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  1. I’m in my 5th season and feel like I’m just now starting to figure it out.
  2. As we have passed the first week in which high school prospects can announce their commitment, let’s take a look at how things shake out in the Mid-American Conference. Western Michigan Class Ranking: MAC - #1, National - #49 Commitments - 1 Commits: WR Mason Eckert 6-3 169 Fr Arizona Lutheran Academy (AZ) 2.5 of 5.0 [Speed] Number one in the standings and now number one in the recruiting rankings. The coach @Pskeate and the Broncos staff continue to take advantage of their recent success and check in at #1 despite securing the commitment of only one player. WR Mason Eckert, could potentially line up for the Broncos as a true freshman. It will be interesting to see how the talented receiver does upon arriving in Kalamazoo, but he will likely be a difference maker for many years to come. There have been rumors that the Broncos also have a silent commit in their class. It’s not known who that player is at this time, but many suspect it may be LB Cardarion Ware from powerhouse Muskegon High School. Kent State Class Ranking: MAC - #2, National - #53 Commitments - 15 Commits: K George Bush 6-3 169 Fr Mifflin (Columbus OH) 1.0 of 4.0 [Accuracy] DT Terrence Phillips 6-7 288 Fr Slocomb (Slocomb AL) 2.5 of 3.5 [2-Gap] FS Cory Petty 5-10 203 Fr Galileo Academy (San Francisco CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] DT Janoris Guy 6-1 327 Fr Clearfield Area (Clearfield PA) 1.0 of 3.5 [2-Gap] OT Cooper Iverson 6-6 292 Fr Escanaba Area (Escanaba MI) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] OG Kai Shelley 6-3 314 Fr Greenhill (Dallas TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] FB August Haney 6-0 206 Fr Cook (Adel GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OLB Dahntay Harvey 6-2 225 Fr River Valley (Cheshire OH) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blitz] DE Kai Huntley 6-3 257 Fr Inlet Grove (Riviera Beach FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Contain] CB Golden Goodwin 5-9 165 Fr Bentley (Burton MI) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] WR Leo Sheffield 6-1 205 Fr Archbishop McCarthy ( FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Target] OT Raphael Sheffield 6-3 282 Fr Apple Springs (Apple Springs TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] ATH Usher Caron 6-3 223 Fr Tarkington (Cleveland TX) 2.0 of 3.0 [Blocking] CB Omar Clement 6-2 173 Fr Cleveland Heights ( OH) 1.5 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] C Jonah Quinn 6-4 288 Fr Eastmoor Academy (Columbus OH) 1.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] Coach @Traith and the Kent State Golden Flashes check in at #53, just a few spots behind Western Michigan. The Kent State staff was busy on the recruiting trail pulling in the most commits in the MAC while attracting players from all across the country. There’s a lot of good depth thus far and many of these players will likely be contributors for Kent State, but will certainly benefit from a redshirt season as they adapt to college football. Kicker George Bush (I'll allow you to make your own jokes), the highest rated player, is one to keep an eye on. Kickers aren’t the sexiest additions, but can be a difference maker, especially in a conference like the MAC. Central Michigan Class Ranking: MAC - #3, National - #60 Commitments - 8 Commits: WR DaeSean Daniels 5-9 150 Fr Portage Central (Portage MI) 2.5 of 4.0 [Speed] DT Tario Burgess 6-2 333 Fr St. Philip Catholic Central (MI) 3.0 of 3.5 [2-Gap] OLB Devin Lentz 6-2 242 Fr Glen Lake (Maple City MI) 2.0 of 3.5 [Blitz] OG Van Farris 6-3 336 Fr Berrien Springs (Berrien Springs MI) 2.