Week 11 TONIGHT - CMU vs. Ball State

Posted Nov 5, 2013

Week 11 MAC Fearless Predictions & Previews - Central Michigan vs. Ball State

Central Michigan (3-5) at Ball State (8-1) Nov. 6 8:00, ESPN2

Why You Should Give A Hoot: Everyone is talking about Northern Illinois as a possible BCS buster, but Ball State is also 5-0 and deep in the hunt for the West title and the MAC championship. The Cardinals might have gaffed against North Texas, but they're on a roll with a key win over Toledo to go along with all the layups against the MAC dregs. NIU is up next week, but first, BSU has to take care of a dangerous Chippewa squad.

Central Michigan tagged Ohio a few weeks ago and wasn't bad in a loss to Northern Illinois. With losses to the Huskies and Toledo, any hope of winning the West is realistically gone, but if the Chippewas can beat Ball State, they should go on a terrific roll with Western Michigan, UMass and Eastern Michigan to close.

What Will Happen: Defense? Ball State? The secondary has done a terrific job, mainly because everyone spends so much time running the ball on the Cardinal D, but Central Michigan doesn't have a dangerous enough ground attack. BSU is great at taking the ball away, and CMU gives up way too many turnovers.

Prediction: Ball State 34 … Central Michigan 17
Line: Ball State -20.5 o/u: 58
Must See Rating: (5 The Wolf of Wall Street – 1 Ass Backwards) … 2
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Ohio (6-2) at Buffalo (6-2) Nov. 5 12:00, ESPN2

Why You Should Give A Hoot: The MAC East issue won't be settled in Amherst, but it'll be an important step. Buffalo sits on top of the division unbeaten, red-hot on a six-game winning streak. However, not only have all six victories come against bad teams; they've come against some of the worst in college football. Outside of wins against each other – WMU over UMass and Kent State over WMU, along with a UMass win over a winless Miami – not one FBS team UB has beaten has a win over another FBS team with a win over another FBS team? Make sense? No? It's bad. Meanwhile, Ohio overcame a puzzling loss to Central Michigan to beat Eastern Michigan and Miami. At least the Bobcats have good wins over Marshall and North Texas on the résumé.

What Will Happen: No, this won't settle anything considering Bowling Green still gets its shot against both teams, but it's important. Will Buffalo's brand of ball control and not turning the ball over be enough? The Bulls are about to step into a whole different worlds with the Ohio passing game efficient enough to get by, and the pass rush strong enough to control things, on the way to a key win.

Prediction: Ohio 30 … Buffalo 23
Line: Ohio -3.5 o/u: 54
Must See Rating: (5 The Wolf of Wall Street – 1 Ass Backwards) … 2.5
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Bowling Green (5-3) at Miami University (0-8) Nov. 5 8:00, ESPNU

Why You Should Give A Hoot: While Ohio and Buffalo are going to go at it with first place – at least a piece of it – on the line in the East, Bowling Green gets the layup. Miami has gone 0-8 with a bullet, suffering painful loses to teams like Akron and UMass thanks to a shaky defense and without any real semblance of offense. Bowling Green is coming off of two straight losses, and while neither one really matters – Toledo, who beat the Falcons 28-25 – is in the other division.

What Will Happen: Miami has the worst offense in the MAC and has no defensive pressure to pick up the slack. The RedHawk lines have been terrible, and they're about to get beaten on as the Falcons flex a little bit of muscle on the road.

Prediction: Bowling Green 38 … Miami University 10
Line: Bowling Green -23.5 o/u: 46
Must See Rating: (5 The Wolf of Wall Street – 1 Ass Backwards) … 1
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