A Preview of Week 5’s MACtion

CMU @ BC (-7.5)

The Chippewas have had one of the most inconsistent offenses in the MAC so far, and that all starts with grad-transfer quarterback Shane Morris.

Aside from a stellar five-touchdown performance against lowly Kansas, Morris has struggled at the helm for the Chips. Morris has more passing attempts than any other MAC quarterback, while ranking just 7th in passer efficiency.

In his other three games, Morris has completed just barely over 50% of his passes. Now, that doesn’t sound too bad, but with the Chips’ pass-heavy offense, if they want to win Morris needs to be on his game.


Ohio @ UMass (+6.5)

UMass is 0-5 going into this game. 0-5. Ohio is coming into this season with a hot 3-1 start.

On the defense, they posess a ferocious d-line with the second-best MAC rush defense so far this season. This one doesn’t really seem like much of a question to me. Ohio’s defense is going to be too much for UMass.

On the offensive side, Ohio ranks third in the MAC for total offense. This line for this game is obviously blowback from the almost upset that UMass was close to pulling off last week vs. Tennessee. I like Ohio in a landslide.

Buffalo @ Kent State (+7.5)

Here we get one of the actual MACtion games this week. In Buffalo’s game last week against Lane Kiffin’s FAU, starting quarterback Tyree Jackson came out of the game with a knee injury.

Luckily for the Bulls, back-up Drew Anderson was able to win the game with a late touchdown, but the Bulls are a different team without Jackson, who hasn’t been ruled out for Saturday’s game but he did not practice early in the week.

The Golden Flashes come into the game last in total offense and second to last in defense. Even if the Bulls are without their starting quarterback, they should be able to handle Kent State and cover.

EMU @ Kentucky (-14.5)

This is an interesting one as far as the line goes. Eastern has shown how its pass-heavy offense can win games, but this one in Lexington is going to be tough.

Kentucky’s team this year actually isn’t half bad. The Wildcats were just about 10 yards short on a last-second field goal attempt from being 4-0 with two SEC victories.

That said, they look good and have one of the most balanced offenses in the country. I think the Big Blue run away with this one.

Miami (OH) @ Notre Dame (-21)

After coming off of a rout of Central Michigan last weekend, the Redhawks are technically 1st in the MAC East.

The upside for Miami is their defense, especially against the run. Miami ranks third in the MAC in rushing defense, and they’re going to need it. Notre Dame comes into this game averaging nearly 300 yards rushing per game. 300!

Look forward to so good ole fashioned run game showdown. I think Notre Dame is a lot better than they are ranked and will have no problem with the Redhawks.

Akron @ Bowling Green (+3)

Probably the worst MAC game this week.

Ball State @ WMU (-14.5)

I like Ball State just a little bit in this matchup. With one of the better offenses and defenses in the MAC, the Cardinals aren’t the most exciting team, but they are consistent.

If Ball State’s secondary can hold up against the rebuilding Bronco’s passing game I really think they could have a shot at this game. I like the Cards in a little #MACtion upset.

NIU @ SDSU (-11)

Here’s a fun one. You just got home from dinner, you just got to a party that sucks, or you had a bad day gambling and this game is your savior.

Either way, 10:30pm west-coast late games are the best, and here’s one with a little MACtion. NIU comes in at 2-1 after a bye-week and a big win against Nebraska.

But San Diego State has got a good team this year starting off the year 4-0. I hope the Huskies have some tricks up their sleeve to score against the Aztecs tough defense.

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