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October 17, 2013

BroncoBlitz picks the MAC: Week Eight

SU = Straight up
ATS = Against the spread

David James: 55-11 SU, 28-38 ATS
D.J. Duckett: 57-9 SU, 30-34-2 ATS
Brian Persky: 56-10 SU, 34-31 ATS

After a difficult week of spread picking, BroncoBlitz.com staff looks at another week full of league action while still putting up impressive weeks straight up.

Navy at Toledo (-10), Saturday noon

David: Navy isn't half bad this year, although it's all about matchups when you take on an option unit. Toledo is vulnerable enough against the run to make this interesting, but I think they'll be well-prepared at home. Toledo by 13

DJ: Toledo hasn't stopped the run very well this year so Navy may rack up some yards, but in the end, I see the Rocket offense taking off in this one. Toledo by 21

Brian: Keenan Reynolds will be a tough matchup for the Rockets, but they've had two weeks to solidly prepare for this game. I like Toledo to outscore the Midshipmen at home. Toledo by 14

Akron (-7) at Miami, Saturday 1:00pm

David: This is easily Miami's best chance for a win, and it's not a great one. They'll give the Zips a fight, and it's hard to pick a team to go winless, but Akron has been playing too well to lose this game. Akron by 5

DJ: Not exactly the highlight of the MAC schedule this week. Its not often that a team like Akron is favored by 7 on the road, I have to think someone else knows something i don't. Give me the Zips. Akron by 14

Brian: As badly as I want to pick Miami in this matchup, I'm taking the Zips. Miami just can't put up enough points to keep up with anyone so far this season. Akron by 10

Ohio (-17) at Eastern Michigan, Saturday 1:00pm

David: EMU just looks like a beaten team right now. Hard to see them being competitive against Ohio, who should be angry coming off a home loss to Central. Ohio by 24

DJ: Though Ohio has disappointed some offensively this season, I think they will get things together in Ypsilanti. Ohio by 21

Brian: The brutal schedule continues for the Eagles, and they don't get a break until WMU comes to town in three weeks. I expect the Bobcats to come out and make a statement after last week's shocking loss. Ohio by 28

#23 Northern Illinois (-16) at Central Michigan, Saturday 3:00pm

David: Kelly/Shorts Stadium has been a house of horrors for NIU, making this a tempting upset pick coming off of a big CMU upset of Ohio. It won't be easy, but the Huskies stay perfect. NIU by 14

DJ: CMU coming off a big win will be riding high. That being said, I would like their momentum over many teams in the MAC, but not the Huskies. Jordan Lynch will run all over the CMU defense. NIU by 28

Brian: I'm calling Central Michigan's win in Athens last week a fluke. In my opinion there's too much over-inflammatory hype over this game. The Huskies will put the Chips in their place. NIU by 21

Kent State at South Alabama (-6.5), Saturday 3:00pm

David: Kent State is another team that's been oh-so-close to pulling off big wins. As competitive as USA has been at times, I like the Flashes' talented skill players to have a big day. Kent State by 10

DJ: In these non-conference matchups, i tend to always like the home team in a close game. Throw in a bye week for the South Alabama defense to prepare for Dri Archer, I think the Jaguars win this one. South Alabama by 1

Brian: I'm always going to take the team with a bye week to prepare in a close matchup, especially at home. The Jaguars might not win a best-of-seven series against Kent State, but they will win on Saturday. S. Alabama by 4

UMass at Buffalo (-21), Saturday 3:30pm

David: Buffalo's defense forces multiple turnovers and the Bulls roll, continuing to keep pace at the top of the MAC East. Buffalo by 28

DJ: Buffalo seemed to figure some things out last week against WMU. I think they build upon that this week at home facing the Minutemen. Bulls by 24

Brian: I see potential here for the Bulls to sleep on the Minutemen a bit, and make this game closer than it should be. I'm still picking Buffalo to win, but not by much. Buffalo by 10

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