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] TE Jamari Swain 6-1 200 Fr Glen Lake (Maple City MI) 1.5 of 3.5 [Receiving] C Nicolas Cole 6-1 289 Fr North Branch (North Branch MI) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] K August Keenan 5-7 154 Fr Alonso (Tampa FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Accuracy] QB Eric Stewart 6-1 200 Fr East Lansing (East Lansing MI) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pocket] Checking in at #60 in the nation is coach @robcarlson77 and the Central Michigan Chippewas. The Chippewas stayed close to home with seven of their eight commitments coming from the State of Michigan. Similar to Kent State, there’s quite a bit of depth with these commitments, but WR DaeSean Daniels is the current gem of this class. The speedy receiver could see snaps right away, especially if CMU is able to keep Suggs around for his senior season. Bowling Green Class Ranking: MAC - #4, National - #66 Commitments - 2 Commits: CB Jarvis Coley 5-11 193 Fr St. Xavier (Cincinnati OH) 1.0 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] OG Henry Schmitt 6-4 265 Fr Northridge (Dayton OH) 2.5 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] Not a ton to write about for coach @PoopyRhinoPickle and Bowling Green as they secure commitments from just two players. In-state CB, Jarvis Cooley, is a highly rated, but raw talent who will almost certainly benefit from a redshirt year. Bowling Green is light on secondary depth, but likely needs to think big picture and let Coley adapt to the college game. Ohio Class Ranking: MAC - #5, National - #73 Commitments - 3 Commits: OT Marquise Hurt 6-2 327 Fr Padua Franciscan (Parma OH) 2.5 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Jeremy Sutherland 6-7 322 Fr Garaway (Sugarcreek OH) 1.5 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] LS Shia Jeffers 6-1 247 Fr River Valley (Cheshire OH) 2.5 of 3.5 [Specialized] Coach @bbates728 set out looking to bolster the offensive line and is off to a good start securing pledges from two of the top tackles in the State of Ohio. With their current Right Tackle departing after this season, don’t be surprised to see Marquise Hurt lining up to protect QB Austin Lowe. OT Jeremy Sutherland projects as more of a project, but has high upside. Northern Illinois Class Ranking: MAC - #6, National - #90 Commitments - 13 Commits: C Kyle Christy 6-3 295 Fr Thomas Jefferson (Bloomington MN) 1.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OG Louis McDowell 6-5 304 Fr Joliet Catholic (Joliet IL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] FS Jaeden Lovett 6-0 206 Fr Thomas Jefferson (Bloomington MN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] SS Dominique Willingham 6-0 205 Fr Pine Island (Pine Island MN) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] DT Kulani Liuga 6-6 308 Fr Canton (Canton IL) 1.5 of 3.0 [1-Gap] WR Chase Norton 6-4 196 Fr Roxana (Roxana IL) 1.5 of 3.0 [Target] PR Adalius Cooper 5-9 168 Fr Scotland (Scotland PA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Specialist] OT Freddie McFadden 6-4 278 Fr Perham (Perham MN) 2.0 of 2.5 [Run Blocking] K Ned Roe 6-2 160 Fr Perham (Perham MN) 1.5 of 2.5 [Accuracy] C Bob Brand 6-2 284 Fr Evarts (Evarts KY) 1.5 of 2.5 [Run Blocking] OG Tristan Sohn 6-1 339 Fr Coon Rapids (Coon Rapids MN) 1.0 of 2.5 [Run Blocking] TE Kana Clarke 6-3 243 Fr Pine Island (Pine Island MN) 1.0 of 2.5 [Blocking] ATH Mike Pitts 6-1 233 Fr Suncoast (Riviera Beach FL) 1.0 of 2.5 [Run Blocking] After a bit of a drop off from Ohio, Northern lllinois checks in with the 90th ranked class in the nation. With 13 commits, there’s a lot of bodies, but it appears not many players that figure to be true difference makers. NIU is currently struggling on the field and in a regime change. A once proud program has taken a big step back and will be looking to improve this class as the season progresses. Ball State Class Ranking: MAC - #7, National - #95 Commitments - 1 Commits: DT Josh Kern 6-7 284 Fr Hernando (Brooksville FL) 1.0 of 4.0 [2-Gap] Coach @npklemm and his Cardinals were pretty quiet securing only one commitment this week. DT Josh Kern, is making the trek north from Florida to Muncie for the next four years. With both current starters scheduled to return next season, I suspect that Kern will take a redshirt before suiting up for the 2025 season. Buffalo Class Ranking: MAC - #8, National - #104 Commitments - 3 Commits: DT Makani Fuga 6-7 318 Fr Hanover Park (East Hanover NJ) 1.5 of 3.5 [2-Gap] WR Simi Pinati 6-4 185 Fr Notre Dame (Lawrenceville NJ) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed] DE DeAndre Polk 6-1 241 Fr Montville Township (Montville NJ) 1.0 of 3.5 [Contain] Coach @Jordan and Buffalo sit just outside the Top 100 after securing pledges from three prospects. The Bulls ventured into New Jersey