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Feb 21 – three hot games

CUSA- La Tech(21-6, 12-2 C-USA) , the CUSA leader, travels north to face ODU (19-6, 8-5 C-USA) who will like need to win the CUSAT to make the Dance.  Freeman  will shine today for ODU as they get a big win.

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Buffalo

(16-9, 7-6 MAC)

Bowling Green

(17-7, 9-4 MAC)

Moss will put up big numbers for Buffalo but not enough to stop their recent slide. BG trying to re-group from a bad lossto Miami O will get a  big game for Richaun Holmes today.

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Feb 22: ODO and Freeman were  stoked from the beginning> Coach Jeff Jones knows a thing or two about getting to the Dance.

Ga Southern and Hewitt hung on against S.Bama 80-74.

My incorrect pick was BG who lost 68-56 despite a solid effort from Holmes(15 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 5 Blk). Buffalo was led by S. Evans 19 Pts, 1 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

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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 15 title games

CUSA: Marshall La Tech

 

Butler did a nice job filling in for the injured Devan Johnson in the tough loss to WKU to end  their undefeated season but Cato threw 4 Ints.. LT is coming off a rout  of Rice and Sokol is a hot QB. Marshall will re-group and edge LT 40-39.  Game site has not been determined.

MAC :  Bowling Green vs NIU @Ford Field in Detroit.

I’ve been going against NIU a lot this season so now I’ll reverse course. Hare will run and pass NIU over BG- 30-20. NIU Dwill be able to contain BG QB Knapke.

 

dec 6  review

BG hung around for  the first 30 minutes  but was squashed 51-17 by the Hare /Stingly combo  C. Stingily (NIU) – 15 CAR, 116 YDS, 2 TD   D. Hare (NIU) – 218 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

 

Cato and crew toughed it out in a nice comeback win 26-23 over LT

Week 11, pick 3

 

Tuesday & wednesday MAC games

Knapke’s arm will lead Bowling Green in a road win over Akron

Sunbelt- I’ll go with Texas St upsetting the league leader Georgia Southern. Brieda has rushed for 1100 yards for GS, but I’ll go with Bobcats backfield combo, Franks & Lowe.

CUSA- Sokol  has tossed for 2300 yards and Louisiana Tech is on a four game winning streak, but I’ll go with UAB  at home. Jordan Howard has been a stellar RB for the Blazers.

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11/5/14

Knapke was just ok (170 YDS, 1 TD) but BG won easily 27 -10

11/9/14

GAS got a 100yd pick 6 late in the 3Q which provided the cushion to syrvive a 15-0 TXST 4Q. Close but no cigar

 

Jordan Howard (UAB) was a beast again 148 yds, 1TD for UAB. but Ltech was too much  in the end. LT 40 UAB 24.

The MAC game saved me from an 0fer

MAC & Sunbelt one ticket each

Ok, I’m behind the curve on these two conferences but I’ll offer  some snippets for later criticism

Western Michigan will return to the Dance  led by David Brown 19 PPG. Akron & Toldeo are my dark horses.
MAC
EAST
Akron
Bowling Green
Buffalo
Kent State
Miami (Oh)
Ohio
WEST
Western Michigan
Toledo
Northern Illinois
Ball State
Central Michigan
Eastern Michigan

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I’m looking at Harrow & Hunter to lead Ga St back to the top but this time they’ll win SunBelt T and go dancing. Also WKY is now in the CUSA.

SUNBELT

Georgia St
Arkansas St
Arkansas-Little Rock
South Alabama
Texas State
Troy
UL Lafayette
UL Monroe
Appalachian St
UT-Arlington
Georgia Southern

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Dec 18 Sunbelt- Ga Southern beat  Southern Florida (AAC). MAC C. Michigan beat Northwestern.

