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Other 5 brief hoops

AAC-  SMU beat Michigan but  can’t play in the post-season. Cincy looks sharp and has big intra-city contest against Xavier today. Houston finally played a decent team Rhode Island and lost.

CUSA: Disappointed that UTEP (BTW< MWC recruiting them) lost to Texas – Arlington.  Louisiana Tech faces Ol Miss this week. They lost to Memphis earlier this season so the jury is out.

MAC: Bowling Green and NIU are shining early but I’m intrigued by Akron with the solid trio of Forsythe, Jackson , & McAdams.

MWC .UNLV Rebels lost a tough one to Wichita St (MVC)  , but Van Vleeet was solid.

SunBelt: Props again to TX-ARL and still like Ark LR when conference play starts.

Other5= AAC,CUSA, MAC,MWC,& SUNBELT

Bowl time

I’m focusing  on matchups between members of  the three conferences we’ve followed all season :MAC, CUSA, &Sunbelt.

 

BOCA RATON BOWL Marshall /NIU Marshall D will struggle stopping the Hare/Stingley show but Cato will toss a few TDs . MU 31 NIU 27
POPEYES BAHAMAS BOWL WKU 47 CMU 45
Doughty(WKU)outduels Rush (CM) in QB shootout
Go Daddy Bowl Toledo/Ark St
Kareem Hunt sparks the Rockets to  a 30 -20 ground battle  win over Ark St
Raycom  Bowl South Alabama/Bowling Green:
BG ‘s QB Knapke has thrown for  2805 yards and 13 TDs , but USA will survive a shootout with a good effort from  Bridge. USA  40 BG 38
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 Dec 24:  I was correct on Marshall winning but  didn’t see them dominating NI. MU 52 NIU 23. The big MU3 were stellar

Passing: R Cato (MRSH) – 281 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: DJohnson (MRSH) – 15 CAR, 131 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T Shuler (MRSH) – 18 REC, 185 YDS, 1 TD

 Dec 25-Got damn close on predicting the final score which was WKU 49 CM 48-  still got the winner. Rush had better stats but Doughty’s team  won.
C. Rush 28/45 493 11.0 7 1 84.0
Central MichigaN

Western Kentucky Passing

C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT QBR
B Doughty 31/42 486 11.6 5 0 98.7

Jan 5-Late gewtting back to this blog:  I picked Toledo but they  more than doubled my guess on their point total. Toledo 63 Ark St 44. Hunt was a beast 32 CAR, 271 YDS, 5 TDfor Toedo while Knighten was stellar in defeat  tossing for 403 yards and 5 tds for Ark St.

S.Bama put up a good fight , but  BG’s Knapke to Green combo was too much .. BG 33  USA 28.

 

Three out of four ain’t bad

week 12 another 3

 

Early MAC week

I’m going with an old standby. Hare in the air and Stingly on the ground will earn NIU the home winagainst a solid rushing Toledo squad.

Sunbelt

I’ll go with the App St  Lamb/Cox show  in a road win at Ark St, but Knighten will toss enough TDs to keep it close

CUSA

The Rice Owls need a road win badly at Marshall, but Cato’s Kids are too potent even w/o Devan Johnson

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11/12/14

NIU 27 Tol 24 : Stingly  2 TDs, Hare 1Td – got this one right.

11/16/14

Devan J returns and MU rolls over Rice-got this one

Nailed the App St game:  APP 327 Ark st 32

Passing: T. Lamb (APP) – 255 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: M. Cox (APP) – 40 CAR, 229 YDS, 2 TD

3-0 for the week

week 9 quick 3

Hurrying up for a Tuesday Sunbelt game which also makes my list.

SunBelt Ga Southern is 4-0  in conference play but Ark St and ULL are also undefeated (2-0). Ark St has a decent rushing game led by Gordon,  Knighten(QB) and White.  McGuire, Broadway(QB), and Harris  will get the better of the ground warfare . ULL 25 Ark St 19

MAC- Again, I’ll take  the Minutemen led by Frohnappel (2483 yards, 18TDs, 6 ints) in an aerial invasion of Toledo. UMass 35 Toledo 26

CUSA: FAU has re-gained some swagger and look for Jay Warren averaging 5 yards a carry to keep the Owls close at Marshall, Cato’s arm and Devan’s legs will  outlast them . Marshall 30 FAU 27 CUSA will get my poll vote this week.