and added a few solid depth players who figure to be contributors down the road. The staff will certainly be working hard to find some higher rated players that can have a larger impact on the teams future success. Toledo Class Ranking: MAC - #9, National - #106 Commitments - 11 Commits: SS Jaylin Alford 5-11 206 Fr Northwestern (Hyattsville MD) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] QB Otto Cassidy 5-11 205 Fr Jackson-Milton (North Jackson OH) 2.5 of 3.0 [Pocket] ILB Tom Shoemaker 6-1 259 Fr Briggs (Colombus OH) 2.5 of 3.0 [Mike] P Victor Mcclure 5-11 156 Fr Suncoast (Riviera Beach FL) 2.0 of 3.0 [Accuracy] DE Anthony Stanford 6-5 253 Fr Pope John Paul II (Boca Raton FL) 1.5 of 3.0 [Contain] OG A.J. Rawls 6-2 275 Fr Northview (Bratt FL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] DT Richard Fontaine 6-2 322 Fr Garaway (Sugarcreek OH) 1.0 of 3.0 [2-Gap] DE Tom Ledford 6-3 260 Fr Gibsonburg (Gibsonburg OH) 2.0 of 2.5 [Blitz] ILB Kaholo Aiga 6-3 242 Fr Wayne Trace (Haviland OH) 1.0 of 2.5 [Mike] RB Damien Spillman 5-10 177 Fr Joliet Catholic (Joliet IL) 1.0 of 2.0 [Speed] WR Jared Rollins 6-2 220 Fr Williamsport (Williamsport MD) 1.0 of 2.0 [Target] Speaking of a once proud program, the struggles for Toledo have stretched from the football field to the world of recruiting. The Rockets secured commitments from 11 players, but there’s not much in the way of top end talent with this crop of commits. With their history of success and being in talent rich Ohio, the Rockets must do better if they hope to stay a contender in the MAC. Miami Class Ranking: MAC - #T-10, National - #T-139 Commitments - 0 We’ll check back in with coach @chawsley and the RedHawks in a few weeks. Eastern Michigan Class Ranking: MAC - #T-10, National - #T-139 Commitments - 0 We’ll check back in with coach @cobaltblade99 and the Eagles in a few weeks. Akron Class Ranking: MAC - #T-10, National - #T-139 Commitments - 0 We’ll check back in with coach @Garappogoat and the Zips in a few weeks. **Bold indicates a key commitment**
  3. Welcome to the mid-season(ish) review for the Mid-American Conference. We're at the 6 or 7 game mark of the season and entering the home stretch. Let's take a look at how things have played out thus far. We'll also crown a mid-season MVP for each team and name our mid-season All-MAC team. Who's ready for some MACtion? East Division Ohio PPG: 27.0 PPGA: 19.6 Mid-Season MVP: QB Austin Lowe (2,007 Yards, 286.7 YPG, 15 Touchdowns) Where they stand: The Bobcats and coach @bbates728 find themselves in the driver seat of the East Division. Led by the terrific play of QB Austin Lowe, Ohio sits at 5-2 on the season and 3-0 in the MAC. Lowe ranks 2nd in passing yards and touchdowns and is the key to the Bobcat offense. RB Mike Cazares has been solid thus far, rushing for 474 yards and 5 touchdowns. The end of the season has some challenges, as the Bobcats face upstart Bowling Green this week and have dates with Central Michigan and Akron. It won’t be an easy road for the division crown, but @bbates728 has to feel good knowing his Bobcats control their own destiny. Akron PPG: 16.0 PPGA: 23.0 Mid-Season MVP: DE Damione Ridley (15 Tackles, 3 TFL, 5 sacks) Where they stand: Sitting at 3-3 (2-1) are the Akron Zips led by coach @Garappogoat. The Zips aren’t lighting up the scoreboard on offense, but find themselves in a good position halfway through the season. Led by DE Damione Ridley, Akron has had some strong defensive play through six games. If they can start to get some more output from the offense, they could be a tough out the rest of the way. They will have a tough 2nd half of the season with games against Ball State, Western Michigan, Bowling Green and Ohio. They likely need to take at least 3 of those 4 games to have a chance to play in Detroit. Bowling Green PPG: 22.7 PPGA: 20 Mid-Season MVP: QB A.J. Coyne (1,885 Yards, 269.2 YPG, 12 Touchdowns) Where they stand: The Bowling Green Falcons led by @PoopyRhinoPickle, have had the hot hand of late winning 3 of their last 4 games, with their lone loss coming by a 4 point margin. QB A.J. Coyne has been instrumental in the team finding its way, averaging 269.7 YPG and throwing 8 touchdowns and 1 interception over the past 4 games. Coyne’s favorite target has been WR Brandon Lockhart who’s caught 48 