MAC Blogger Pick’em, week 3
My picks this week are all favorites except, of course, EMU.
Four games will be out-and-out blowouts. Ohio State will beat Ohio soundly, but will probably not cover a huge 27.5 point spread. Penn State will beat Kent State soundly, and it will be very close to the 21.5 point spread. Kentucky will easily cover their 18.5 point spread against Akron. In fact they may double it. Purdue will crush Ball State, reminding them what it’s like to play a Football Bowl Subdivision team, which the Cardinals haven’t done since last November.
The only upset this week will be an EMU win. The Eagles will defeat Central Michigan for the fifth time in seven years. I gave my thoughts on that game Thursday.
UCF will scratch out a narrow win against Buffalo. Miami University will beat Colorado State, but that has more to do with how weak the Rams are (11 game losing streak, and they have yet to score a touchdown this year). In a game with possible implications for the MAC championship, Western Michigan will pull out a narrow win at Toledo. Temple will handle the Connecticut Huskies. It won’t be a blow-out win, but it should be reasonably comfortable.
Before the season, I had Northern Illinois at Illinois listed as a game in which a MAC team might beat a team from an AQ-conference. But the Huskies have not looked good the past two weeks, and they’ve had an off-the-field distraction this week, with head coach Jerry Kill hospitalized for dehydration. Kill is set to attend the game, but I no longer think the Huskies will win this one.
Marshall may win at Bowling Green. Both teams come in to the game 0-2, but look at who they’ve played and how they’ve lost; while Marshall was losing to Ohio State and narrowly to West Virginia, the Falcons were losing to Tulsa, and narrowly to Troy. A 3-point loss to West Virginia is definitely better than a 3-point loss to Troy.