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October 12, 2012

BroncoBlitz picks the MAC: Week Seven

It was a solid week for the entire staff, as there wasn't any shuffling in the leaders but BroncoBlitz put up an impressive 20-1 record straight up and 13-8 against the spread.

SU = Straight up
ATS = Against the spread

David James: 51-8 SU (7-0 last week), 25-22-1 ATS (5-2)
D.J. Duckett: 45-14 SU (7-0), 27-21 ATS (4-3)
Brian Persky: 47-12 SU (6-1), 24-23-1 ATS (4-3)

Navy at Central Michigan (-1.5)

David: Navy's been less than impressive all year, and I really don't think this one's all that close. CMU's improving. Central by 14

D.J.: This looks to be a matchup of struggling teams, and I don't see either one being the overwhelming favorite coming in. I think it will come down to Central's defense diagnosing the Navy offense and rallying to the football. Central by 3

Brian: Normally, I'd lean towards the service academies in a close line. But with Navy quarterback (and leading rusher) Trey Miller banged up, I'll give the Chips the edge here at home. I think the scoreboard operator stays pretty busy in this one. Central by 10

Kent State (-2.5) at Army

David: Kent State's still trying to earn their respect, but this is a good team. Again, don't think it's all that close. Kent by 17

D.J.: In the MAC's second game against a service academy this week, the up and coming Flashes are headed to Army. I think that Kent will have a good chance to come away with a victory in this one. Kent by 7

Brian: Which Army team is going to show up this Saturday against Kent State? The one that gave NIU trouble and rushed for 516 yards in a 34-31 win over Boston College, or the team that scored only 3 points in a loss to FCS Stony Brook? Kent State might have some trouble on their hands. Army by 3

Toledo (-16.5) at Eastern Michigan

David: I think Toledo's due for a bit of a letdown on the road in quiet Ypsilanti. They'll still get it done, but it stays interesting. Toledo by 10

D.J.: I see the Rockets doing well in this matchup. EMU has struggled lately and I don't think that they right the ship this week. I personally don't see this being that close. Toledo by 20

Brian: A chance Toledo looks ahead on the schedule here playing host to #21 ranked Cincinnati. But I think they get a quick wake-up call and blowout the Eagles, like many others have already done. Toledo by 21

Akron at Ohio (-20.5)

David: Ohio's not exactly showing an ability to blow out lesser opponents, and Akron's not as bad as they once were. Ohio by 7

D.J.: This could be of a blowout if the Zips can't slow down Ohio's offense. Tettleton has been clicking on all cylinders and it will take a special performance from Akron to take down the Bobcats. Ohio by 21

Brian: Ohio nearly three touchdown favorites against Akron? A little surprising after Ohio has struggled in back-to-back weeks against two of the MAC's bottom dwellers. Ohio's quest for an undefeated season continues. Ohio by 14

Buffalo at Northern Illinois (-14.5)

David: Jordan Lynch and NIU are firing on all cylinders. Buffalo's no match on the road. NIU by 24

D.J.: This could be a relatively high-scoring affair. For me, the key will be Buffalo's offense, stringing together long drives, in order to keep NIU's offense off of the field. I still like Jordan Lynch to lead his team to the victory NIU by 13

Brian: NIU is rolling. Now they host a banged up Buffalo team? Not even close. NIU by 21

Miami at Bowling Green (-7.5)

David: This is probably the battle for third in the East. Miami's 2-0 in the MAC, but I'm unconvinced. BGSU by 10

D.J.: This was a difficult matchup to pick for me. I like what Miami has done on offense, and against the weaker opponents in the MAC, but going in to Bowling Green and prevailing on the road seems like a tall task for me. I like the Falcons in this one. BGSU by 6

Brian: Does the Bates move to Boston College become a distraction for the team this week? Possibly. But regardless, I really like this Bowling Green team and their defense in particular. Might be a bigger margin of victory than people think. BGSU by 14

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