passes for 670 yards and 4 touchdowns. There could be an argument that Lockhart is the team MVP, but we gave the nod to Coyne. Bowling Green are on the outside looking in, but have dates with Ohio and Akron remaining on the schedule. Their other conference games are against Toledo and Miami (OH). Realistically, they likely need to win all four of their remaining MAC games to have a chance at winning the division. The good news is they have a chance to take on the two teams currently ahead of them in the standings. Win those games and anything could happen. Buffalo PPG: 21.2 PPGA: 24.0 Mid-Season MVP: RB Alec Self (745 Yards, 124.17 YPG, 8 Touchdowns) Where they stand: There are three teams in the East that currently sit at 2-2 in MAC play. The Buffalo Bulls and coach @Jordan are one of those three teams. Unfortunately for them, both losses have come against the first and second place teams in the division. The Bulls have been led by talented RB Alec Self who’s averaging 124 YPG and has 8 touchdowns. QB Levi Thompson hasn’t been allowed to do much, but has been consistent thus far. He may not win them many games, but he also hasn’t cost them any. Like Bowling Green, Buffalo likely needs to win out to have a chance at a trip to Detroit, they will likely need a lot of help as Ohio and Akron will hold the head-to-head tiebreakers. The Bulls still have tough games against Ball State, Kent State and Western Michigan. Kent State PPG: 16.4 PPGA: 30.1 Mid-Season MVP: RB C.J. Williams (535 Yards, 76.4 YPG, 5 Touchdowns) Where they stand: The Golden Flashes are led by coach @Traith and find themselves with a 2-5 (2-2) record. Unfortunately, the Flashes lost a winnable game last week against a struggling NIU team. Kent has been led by RB C.J. Williams, who hasn’t been great, but is their best performer thus far. QB play has been the bigger issue as Cameron Hare has thrown more interceptions (8) than touchdowns (7). He’s a talented player, but will need to start performing better in the 2nd half of the season. The Golden Flashes remaining MAC schedule is tough. The have remaining games against Buffalo, Ohio, Miami (OH), and Central Michigan. It’s tough to seem them winning all four of those games, but that’s essentially what they will need to do. Becoming bowl eligible is probably the better goal for this squad, but there’s not much margin for error there either. Miami PPG: 6.1 PPGA: 30.4 Mid-Season MVP: DE Jason Ornelas (12 Tackles, 2 TFL, 2 Sacks, 1 FF) Where they stand: Ohhhhh Miami. I’m not going to dog on coach @chawsley too much, because this isn’t on him. He’s new and didn’t assemble this team, but he’s left to coach it. The RedHawks have just been brutal. Currently 0-7 on the season, there just hasn’t been anything good to write about thus far. The offense is non-existent averaging a paltry 6.1 points per game and hasn’t surpassed 200 total yards of offense in 5 of their 7 games. It’s just bad. The remaining schedule does provide a few opportunities for a win as Miami will take on Eastern Michigan and UMass. There’s no easy games for the RedHawks, but those two match-ups provide their best opportunity to avoid a 0-12 season. West Division Western Michigan PPG: 33.3 PPGA: 14.8 Mid-Season MVP: QB Keith Jackson (1,557 Yards, 259.5 YPG, 16 Total Touchdowns) Where they stand: The Broncos and their fearless leader coach @Pskeate are just chugging along this season, with their lone loss coming on the road in a tough game against Auburn. It’s been pick your poison for Western as both QB Keith Jackson and RB DeSean Madison (117 YPG, 9 touchdowns) have been excellent. The Bronco defense has been just as good, surrendering only 261 yards per game. I don’t want to disregard the remaining MAC opponents on the WMU schedule, but all signs point to a final week showdown against CMU. I can’t see the Broncos slipping up before the final game and even the Chippewas will have their work cut out for them. A lot can happen in 6 weeks, maybe we’ll all get lucky and Jackson and/or Madison will suffer injuries. Central Michigan PPG: 32.7 PPGA: 20 Mid-Season MVP: QB Byron Suggs (2,458 Yards, 351.1 YPG, 21 Touchdowns) Where they stand: Hot on the tail of Western Michigan are the rival Chippewas coached by @robcarlson77. At 4-3 (3-0) the Chippewas can’t help but feel like their loss to