MAC pick ’em, week 10
Due to EMU’s bye week, I’ve been taking a bit of a break from blogging this week also. Unfortunately, I just noticed that I neglected to p0st my picks for the week. Normally I do this on Friday and it’s not a problem, but starting this week the MAC will be playing mid-week games for the rest of the season. In fact, this week there are only two Saturday MAC games; Buffalo played at Ohio last night, and Western Michigan will play at Central Michigan tonight.
In the four MAC games this week, I picked three favorites and one underdog, though once again, I have to wonder about why the “underdog” isn’t favored.
For last night’s game I picked Ohio to win (here’s the proof), and I think the final score is right about what
I we all expected.
Tonight’s game — game two of the three game Michigan MAC round-robin — is my “upset” pick, though again, note that I’m using scare quotes. There is no reason for Central Michigan to be favored by a touchdown, except that whoever is setting the line is still living in 2009. At most, this game should be a tossup, and that only because it will be played in Mount Pleasant. Both teams are coming off tough home losses last week, but if you consider the opponents and the margins, I think the Broncos are clearly the better team, and should win by about 3-10 points.
Turning to the two Saturday games, Temple is favored by a touchdown at Kent State. The Owls are on quite a roll, having won their last two games by a combined score of 72-0, and while I don’t think they’ll shut out the Golden Flashes, they should win this game quite handily. Finally, the winless Zips will travel to Muncie to take on the Cardinals. These are among the worst teams in the country — I’d argue that both are clearly worse than EMU this year — but someone has to win this game, and Ball State is slightly less terrible than Akron. So, although I’d love for Akron to end their nine-game losing streak with a win at Ball State, I don’t think it’s going to happen.
For proof that I really did pick the game last night — not that it required any particular skill — and for other MAC bloggers’ picks, Bull Run has the full listing.