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JAN  12, 2015:  Two division leaders meet Saturday Jan 17. Ball St led by Turner & Sellers atop the east and Bowling Green led by  Richaun Holmers (14.8 ppg , 8.7 rpg) atop the west

Sunbelt: top two teams meet Jan 15:

LA-Lafayette(10-5, 4-0 Sun Belt) led by Shawn Long @
Ga. Southern (10-3, 3-1 Sun Belt) led by Jelani Hewitt
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 Jan 17, 2015
ULM has joined  LALaf, and GSA atop the league at 4-1,and Ark-LR today.
MAC: Buffalo atop the East,  C.Mich atop the West
Jan 23, 2015

ULM (12-6, 6-1) has won four in a row since a loss to GSU and sit atop the  Sunbelt. Solid team effort- top stat man is

T. Ongwae 13.9  ppg  6.6 rbg

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Jan 26, 2015

Kent State led by Jimmy Hall ( 15.1 ppg, 7.2 rbg) has won five in a row and sits atop the East

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Jan 31 watch those GA schools in the Sunbelt today. First place GA Southern have won three in a row and host Ark LR. Jelani Hewitt is the top Eagle. Their next game is against  the second place GA St sqaud that hosts  Ark St today.

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Feb 1

Harrow led to GA St to an easy win over Ark St while Hewitt led GAS over Ark-LR.

Feb 5 showdown Ga St at Georgia Southern.

Feb 5

Tucker Haymond led Western Michigan (14-8, 5-4 Mid-American), which shot 50 percent, with 17 points. Tava and Brown had 16 each in win over Kent St  which knocked the Flashes out of first in the East. Toledo cruised past EMu to stay atop the West.

MAC 2014 football preview

East
BOWLING GREEN FALCONSHead Coach Dino Babers bring the Briles’Baylor system north and has solid QB Matt Johnson to run it. The adjustment from Clawson to Babers system may not be smooth but hey could go bowling again.
BUFFALO BULLS QB Licata will lead a high powered O that needs  Campbell to pick for Oliver at RB. The D has a huge void with departure of Mack. .500 season in 2014.
KENT STATE GOLDEN FLASHES: Plenty of questions for a disappointing 2013 campaign. Will Reardon improve at QB? Is a 4-2-5 D the answer?

AKRON ZIPS It will be worth watching how Chuck Amato tunes the D and Pohi is a reliable QB. If they win some low scoring squeakers they could get into the race in the east.

MIAMI (OH) REDHAWKS  Kern & Dooley anchor a solid LB corps & HC Chuck Martin  brings Hendrix, a  QB transfer from Notre Dame, that may jumpstart their O. Roller coaster season.
OHIO BOBCATS- Will Solich make the adjustments on offense? Is Darius Vick the answer @ QB? The D looks solid but that may not be enough.

MASSACHUSETTS MINUTEMEN- Whipple’s second stint @UMass will be tough. The major name is on  DStanley Andre (111 tackles, 6.0 for loss),. Cellar dweller time

WEST

BALL STATE CARDINALS:  Jahwan Edwards (1,110 yards and 14 touchdowns) leads a deep backfield and the ryan/Angle- led LB crew should be good enough.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES: Obviously replacing Lynch at QB is a major obstacle , but the loss of their starting front four of D could be bigger. Brown and Lewis lead a solid WR corps. Look for Huskies in a bowl game.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS Senior Titus Davis (61 receptions for 1,109 yards) will need the experienced D to excel to give CMU a chance for .500 season.
TOLEDO ROCKETS:  The D  led by Junior Sylvestre (118 tackles, 5.0 sacks), should be Ok  but finding an adequate replacement for Owens at QB will be a tough challenge.
WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS: How fast can the great recruiting class mature? Deron Chance  (692) gained an extra year of eligibilty. Maybe WMU suprises some teams in November?

EASTERN MICHIGAN EAGLES- No more English , Coach Ron) but these Eagles won’t soar. Maybe sophomore QB Brogan Roback, a former four-star signee,  improves?

 

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