Oregon State in Week 1 presented a missed opportunity for a truly special season. The Chippewas started off 0-2, but reeled off 4 straight wins before their most recent loss to Minnesota. It’s been the Byron Suggs show this season as the talented Junior QB leads the nation in passing yards and touchdowns. The WR trio of Aikman, Coates and Peppers has feasted in the passing attack with all three surpassing 500 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns. The Chippewas last 5 games are all against MAC opponents and they can’t get caught looking ahead to the game against Western Michigan. There are still several tough games left on the schedule, including a road trip to Athens, Ohio to take on the East leading Bobcats. That game will feature the top two passers in the MAC, as of today. Ball State PPG: 20.8 PPGA: 27.3 Mid-Season MVP: RB Damani Lewis (724 Yards, 120.67 YPG, 7 Touchdowns) Where they stand: Coach @npklemm has led his alma mater to a 3-3 (2-1) record halfway through the 2023 season. The Cardinals are very much in the West Division discussion, but will need some help as a result of their loss to CMU in Week 6. The Cardinals are relying on their workhorse RB, Damani Lewis, while trying to minimize the responsibility of their talented, but inexperienced Freshman, QB Erik Parker. Parker has done a solid job, but when he is forced into having to do more, he has struggled at times. Ball State is a team on the upswing, but they have some tough games remaining in MAC play. The Cardinals have Buffalo, Akron, Toledo, Western Michigan and NIU. The Western Michigan game will be a tall task, but there’s no reason the other games can’t be wins if the game plan is executed properly. Northern Illinois PPG: 16.4 PPGA: 28 Mid-Season MVP: WR Maxwell Rider (48 Receptions, 535 Yards, 5 Touchdowns) Where they stand: The NIU Huskies find themselves without a coach as coach @Tyrone28 has had to step aside from coaching. The Huskies have really struggled this season as the offense just hasn’t been able to click. The previous staff relied heavily on QB Emmett Mast, but he has proven that he is prone to turnovers having thrown 14 interceptions through 7 games. The Huskies found some offensive balance in their most recent game, a win over Kent State, so perhaps they will begin to turn the corner. The Huskies have Central Michigan, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Toledo and Ball State left on their schedule. If NIU has finally figured out their offense and Mast stops turning the ball over, there are some opportunities to build some momentum into next season. Eastern Michigan PPG: 18.0 PPGA: 31.5 Mid-Season MVP: RB Tyler Pearson (793 Yards, 113.3 YPG, 8 Touchdowns) Where they stand: After finishing the 2022 season at 6-7, Eastern Michigan and coach @cobaltblade99 were hoping to continue their upward trend. Unfortunately, it’s been a difficult season for the Eagles who currently sit at 1-6 (0-3). Eastern has been competitive in a majority of their games, but hasn’t been able to come out with a win. They’ve lost their last 3 games by a combined 15 points. RB Tyler Pearson has been very good for Eastern, but they simply don’t have much of a passing game to compliment the talented back. QB Robert Frazier just hasn’t been good enough having thrown 10 interceptions and only 8 touchdowns. Coach @cobaltblade99 had to be expecting more from his Senior signal caller. The Eagles have two winnable games left against Miami (OH) and NIU, but also have more challenging games against Central Michigan, Ohio and Toledo. At this point, a bowl game is likely not realistic, so the Eagles will be playing for pride and looking to pull off some upsets along the way. Toledo PPG: 23.0 PPGA: 23.5 Mid-Season MVP: OLB Blake Gauthier (27 Tackles, 3 TFL, 3 Sacks, 1 INT, 1 FF) Where they stand: In the category of “things I didn’t see coming” the Toledo Rockets currently sit at 2-4 (0-3). After starting the season 2-0 under, the now coachless Rockets have stumbled to 4 straight losses. During that time, the offense has been absolutely brutal. The Rockets have arguably the best offensive line in the MAC, but it hasn’t been able to get things going through 6 games. QB Mario Pierre and RB Alvin Hines are talented, but young. Perhaps their lack of experience is the main issue. This