MAC pick ’em, week 5
Well, it’s Friday, which means another opportunity for me to embarass myself by incorrectly predicting the outcomes of games. After going 8-3 last week, my record is 33-13 for the season, and 1-3 in intraconference games, which puts me last among 12 participating MAC bloggers.
This week, everyone has a game. Temple, Western Michigan, and Toledo have out of conference games, while the other ten teams play intraconference matchups. As always, I will go from largest to smallest point spreads.
Central Michigan will cover their 22.5-point spread, will delivering such a thrashing on Ball State that the Cardinals will wish they were playing Liberty again. EMU will narrowly upset Ohio, — let’s say 28-27 — as I already previewed. Northern Illinois will keep Akron winless for another week, but I don’t think the Huskies will cover their 12.5-point spread; Akron seems to be slowly finding their offense. Temple will also win but fail to cover their 11.5-point spread on Army. The Owls just don’t have enough offense to blow out the Black Knights, and although I’m fairly confident in a Temple win, it should be a good game.
Moving to the smaller point spreads, Bowling Green will recover from their loss to Michigan with a narrow win over Buffalo, while Miami University will edge out Kent State; I consider both games toss-ups, and I’m giving the benefit of the doubt to the home team in each case. Western Michigan, coming back from a week off, will comfortably handle Idaho in Kalamazoo. Finally, Toledo will continue to be the best of the West and send the Wyoming Cowboys back to Laramie with their tails between their legs; the Cowboys have scored a total of four touchdowns in their three FBS games this year, while being outscored 105-27.
- See other MAC bloggers’ picks along with a write-up at Bull Run.