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MAC crazy: O5 Bowl games Dec 22 -24

 

O5= AAC,  CUSA, MAC, MWC, SunBelt.

I’m going MAC CRAZY  and picking NIU, BG, W.Mich,  & Toledo are among my winners but Akron isn’t.

Idaho Potato: Utah St. vs Akron Dec 22. I’m still not sold on Terry Bowden but  his DC , Chuck Amato  has improved the D . Look for both USU QBs to find Hunter Sharp. USU 17 Akron 10

Boca Raton: Toledo vs  Temple Dec 22.  Campbell , Toledos HC Campbell  for , but  Iowa St, but their rushing attack led by Kareem Hunt. Toledo 22 Temple 16

Poinsettia: Northern Illinois vs Boise St. Dec 23.  NIU by a Hare 22-21. Look for Bougamon to get150 + rushing yards against a reeling BSU squad.

GoDaddy: Bowling Green vs Georgia Southern Dec 23 .Matty J & the Falcons will soar over a struggling GSU squad.  BG 29 GSU 15

Popeyes Bahamas: W. Michigan vs Middle Tenn. St. Dec 24.  Zack Terrell will lead Fleck’s Broncos to  win in  a shootout against the Blue Raiders. WMU 39 MTSU 29

 

Hawaii: Cincinnati vs S. Diego St. Dec 24 . I’m looking for Pumphrey to rush for 200 + as the Aztecs survive Cincy’s aerial show 31-30.

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

Four from three

The  winners of the CUSA. MAC , & Sunbelt tournaments will get automatic dance tickets and are too difficult to predict. Every year a few regular season winners are  sent to the NIT.  Western Kentucky & Georgia Southern are atop the first two conferences, and Buffalo and Toledo are atop the MAC divisions. I think the CUSA gets a possible  extra ticket. UAB is tied for the second with La Tech who they  just walloped and will be my dark horse  for the extra ticket. Anyone remember when they brought in Gene Bartow to kick start  the  new program almost thirty years ago? So much is up in the air with three weeks to go in the regular season.

Four players headed for solid NBA careers.

CUSA: Jerome Hill- UTSA  17 ppg 8rbg ; Raheem Appelby- Louisiana Tech  16ppg , 2rbg 2apg

MAC: Justin Moss- Buffalo- 18ppg 9rbg

SunBelt: Ryan Harrow- Georgia St- 20.4 ppg, 2 rbg ,  4.3apg

 

Feb 11: Moss had 33 points and 10 rebounds  for Buffalo in a loss to the red hot Toledo Rockets (six straight) in an East matchup. Bowling Green and Akron kept pace in the West

 

fEB 26:  Leaders

MAC: East then West

Bowling Green 10-5
Kent St. 10-5
C. Michigan 11-4

SUNB

 

Ga. Southern 12-4 19-6 138
Georgia St. 12-4 19-8 80
UL-Monroe 12-4

CUSA:

La. Tech 12-3 21-7 64
UTEP 11-3 19-7 60
UAB 11-4

2/27/15 CUSA update . Big LT win over Utep- ODU wins again. Props to Marshall’s steady improvement.

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?

 

CUSA 2014 football preview

East

Marshall: Rakeem Cato returns to lead the potent Thundering Herd but will sure miss Gator Hoskins, the talented TE drafted by the Dolphins. If the Herd can find some D. I don’t see anyone stopping them in the East. Kevin Grooms dismissal  will hurt the Herd’s depth at RB.

Florida Atlantic:  The Owls,free of the Carl Pellini  troubles, are one of my two dark horses. Head Coach Partridge has most of  #1 D  in the 2013 CUSA returning if they can survive the first two games at Nebraska & Bama.

Middle Tennessee- Blue Raiders will go as the  QB merry-go -round spins. Grammerly, Stocksill (coach’s son), orErdely. Some say Stocksill has the edge, The Blue Raiders  tempo style may not be enough in the  CUSA and will weak O & D lines land them in the basement?

WKU: Jeff Brohm tales the reins from hit and run Petrino and will need to evaluate QB Doughty quickly, then look for RBs to replace  Antonio Andrews.   Hilltoppers won’t be atop many opponents this season

UAB- Perhaps the best thing going for new HC Phil Clark is the QB-WR connection.  Incoming Juco QB Cody Clemens , the likely starter will have the top 3 targets back from last year, including big play threat Jamarcus Nelson, who averaged 20.1 yards per catch last year on 46 receptions and scored 8 TDs

Old Dominion:  Coach Wilder’s Monarchs up-tempo O led by Taylor Heinicke will put up some points , but I don’t see them getting to far out of the cellar.

FIU : Can true Freshman QB Alex McGough save Turner’s job?

WEST  

Rice :   If your team is the Owls (FAU) then you must’ve shared a scheduler for a tough first two games, @Notre Dame and @ Texas A&M. Rice had a solid D in 2013 , but  have big holes in the  D secondary with the departures of Gaines &  Porras. Can Dillard & Davis  replace Charles Ross @ RB?

UTSA:  Coker may finally have  the Roadrunners in contention. The transition at QB  from Soza  to  Carter  and the emergence of Glasco at RB  are the keys on offense. The D  will need to be great up front to cover for some of the doubts about the secondary .

North Texas: Pegram  &  Jimmerson returns to anchor  a solid offensive backfield   that may miss Byrd a little. Their D should be Ok but they;ll need more special teams  heroics to duplicate the solid 2013  season

Southern Miss-  If USM can keep Coach Monken for a few seasons and Mullens develops at QB the Golden Eagles may find their way back to the top of the CUSA.

UTEP Showers (QB) and RBs , Jones and Jeffery, will put up the points, but  the lack of D will keep the Miners  out of contention.

 

Louisiana Tech-   Skip Holtz train continues to derail in 2014. The transition from Dykes up tempo style was miserable in 2013. Who knows why LT ignored its personnel when picking  a HC? Tech will rely on Sokol, a JC transfer QB, and a stable of RBs , to pull of a miracle in the fleet style CUSA.  They’ve brought in Manny Diaz as DC, (remember him at Texas),  and are hoping for  one of his  great first seasons before  sinking. Maybe they’ll beat Old Dominion &UAB in conference.

 

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