MAC Week 8 Predictions
MAC Week 8 Predictions
The MAC enters Week 8 of the college football season confident of the success over the last seven weeks. The conference has one team in the Top 25 (No. 23 Northern Illinois) and four other teams (Ball State , Bowling Green , Ohio and Buffalo) looking to make some noise down the stretch.
Akron (1-6) will take to the road to face the winless Miami (OH) RedHawks (0-6) this Saturday. Akron has played very well this season and is on the cusp of bunching together some victories over the next couple of weeks. The Zips have played very well on the road this year. They lost to Northern Illinois by seven points last week, played Bowling Green very tough in the first half before losing by 17, and had the Michigan Wolverines on the ropes in the Big House. The Zips should be in a position to get the conference road victory against the RedHawks this Saturday.
Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning is the best quarterback the nation has never heard of. While Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch grabs the MAC headlines, Wenning has been having a solid season for the Cardinals. On the year, Wenning has completed 60.5 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns and five interceptions. The senior makes great decisions and is cool under pressure. Wenning is the main reason the Cardinals have the No. 12 ranked passing offense in the nation averaging 332.9 passing yards per game. Ball State is 6-1 on the season and is undefeated in the MAC (3-0). The Cardinals are in a perfect position to challenge the Huskies on November 13 when the teams face each other at Ball State.
It is shaping up to be another great season for the MAC, and here are the predictions for this weekend.
Navy 42 Toledo 37
The Rockets will struggle facing the triple option for the first time this season. Toledo should be able to move the football, however, the rushing attack of Navy will be too much to handle.
Akron 45 Miami (OH) 10
The Zips have played extremely well on the road this season and should be able to move the ball against a mediocre RedHawks defense. The Zips defense played very well in last week's loss to Northern Illinois.
Ohio 24 Eastern Michigan 21
Ohio will get back on track this weekend after an upset loss last week. Quarterback Tyler Tettleton and running back Beau Blankenship will lead the way to the Bobcats' victory.
Ball State 35 Western Michigan 13
Keith Wenning leads the 12th best passing offense in the nation that is hitting on all cylinders entering this match-up against Western Michigan.
South Alabama 17 Kent State 13
The Jaguars are 2-3 on the year and have a very good passing offense. Kent State has struggled offensively behind freshman quarterback Collin Reardon.
Northern Illinois 45 Central Michigan 30
The Huskies are ranked in the Top 25 and have had back to back lackluster wins the last couple of weeks. This week the Huskies' offense will explode against an undermanned Central Michigan defense.
Buffalo 21 UMASS 17
The Bulls are rolling winning four straight games and have a very solid defense led by linebacker Khalil Mack. The Bulls will have their work cut out for them, but they will get their fifth straight victory on the year.