MAC Week 6 Predictions
MAC Week 6 Predictions
As the MAC enters the month of October, teams will focus on winning their division and will fight for an opportunity to play in the championship game in December. Some teams such as Northern Illinois Huskies (4-0), Bowling Green Falcons (4-1), and the Ball State Cardinals (4-1) have started to separate themselves from the pack. For others that have struggled in the first part of the season, Week 6 provides an opportunity to put the first half of the season behind them and look forward to the possibility of playing in a bowl game.
For four schools in the MAC Week 6 will spotlight homecoming weekend. Ohio will travel to Akron, Western Michigan will head on the road to face Toledo, Northern Illinois squares off at Kent State, and UMASS will battle at Bowling Green. The home teams will have the opportunity to showcase their talent in front of an electric atmosphere and will be looking to get the victory in front of a larger than usual crowd.
This weekend will give an opportunity for the Central Michigan Chippewas and the Miami (OH) RedHawks to pick up a much needed victory when they play each other. Both teams have struggled offensively and will look to break out on Saturday.
There is no doubt that Week 6 will provide great play across the conference and some interesting outcomes. Here are the predictions for the weekend.
Ball State 35 Virginia 28
Ball State is ranked 10th in the nation in passing offense averaging 335.8 passing yards per game and is scoring 40 points per game. The Cardinals will be able to move the ball on the Cavaliers and score the road upset.
Buffalo 23 Eastern Michigan 14
The Bulls are playing with confidence and have won two straight games. They are 2-0 at home this season and should move to 3-0 after Saturday's game.
Miami (OH) 17 Central Michigan 13
Both teams have struggled to score points, however, Miami (OH) has played a very tough schedule so far this season. The RedHawks have been able to create turnovers on defense and are a +4 in turnover margin. Central Michigan is a -4 in turnover margin and is playing on the road.
Akron 34 Ohio 31
It will be homecoming weekend in Akron, and look for the Zips to impress the crowd. Akron has played very well over the last three weeks. They have been tied or led at the half in each of the last three games. Ohio has been struggling to run the football this season and that can make the Bobcats very one-dimensional against Akron.
Toledo 33 Western Michigan 16
Toledo has playmakers at every skill position. Look for the Rockets to exploit the holes in the Broncos defense on Saturday.
Bowling Green 27 UMASS 0
Bowling Green has the 31st ranked scoring defense in the country (18.4 points per game). UMASS has struggled offensively this season and is averaging seven points per game (125th in the nation).
Northern Illinois 31 Kent State 21
The Huskies are coming off a very impressive road victory and are 4-0 on the season. The Huskies will continue the momentum and forge ahead to a hard fought road win. The game could be closer due to the fact that Northern Illinois will be playing back to back road games.