is still a team with a lot of talent, who should be much better than their current record. The Rockets have no chance at contending in the West Division, but a bowl game is still in play. With conference games against Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Ball State, NIU and Eastern Michigan, I fully expect Toledo to give each of these teams a tough game. They may even steal a few if they can get their offense going. Mid-Season All-MAC Team QB – Byron Suggs (351.1 YPG, 21 Touchdowns) RB – Alec Self (124.17 YPG, 8 Touchdowns) WR – Joseph Aikman (50 Catches, 680 Yards, 6 Touchdowns) WR – Brandon Lockhart (48 Catches, 670 Yards, 4 Touchdowns) WR – Dontae Peppers (34 Catches, 592 Yards, 7 Touchdowns) TE – Miles Hooker (34 Catches, 492 Yards, 4 Touchdowns) OL – Western Michigan (4.30 Rating, 5 Sacks Allowed) DE – Kayden Soriano (14 Tackles, 3 TFL, 5.5 Sacks, 1 FF) DE – Damione Ridley (15 Tackles, 3 TFL, 5 sacks) DT – Ronnie Riley (13 Tackles, 3 TFL, 4 Sacks) DT – Kareem Lindsey (21 Tackles, 4 TFL, 3.5 Sacks) OLB – Blake Gauthier (27 Tackles, 3 TFL, 3 Sacks, 1 INT, 1 FF) OLB – Micah Bean (25 Tackles, 4 TFL, 2 Sacks, 1 INT, 1 FF) ILB – Leo Forrest (32 Tackles, 1 TFL, 1 Sack, 3 INT) CB – Keandre Williams (14 Tackles, 5 INT) CB – Miles Bradford (14 Tackles, 4 INT) FS – Geno Atkins (26 Tackles, 1 TFL, 2 INT) SS – Matthew Arnett (28 Tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT) K – Sam Clifford (12/15 FG, 21/21 PAT) P – Eric Caudill (42.5 AVG)
  4. I was disappointed that we only managed to score 19, but somewhat happy we held them to 24, despite giving up 400 yards of offense. Needed Suggs to have a performance similar to what he did against MSU, but Minnesota was just too deep.
  5. My goal was to build the depth knowing that this season would be when I had the most points to really start going after some high end players. Given my past point totals I could really only fight Illinois for 2-3 marquee players. Glad to see you’re off to a good start, but it’s an uphill battle with Illinois, Purdue and Minnesota in your division.
  6. Appreciate the thought, but in comparing the Minnesota and MSU rosters, I think Minnesota has more talent and MSU beat me by 10 earlier this season.
  7. Bye: Akron , Buffalo , Ball State , Toledo , WMU Thursday Night Match-up: Kent State (2-4) at Northern Illinois (1-5) Stormstopper Line: Kent State (-3) We were caught off guard by the delay fakeout and didn’t have time to get a preview done before Thursday games, but I still wanted to give some love to coach @Traith and coach @Tyrone28. To sum it up, NIU QB Emmett Mast was much more effective in this game, throwing more TD’s than INT’s for a change. NIU ran the ball a bit more and scored all of their points in the 2nd and 4th quarters as they came away with a 31-21 victory. Congrats to coach @Tyrone28 Friday Night Match-up: Bowling Green (2-4) at Eastern Michigan (1-5) Stormstopper Line: Eastern Michigan (-6.5) Our first Friday night match-up will see a couple birds of prey go to battle as the Falcons from Bowling Green led by coach @PoopyRhinoPickle head north on US-23 to take on the Eagles of Eastern Michigan and coach @cobaltblade99. Bowling Green had the week off after taking care of business against NIU in Week 7. For Eastern, they stumbled to their fourth consecutive defeat, losing on the road to Ball State. What to watch for (EMU): Can Tyler Pearson do more? RB Tyler Pearson is easily the most skilled player on the EMU offense. He’s had a good season thus far, averaging 118 YPG and scoring 6 touchdowns. The problem is that the EMU passing attack hasn’t done much to help out the talented back. Having Pearson rush for 150 yards or more would go along way in helping the Eagles earn a victory, but it won’t be easy as BGSU ranks 4th in the MAC in total defense giving up 301 YPG. What to watch for (BGSU): Can BGSU have success through the air? BGSU is a pass first offense who ranks 3rd in the MAC with 267.5 YPG passing. Their opposition is a team that struggles against the pass, ranking 10th in the MAC and giving up 251.1 YPG. If A.J. Coyne can continue to sling the ball around like has of late, the Falcons should be competitive in this game despite being nearly a touchdown underdog. What will happen: I’m a fan of A.J. Coyne and like what he brings to the