MAC News & Notes Week 4


Last week had some very impressive showings in the MAC.  Big wins by Temple, Miami(OH) and UCF highlighted week 3.  Hard fought losses by Ball State, Kent State and Northern Illinois show how deep this conference truly is.

Last Weeks Best Performance

Temple had the biggest win of week 3, with a 30-16 victory over UConn.  The Owls have now won 8 straight home games and start a season 3-0 for the first time since 1979.  Bernard Pierce had a huge day for Temple.  The Owls running back had 169 yards and 3 TD.  The biggest play of the game from the Temple defense.  Temple DE Adrian Robinson stripped UConn RB Jordan Todman on 3rd and short, then took the ball to the house for a 24 yard strip and score.  The Owls never looked back from there.
STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 19: Running back Bernard Pierce #30 of the Temple Owls carries the ball during a game against the Penn State Nittany Lions on September 19, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Looking Ahead to Week 4

It is Big Ten week in the MAC, as almost every conference member plays an opponent from the Big Ten Conference.  The only exceptions being Miami(OH) travels to Columbia,MO to battle the struggling Tigers, Ohio travels to Marshall and Buffalo heads to UConn.  This could be a very tough week for the MAC to find wins, as the Conferences best team heads to Penn State and an extremely tough crowd.  Bowling Green heads to Ann Arbor to face the Wolverines.  This will be a tough game for the Falcons.  Ohio travels to take on Marshall. The Akron Zips head to Indiana to face the Hoosiers, the list just goes on an on of tough games for the MAC this week.

Ranking the MAC

East 1. Temple  2. Miami (OH)  3. Bowling Green  4. Ohio  5. Kent State  6. Buffalo  7. Akron

West  1. Toledo  2. Northern Illinois  3. Central Michigan  4. Ball State  5. Western Michigan  6. Eastern Michigan

Week 4 Picks

Temple @ Penn State  Penn State wins 24-17

Bowling Green @ Michigan  Michigan wins 44-20

Ohio @ Marshall  Ohio wins 24-23

Buffalo @ UConn  UConn wins 30-14

Akron @ Indiana Indiana wins 38-13

Miami(OH) @ Missouri  Missouri wins 52-21

Northern Illinois @ Minnesota Minnesota wins 20-16

Central Michigan @ Northwestern  Northwestern wins 24-17

Toledo @ Purdue Toledo wins 21-20

Ball State @ Iowa Iowa wins 45-10

Eastern Michigan @ Ohio State Ohio State wins 59-6

Writen by Jason Madson @isbnJMAD on Twitter

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