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Post game reviews:

Oct 23: Bigger score (ULL 55 Ark St 40) than expected  and McGuire and Knighten exploded.

Passing: F Knighten (ARST) – 344 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing:  E McGuire (ULL) – 19 CAR, 265 YDS, 4 TD

Oct 27:

Devan Johnson  272 yards , 4 tds rushing  MU  strong second half put away FAU 35-14

 

UMass scored 35 but Toledo scored 42. Frohnapfel threw 5 TDs for UMass,  but that wasn’t enough as  Woodside threw 3TDs for Toledo and the rushing tandem of  K.Hunt 198yards , 1 Td &  Swanson 97 yards , 2TDs  provided more support.

 

Two out of three for the week 

 

 

 

week 6, best game poll

CUSA:

Marshall Herd  should  eventually ride away from ODU. Cato and Devan Johnson will prevail in a battle at ODU .Monarchs QB Heinicke will keep them in the game for three quarters.

MAC

NIU survives the Kent St flashes in a home nailbiter

Sunbelt

Passing Pete Thomas will lead the Warhawks in a shootout W @ and over Ark St

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10/4/14

Another 2 out of 3 week:   Correct on: Marshall 56 ODU 14 , NIU 17 Kent 14

 

Wrong about Ark St 28 ULM 14:  It was their Knighten to McKissic connection, not Thomas of  ULM

Mid majors bowl preview 2013/14

Famous Idaho Potato Dec 21
Buffalo (MAC) vs. San Diego State

Buffalo Bulls had a strange November going .500. Licata, Oliver,  and Neutz are a potent trio when they’re on. The SD St Aztecs  were doing well in November until UNLV leveled them. Aztecs  O trio of Kaehler, Muema , and Ruffin will be a tad more potent and lead SD St to a 46-44 win.

12/22/13

I nailed this one , Aztecs started quickly and cruised to a 49-24 win. Big props to SDST RB Adam Muema who scored three touchdowns and rushed for 230 yards,

R+L Carriers New Orleans Dec 21
Tulane (CUSA) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette  (SUNBELT)

Tulane has  leveled off but they have a decent D and Joe Montana’s son Nick at QB. ULL ‘s QB Terrance Broadway leads a Cajuns O that plays well, at times.  Tulane’s D should save them. Tul 20 ULL 16

12/22/13

I was wrong ULL 24 TuL 21. Neither starting QB was effective  and  starting RB Darkwa almost carried (3 rushing TDs) Tulane to win.  Cajuns D deserves some props.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Dec 23
East Carolina (CUSA) vs. Ohio (MAC)

Ohio has been erratic and ECU  was rolling behind S. Carden( 358 504 3866 yards 32TDs) until a tough late-season loss to Marshall. Pirates beat ACC teams UNC & NC St, and lost a squeaker to VTech. ECU 31 Ohio 16

12/25/13- I wasn’t too far off on this one  ECU won 37-20, Carden & Cooper  had great days:

Passing: S. Carden (ECU) – 273 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: V. Cooper (ECU) – 25 CAR, 198 YDS, 2

Little Caesars Pizza Dec 26
Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green (MAC)

I’m was leaning toward  BG after their impressive MAC title game win but Coach Clawson’s exit for Wake Forest has me wavering. BG RB Travis Green  rushed for over 1500 yards  and averaged five plus yards a carry. Pitt defeated Duke and Notre Dame  but lost to  Navy & UNC. I’ll  take Pitt (ACC) in a nailbiter.

12/27/13:  Pitt hung on (30-27) against the fiesty Falcons led by  M.Johnson (BGSU) – 272 YDS, 2 TD.

S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Dec 26
Utah State vs. Northern Illinois (MAC)

Lynch   & the Huskies  will bounce back after the loss to Bowling Green and beat  the Utah St. The Ags QB Chuckie Keeton has had a decent season but  their improving has been  the key. The Huskies in a low-scoring game 20-16.

12/27/13: Utah St  held Lynch to 39 yards rushing and won 21-14. Rough Thursday night for the MAC.

Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman   Dec 27
Marshall (CUSA) vs. Maryland- First time these  two schools have played  a football game against each  other and I expect an ugly game. Rakeem Cato has thrown 36 TDs and only 9 INTs, but I look for the Terps to make a few picks and  their O should take advantage of a Marshall D that  gave up a lot of points in the CUSA.  Terps 23 Marshall 19 and  keep your eyes on  Gator Hoskins,  a solid TE for the Herd who’ll be playing on Sundays.

12/27/13: I was right about Hoskins and so wrong about my Terps. Props to Rakeem Cato 28-44-337-0 , too. Marshall 31 MD 20

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Dec 30

Middle Tennessee (CUSA) vs. Navy

Middies  are 1-5 in their last six bowl games and rely heavily on  their QB Keenan Reynolds- 25 TDs (19 rushing, 7 passing). MTSU won five in a row to finish the regular season and will need the D to play big. I predict a tie but the NCAA undid that option.

12/31/13: Navy  played better than I thought against the erratic Blue Raiders in a 24-6 W.

AutoZone Liberty  Dec 31
Rice (CUSA) vs. Mississippi State

Miss St saved their season by beating Ol Miss. They have too much talent to lose to Rice. I look for the Bulldogs D-line to punish the Owls.

1/1/14: Miss St 44 Rice7 Final score says it all

HEART OF DALLAS BOWL @ COTTON BOWL – DALLAS, TX Jan 1

My apologies for not making a  prediction. Mean Green woke up in the second half  behind Derek Thompson  who threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns and won in their first bowl appearance in nine years.

North Texas  36  UNLV 11

GoDaddy  Jan 5
Arkansas State (SUNBELT) vs. Ball State (MAC)

Ark St loses another head coach (Harsin to Boise St) to a bigger program and it’s hard to argue with  these numbers  from Ball St’s QB Keith Wenning(3,933 yards, 34 touchdowns, six interceptions).

Can Ball St  help the MAC avoid a winless bowl season?

1/6/14: Ark St did  a solid job slowing down Wenning,  scored last, and won 23-20. Nice stat line for: RB Rushing:  J Edwards (BALL) – 28 CAR, 146 YDS, 1 T

Mid majors Tuesday, NIU, & the BCS

One game tonight: NIU hosts a   weak  Western Michigan and Jordan Lynch will  continue their undefeated march to another major bowl game. More later in the week.  Here’s my final must-see poll of the season.

Bowling Green /Buffalo victor wins the MAC East.

Ark St travels to WKU  and needs a win  against the improving Hilltoppers to stay in the SunBelt title race.

Carden and ECU Pirates travel to Huntingdon WVA to face Marshall(Cato) for the CUSA East crown.

MAC

Lynch for the Heisman. Yes, I’ll continue to repeat myself.  P.J. Fleck helped recruit quarterback Jordan Lynch to Northern Illinois so the first-year Western Michigan coach had to stand there and watch him rush for 321 yards and 3TDs, plus a passing TD in 33-14 NIU win.  Bowling Green took care of Buffalo  to win the MAC West and  will try to derail the Lynch train in the MAC final next week. Akron edged Toledo in the only close contest yesterday.  Ball St, Ohio, & C.Michigan had easy wins over , respectively, MiamiO , UMass, and E.Mich.

Sunbelt

Troy became bowl eligible with a 52-28 win over Tx St. Petrino’s WKU Hilltoppers continued their late season improvement with a 34-31 win over Ark St and ULM  gave ULL it’s first conference loss. ULL holds a one game lead over Ark St and faces a tough foe  ,  the S. Bama Jags, next week  The  Metheny to Jones  Jags’ connection was too much for Ga St. yesterday.

CUSA

 Cato’s Herd  easily beat ECU 59-28 and clinched  the East which will like ly set up a Marshall/Rice  CUSA final if Rice beats Tulane today. FAU  beat FIU in the Shula Bowl.

 

Rice held off Tulane in the closest CUSA contest. S.Miss blew out  UAB for  it’s first conference win  since 2011 behind Mullens’ five TD passes. UTSA, MTSU, & N.Tex cruised by ,respectively, La Tech, Tulsa, & UTEP 

I can’t sign off w/o saying (again): Skip Holtz must go for La Tech to flourish.  A bowl preview of mid -major squads is in the oven.