table. Even as a sophomore he’s the more talented QB in this match-up and I think that’s going to be the difference in this game. I’m going to go with the underdog Falcons to leave Ypsilanti with the W. Prediction: BGSU 28 EMU 20 Match-up: Ohio (4-2) at Miami (OH) (0-6) Stormstopper Line: Ohio (-18.5) Next on the slate is the top of the MAC East, Ohio, coached by @bbates728 against the bottom of the MAC East, Miami coached by @chawsley. It’s been tough sledding for the RedHawks as they’re currently winless and outside of one game, they haven’t been very competitive this season. Ohio comes off of a bye week after narrowly beating South Alabama (18-17) in Week 7. What to watch for (Ohio): Can Ohio field 11 players? This is not a knock on coach @chawsley because he takes over a very difficult situation, but if Ohio lines up 11 players on both sides of the ball and just plays football, they should be victorious here. The Bobcats look to be the favorite in the East and Miami is a long way from being competitive. Ohio QB Austin Lowe has been very efficient this season and he simply needs to play his game. What to watch for (Miami): Can Miami find some balance on offense? The RedHawks have spent the past two games running the ball and completely ignoring the passing game (2/6 passing, 22 yards). Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked as they’ve been outscored 73-13 in those match-ups. Miami will have to find some balance as RB Nazir Randolph simply isn’t good enough to carry the offense. What will happen: I don’t think there’s anyway that Ohio can lose this game unless there's catastrophic injuries to multiple players. If Miami doesn’t try to find balance on offense this game won’t be close. If they’re able to find some success passing then it may be more competitive than their last two games. Prediction: Ohio 34 Miami 10 Saturday Afternoon Match-up: Central Michigan (4-2) at Minnesota (4-2) Stormstopper Line: Minnesota (-15) Are your favorite colors maroon and gold? Do you like offense? If the answers are yes, then this is the game for you! The Chippewas and coach @robcarlson77 head to the Twin Cities to take on coach @lucas and his Golden Gophers. Both teams sit at 4-2 on the season. Minnesota is coming off a loss that knocked them from the Top 25. The Chippewas head into their final con-conference game after manhandling Appalachian State last week. What to watch for (CMU): Can Daveed Huff continue to have success running the ball? Huff had been below average through his first four games, but has finally found his form as he's rushed for 256 yards and 3 touchdowns in the past two games. QB Byron Suggs leads the nation in yards per game (370.5) and passing touchdowns (20), but having a productive Huff helps to balance the offense and keep the opposing defense honest. What to watch for (Minnesota): Can the Minnesota Running game reach 100 yards? The Golden Gophers sit at 4-2 on the season. They’ve failed to hit the 100 yard rushing mark in 3 games with 2 of them ending in a loss. Whether or not Sophomore RB Tradeveon Jennings can reach the century mark may have a big impact on the outcome of this game. QB Robert Lynch is the main piece of this offense, but he has a quality back to hand the ball off to in Jennings and a stable of wide receivers that may be able to take advantage of an average Chippewa secondary. What will happen: The QB’s for each team will ball out, but the Golden Gophers depth will prove to be too much for CMU to overcome. Suggs has been playing with a chip on his shoulder all season, but one man, no matter how good he’s been, likely can’t win this game. Or can he? Prediction: Minnesota 35 CMU 28
  8. If I get past Ohio in a few weeks, it will likely be 7-0 CMU vs 7-0 WMU in the final game. On paper WMU will be the favorite should that happen, but still a lot of games left.
  9. Anyone predict Toledo to be 0-3 in the MAC to start? Likely to be 0-4 with a game against WMU up next.
  10. Yes. In the words of Coach Reilly, “it’s not worth winning if you can’t win big.”
  11. Welcome back! It was a tough task writing these the first week, but once I figured out how to structure them, I enjoyed it! im really hoping Huff can replicate last week. I have all the faith in the world in Suggs, but it’s nice to have a more balanced attack.
