MAC Conference Games to Watch for Week 2


 

The MAC is a conference that doesn’t get much love, week in and week out there are huge games inside the MAC conference. Starting this Saturday, the competition begins. The games are already beginning to become conference games. With all that said, here are the top two games to watch inside the MAC.

Central Michigan at Temple

               For Central Michigan they do begin this season without Dan LeFevour who was the outstanding quarterback for them last year. They come in against the team that finished second in the conference, Temple and it makes for a great 1-2 matchup although the number one, Central Michigan may have a setback with a new quarterback in town.

Who to watch for on the Chippewas:

               Quarterback Ryan Radcliff will have big shoes to fill replacing LeFevour but hasn’t lost all his weapons. Wide receiver Kito Poblah, a senior will be the go to receiver coming off his 53 reception season last year in which he was targeted in key situations. Tight end David Blackburn only caught twelve passes last season but could be involved more this year as an outlet to the young quarterback. The defense returns five players from last season including two senior linebackers Matt Berning and Nick Bellore. Bellore lead the team in tackles with 132 last season so he could make this game very tough on Temple.

Who to watch for on the Owls

               No doubt that the main player to watch for on Temple is one of the best college running backs in the nation, Bernard Pierce, who rushed for 1,361 yards and 16 touchdowns last year. If Temple wants to knock off the Chippewas they will shoulder the load on to Pierce. The Owls do also return two wide receivers including Joe Jones and Michael Campbell who nearly had identical numbers. The tight end is actually the starting quarterback from last year, Vaughn Charlton who feels he can make more plays at that position which hands the keys over to Chester Stewart, a junior, at quarterback.

I think there might be a little to much ground game for the Chippewas so I’ll take the Owls in this game.

Toledo at Ohio

Toldeo finished fourth last season in the MAC and Ohio respectively finished fifth. The Rockets of Toledo are coming out with almost an entirely new offense starting a new quarterback, Austin Dantin, running back, Morgan Williams and two new wide receivers in Jimmy Davidson and Kenny Stafford. Ohio is in the same position as Toledo so both teams will be going with new lineups in a crucial conference battle.

 

 

Who to watch for on the Rockets

Quarterback Austin Dantin will need to be a force on a high powered offense if they want to put Ohio on the ground. There is enough load on Eric Page to make him a heavyweight. The defense returns one player in Jermain Robinson, free safety, who is only a sophomore.

Who to watch for on the Bobcats

Ohio comes out starting James “Boo” Jackson, a senior, at quarterback and Vince Davidson also a senior, at running back.  The offensive line has five returning starters from last season so they may prove to be the x-factor for the offense. The defense was tied with Texas for takeaways last year in the nation with 37. They return five starters including linebacker Noah Keller who might be the best defensive player in the MAC.

Toledo and Ohio both come out with new offensive players and their defenses are still a force for both teams. All in all I think Toledo will come out firing the ball around the field and ultimately, end up with the win.

Written by Mike Pendleton @MP2310 on Twitter

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