Wednesday, November 4th will go down as one of the most influential days in US history. The election might be the main reason for that, but more importantly, the heart of college football is finally back. I’m not talking about the Big Ten, SEC, or even PAC 12. I’m talking about MAC football. Boys play their games on Saturdays, men play their games on Wednesdays (while being streamed on very small TV stations like CBSSN).
After previously cancelling their season, the MAC is back with a 6 game conference only schedule. Buffalo is the favorite to start the year, but the conference as a whole should be a very tight race. Miami is projected to finish in third, despite winning the conference last year, and Kent State is slotted in at 8th, despite bringing back one of the best QBs in the conference.
With that being said, here are my picks for this week’s slate of MACtion.
Kent (-4) vs Eastern Michigan O/U 66.5
Maybe I’m biased, but Kent should run EMU off the field tonight. The Flashes were one of the most efficient passing teams in the country last season, with Dustin Crum under center, and that should be no different this season. On the other hand, EMU will have a new play-caller this year on offense, seeing as their coordinator took a new head coaching job; likewise, they will also have to replace their star QB, Mike Glass. Don’t overthink this game, Kent should win easy. Also, Go Flashes.
Western Michigan (-20) vs Akron O/U 54
Akron is the worst team in college football. Their offense was the worst in the country last year, scoring a measly 10.5 points per game. Coupled with that, they had the 122nd ranked defense, allowing 36.2 per game. Not much of a recipe for success. Other than maybe Bowling Green, every team in the MAC should destroy the Zips. Take WMU -20 and also take the under because Akron won’t be doing anything to help the over. If Akron manages to win, I will print this out, and eat my own words.
Buffalo (-13) vs Northern Illinois O/U 52
Buffalo is the polar opposite of Akron. The Bulls had a top 30 defense and top 50 offense in the country. In the grand scheme of things, that might not seem that impressive, but this Buffalo team returns 10 starters on defense and should be even better this year. Not only will Buffalo win and cover tonight but, they’ll most likely go on to win the MAC this year.
Ohio (-2.5) vs Central Michigan O/U 55.5
Ohio and CMU are both dark horse favorites to win the MAC this year. CMU played in the title game and lost last year, and Ohio just missed out. Both of these offenses move fast and love to put up points, so I think this game will be a shoot out. If OU’s offense doesn’t miss a beat without QB Nathan Rourke, they can win this one, but I think this Chippewa defense can get enough timely stops to win.
Ball State vs Miami (-1.5) O/U 55.5
I love Miami in the battle of the red birds. Brett Gabbert, brother of Blaine Gabbert, is quietly one of the most underrated QB’s in the country. He threw for nearly 2500 yards last year and was able to lead the Redhawks to a conference title. Over in Muncie, Indiana, the Cardinals had the best offense in the MAC last year and were a few close losses away from not only making a bowl game but making the MAC title game. With that being said, I think this game could be a shootout; however, Miami is a much more complete game and I would lean towards them.
Bowling Green vs Toledo (-24) O/U 62.5
I might have bashed Akron a lot, but Bowling Green is just as bad. They were *slightly* better than Akron on offense, ranking 128th, but ranked slightly worse on defense at 126th. This is one of those games where you take Toledo because Bowling Green sucks. Nothing really great about this game.
There’s this weekend’s preview of MACtion. This might not be the best football in the country, but any football played on a Wednesday night is good football.
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