Tuesday Nov. 8 MAC Picks
The Election isn’t the only thing to bet on Tuesday. Two Mid-American Conference match-ups kickoff the week of college football tonight for fans looking for a break from the election.
Eastern Michigan Eagles (5-4, 2-3) at Ball State Cardinals (4-5, 1-4)
The Ball State Cardinals face a difficult challenge in needing to win two out of their last three games to become bowl eligible. Ball State’s last bowl appearance was in the Go Daddy Bowl concluding the 2013 season. The Cardinals can start by defending their own turf in their home finale. The Cardinals are 0-3 in conference home games this season.
Eastern Michigan needs one more win to become bowl eligible although one more win alone may not be enough. The Eagles have not played in a bowl game in since 1987 and have dropped five straight in the series against Ball State.
Eastern Michigan is 5-1 against the spread in their last six conference games. Eastern Michigan has also won its last five games as an underdog against the spread and has covered in four straight road games.
While the over is just 3-6 in Eagles’ games this season, the over is 7-1 in their last eight games as an underdog of 0.5-3.0.
Ball State is currently a one point home favorite. Ball State is 1-7 against the spread in their last eight conference games, 1-9 against the spread in their last 10 games as a home favorite, and 0-6 against the spread in their last six home games against teams with a winning road record.
Despite both teams defensive struggles this season, both Ball State and Eastern Michigan are just 3-6 against the over this season.
I am going with Eastern Michigan +1 and predicting Eastern Michigan 34 Ball State 31.
Western Michigan Broncos (9-0, 5-0) at Kent State Golden Flashes (3-6, 2-3)
This game opened up at Western Michigan -18 and I applaud you if you locked in at that number. Kent State has announced the suspension of star senior safety Nate Holley indefinitely. Holler leads Kent State with 12.3 tackles per game.
Western Michigan is 25-9 against the spread in their last 34 games overall, and 9-2 against the spread in their last 11 games as a favorite. Kent State is 2-8 against the spread in last 10 games against a team with a winning record.
Kent State should have a hard time scoring against the Broncos. The Golden Flashes rank dead last (128th) in the NCAA averaging just 308 yards per game. Kent does however rank 23rd in total defense nationally which is makes them second in the MAC allowing 344 yards per game.
Western Michigan ranks 12th in the nation in total offense which makes them second in MAC (507 ypg). Western Michigan ranks first in the conference in scoring defense and fourth in the conference in total defense allowing 369 yards per game.
This one could get ugly. My pick is Western Michigan -21. Western Michigan 38 Kent State 13.
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