The college football’s Week 10 menu features an intriguing menu of sudden death football in the major conferences and independent. It’s safe to say no small conference or mid-major team as a chance to qualify for the final four though Central Florida still unbeaten will see itself in a New Year’s Day bowl. We’ll look at the MAC conference where Ohio and Akron remain in the hunt for the MID American East regular-season championship. In the Western division of the MAC, the Toledo, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan remain in the hunt for the division title. Ohio host Kent State and a win assure them of the regular season title. Last time out Ohio defeated Kent State 48-3. Miami of Ohio covered a-3 spread by defeating a valiant Buffalo team 24-14. Miami of Ohio signature win is a week four trouncing of Central Michigan. Except for the Notre Dame fiasco where the Irish destroyed those 52-17 the red hawks as played everyone tough. Last year Ohio defeated the red hawks 17-7. I expect a tight game I’ll take the +10 and Miami of Ohio to cover. Ohio is maybe looking ahead to MAC championships since they have locked up the division. Final score Ohio 48-40 in OT or 45-42 OT Take Miami of Ohio to cover +10
The Central Michigan Chippewa’s and the Western Michigan Broncos will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at Waldo Stadium. Western Michigan was a 20-17 winner in its last match on the road against Eagles. They covered the -2.5-point spread as a favourite. Last time out Central Michigan dismantled Ball State 56-9. Nonetheless, they do have a loss 30-10 loss to Toledo-one of the teams currently ahead of them for the division title. Western Michigan is still in the hunt for the division title in that they still have to play Northern Illinois and Toledo. I give Western Michigan the victory and the cover. Central Michigan is improving, and they play hard every week. I like Western Michigan because they are at home and focused on the task ahead.
In the other game of concern, Toledo and Northern Illinois see the winner in control of the Western Division title and a spot in the MAC championship game. Toledo defeated NIU 31-24 last season. I expect a bit of the same type of a game. NIU as injuries so I’m favouring Toledo to win the game 27-23, 30-20 or 19-10 ……I won’t wager on a cover Toledo -9
Akron holds a 4-1 record in the division and first place. Overall they are 5-4 with decent victories over Western Michigan and Toledo. I don’t expect Akron to look ahead to the big game with Ohio a game that will decide the Eastern Division regular season champion. Last time out Akron defeated Buffalo 21-20. Akron is idle this week, but the November 14th game with Ohio will decide the representative in the MAC championship game.
Other games of betting concerns before Big Saturday see Eastern Michigan at home to Ball State. Eastern Michigan is 2-6, but they have been more than respectable in losses to Ohio 20-27, Kentucky 20-24, Toledo 15-20, Army 27-28, Western Michigan 20-27 and Northern Illinois 27-30. I expect Eastern Michigan to blow out Ball State 49-13 and get the -24.5 cover. Navy visits Temple on Thursday. I like Navy to win this game early and often. The final score Navy gets a surprise win in Philadelphia 45-24. Take the money line be wild and gamble the points like me -9. Idaho has +18 to work with against a Troy team that is slipping. Give me Idaho on the road and points. Marshall always beats FAU; this year may be different with the new coach coming from Alabama. I like Marshall to cover the +9.5 points; I won’t wager any real money on the win except in a long shot bet parlayed with a group of DAWGS throughput the week. It’s funny because Tulsa played tough all year with nothing to show. Tulsa is one of the big disappointments along with UCLA, Texas AM, Florida, LSU to an extent and FSU and USC. That said you might see a big upset this Friday when they face Memphis. If the Tulsa players still have a fight I call for a cover at +12.5 the final score 51-41 or 47-38. UCLA faces Utah it won’t surprise me if UCLA gets the win that said I’m staying away. Utah is more than 4.5 favourites take the Bruins the final score 38-30 if UCLA can pull upset or 30-27 UTAH.
Those are my nibbles before the big games on Saturday come back to website Friday night early Saturday morning for Saturday picks.