can return to its #FalconFast efficiency, or whether it will continue to struggle with injuries. James Knapke was benched in favor of Cody Calloway after going 7-24 and 71 yards in the first half. Calloway was not much better, going only 5-13 for 96 yards and a TD. They must fix their problems quickly if they hope to stay competitive against whoever they face in Detroit. Bowling Green will win at home.