  12. Thursday Night Score: Bowling Green 27 Northern Illinois 13 My Prediction: Bowling Green 27 Northern Illinois 23 POTG: Bowling Green QB A.J. Coyne - 26/43 for 299 yards and 2 touchdowns What happened: A.J. Coyne had a productive night through the air passing for 299 yards, 2 touchdowns and no turnovers. Coyne’s favorite target was WR Brandon Lockhart who caught 10 passes for 128 yards. Coyne’s efficiency was the difference in the game as he outperformed his counterpart, NIU QB Emmett Mast. I went with the upset pick in my preview and it paid off. NIU had a little more success on the ground, running the ball for 44 yards, which almost doubles their season total as they had only 58 yards rushing through 5 games. But NIU is still sticking to airing it out and it just isn’t working for them. Coach @Tyrone28 will have to figure out a game plan that fits the personnel and it just hasn’t happened yet. Score: Ohio 18 South Alabama 17 My Prediction: Ohio 38 South Alabama 13 POTG: Ohio Kicker Sam Clifford - 4 for 5 on field goals What happened: Coach @rocksaucesundae called me out for my score prediction and nearly proved me wrong. He certainly proved that his Jaguar squad should not be overlooked. The Jaguars held a 14-6 halftime lead, but were not able to come away with the victory. In the end, it came down to the kicking game as the deciding factor. Ohio Kicker, Sam Clifford, connected on 4 of his 5 field goal attempts (missed from 42 yards) while South Alabama Kicker, Samuel Laird, connected on only 1 of 3 attempts (missed from 43 and 53 yards). The Ohio offense was able to move the ball accumulating over 300 yards of offense, but had to settle for field goals too often. Luckily for the Bobcats, their Freshman kicker was up to the challenge. Friday Night Score: Kent 16 Akron 13 My Prediction: Akron 23 Kent 21 POTG: Kent State RB C.J. Williams - 22 carries for 106 yards and 1 touchdown What happened: I stated in my preview that I simply did not have a good gauge on how this game would play out, but I felt that Akron would win a close one. This game was close, but it was Kent State who would come out with the win. In a game that featured five field goals and only two touchdowns, the Golden Flashes defense was able to keep Akron in check holding their offense to 243 yards. The kicking game ended up being the difference as Kent State Kicker, Jonah Schofield, connected on all three of his attempts (all from under 30 yards), while Akron Kicker, Phillip Lane-Hickey, connected on two of three attempts, failing to connect from 47 yards out. Score: Central Michigan 35 Miami 10 My Prediction: Central Michigan 42 Miami 13 POTG: Central Michigan RB Daveed Huff - 19 carries for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns What happened: I figured it would be the Byron Suggs show in this game, and while he played fine, it was Daveed Huff who finally emerged from his slumber as he rushed for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns. Huff had only rushed for 191 yards through his first 4 games, so this was a welcome sign for the CMU faithful. Miami came out with a new game plan to try and run the ball. While it was somewhat successful, as Nazir Randolph rushed 30 times for 135 yards and 1 touchdown, the passing game was non-existent completing only 2/4 passes for 22 yards. 157 yards of total offense (40 yards less than their season average) isn’t likely to get the job done against many opponents. Score: UMass 20 Eastern Michigan 17 My Prediction: Eastern Michigan 31 UMass 21 POTG: UMass RB Rick Strauss - 21 carries for 128 yards and 1 touchdown What happened: My what will happen prediction focused on the success of EMU RB, Tyler Pearson, but it was UMass RB, Rick Strauss, who outperformed the talented EMU back. This was a very evenly matched game with UMass slightly outgaining EMU 320 to 291. UMass has played their competition tough in several games this season and it finally paid off as they get their first win of the season with the 20-17 win over EMU. For the Eagles, they will go back to the drawing board to see what they can change as they move into conference play. Saturday Afternoon Score: Western Michigan 35 Western Kentucky 14 My Prediction: Western Michigan 38 Western Kentucky 21 POTG: Western Michigan QB Keith Jackson - 20/30 for 270 yards and 3 touchdowns, 4 carries for 8 yards and 1 touchdown What happened: The Broncos continued to take care of business on Saturday as they handled Western Kentucky 35-14. It was the Keith Jackson show as the talented Bronco QB led WMU to a 21-0 halftime lead and simply cruised in the 2nd half. The Hilltoppers struggled to run the ball (7 carries for 20 yards) and QB Riley West was only able to complete 50% of his passes while throwing for 199 yards and 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. The talent gap and lack of offensive output was simply too much for the Hilltoppers to overcome My Prediction Accuracy (Week): 4-2 My Prediction Accuracy (Season): 7-4
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