MAC goes 7-6 in week two of 2012 college football season

September 10th, 2012

13 games filled the second weekend of the 2012 college football season for the Mid-American Conference as the conference as a whole bounced back from a 4-9 opening weekend to win 7 of the 13 games in week two. As we labeled the favorable match-ups in week two just before kickoff on Saturday, our breakdown showed MAC schools go 5-0 in games we labeled that they should win, 0-4 in the games they should lose and 2-2 in the bubble games.

With two weeks under our belts the MAC has a lone undefeated team in the 2-0 Ohio Bobcats, 9 teams at 1-1 overall and 3 teams with 0-2 marks in Akron, Eastern Michigan and Massachusetts. Meanwhile, Nick’s MAC Football Picks went 11-2 giving Nick a 22-3 record picking winners through two weeks of the season.

MAC Football Week 2 - Favorable match-ups for MAC

September 8th, 2012

Week 2 of the 2012 college football season kicks off at 12:30 pm ET for the MAC when Ball State plays @ #12 Clemson. All 13 MAC schools are in action in Week 2 with several favorable match-ups which should, keyword should, produce a winning record for the Mid-American Conference by day’s end. Here’s a breakdown of the games based on expected results:

MAC should win: Ohio vs New Mexico State, Buffalo vs Morgan State, Northern Illinois vs Tennessee-Martin, Western Michigan vs Eastern Illinois, Miami vs SIU - The Bobcats must prove they are indeed a true MAC title contender and handle NMSU, the lone FBS opponent on the list above. The remaining games are mis-matches on paper, but that’s why they play the games.

MAC expected to lose: Central Michigan vs #11 Michigan State, Ball State @ #12 Clemson, Kent State @ Kentucky, Indiana @ Massachusetts - There is little reason to believe CMU or Ball State can pull off the upset, but both can have a good showing and make their games close. The Kent vs Kentucky game is an interesting match-up, but Kent State is not far enough along to b ready to upset a SEC school, even if it is Kentucky. UMass is a few years away from even contending in the MAC, let alone beating a Big Ten school.

Bubble Games: Bowling Green vs Idaho, Akron @ Florida International, Toledo @ Wyoming, Eastern Michigan vs Illinois State - BG needs to beat Idaho to feel good about this week - the Falcons should be a contender for the MAC Championship and wins over other FBS teams are rare for anyone but the upper echelon of the MAC so BG needs to get this one. The EMU game is the scary one; the MAC needs to beat their FCS foes if they ever want to get any respect nationally.

2012 starts with rough week one for MAC schools

September 2nd, 2012

The 2012 college football season kicked off this past weekend with all 13 MAC football teams in action. With a single conference game on the slate along with 11 non-conference games. While several games featured very tough match-ups for the conference including eight games against Football Bowl Subdivision BCS conference schools, MAC schools were able to muster only a single win in those games. Leading the way was Frank Solich’s Ohio Bobcats squad, winners at Penn State by a final score of 24-14 and cementing themselves as one of the favorites to win the MAC Championship Game at the end of the year.

Overall the wins and losses break down like this - the conference went 2-0 against FCS/Division I-AA schools with Kent State and Central Michigan scoring convincing wins. In the lone conference game Ball State topped Eastern Michigan 37-26 holding off a late rally from the Eagles. Against the Big Ten the MAC scored a 1-3 mark with losses to PAC 12, Big East, SEC and Conference USA schools. In the end the conference’s rough week was just a game different than predicted by Nick at VanDelay Sports. His well-known Nick’s Picks column of weekly MAC football picks saw Nick choose correctly on 11 of 12 games with only his WMU upset of Illinois being incorrect in Week #1.

VanDelay Sports releases 2012 MAC Football Preview

July 31st, 2012

VanDelay Sports is well known for its annual MAC football recruiting analysis, Pigskin Preview and weekly MAC football picks. With the 2012 college football season set to kick off shortly, we present our 2012 MAC football preview below. Our predicted 2012 MAC football standings are below and be sure to click on the team names to visit the individual team previews.

Conference realignment finally reached the MAC as Temple rejoined the Big East and UMass moves up from the FCS ranks keeping the league’s awkward 13-team format. The MAC is coming off of their most successful post season in league history after recording a 4-1 record during the past bowl season. This year there is no clear cut favorite but one fact that doesn’t change is the power is clearly in the west division. The west has posted a dominating 27-11 record during inter-league play over the past two seasons and that trend should continue in 2012.

> Read the entire 2012 MAC Football Pigskin Preview

Ohio seems poised for 13 seed in 2012 NCAA Tournament

March 11th, 2012

While it will be another one bid year for the MAC, a conference that has just one NCAA Tournament win in the last decade, the owners of that win seem to have played themselves into a better seed. While ESPN’s Joe Lunardi originally projected Akron as a #14 seed, with Ohio winning and the owners of a 27-7 record the projections now show the MAC Champion as a #13 seed. This means Ohio Bobcat fans are more likely to have to travel farther as Portland hosts two 4/13 games, Albuquerque one 4/13 game and Nashville the other 2012 NCAA Tournament site. Of course the Bobcats nearly upset Florida in a 4/13 game in 2005 in Nashville with a comeback that CBS Sports took off the air only to have to come back to after Ohio tied the game late. The Bobcats, who upset Georgetown in a 3/14 game in 2010, will look to pickup their second NCAA Tournament win in three years this season.

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#1 Akron Zips vs #3 Ohio Bobcats - MAC Tournament Championship Game

March 10th, 2012

The 2012 MAC Tournament Championship Game will tip off tonight at 8 pm featuring a rematch of the 2010 MAC Championship as the #1 Akron Zips face the #3 Ohio Bobcats. Both teams completed a 3-0 sweep of the semifinal opponents with Akron topping Kent State and Ohio knocking off Buffalo to earn the Saturday night, ESPN2 televised contest. Akron enters as the #1 seed at 22-10, 13-3 MAC and RPI #52 while Ohio, the #3 seed in the Tournament is 26-7, 11-5 MAC, RPI #60. The winner will earn a berth in the 2012 NCAA Tournament with Joe Lunardi projecting yesterday the MAC Champion as a #14 seed facing #3 Michigan and playing in Columbus, Ohio. VanDelay Sports will be Tweeting live court side from the MAC Tournament. Visit us online and check out the MAC Tournament scores on VanDelaySports.com and follow us on Twitter @VanDelaySports.

Ohio is your winner in a thriller 64-63 and heads to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. DJ Cooper (Ohio) gets the MAC Tournament MVP award with Nick Kellogg (Ohio), Alex Abreu (Akron), Justin Greene (Kent State) and Mitchell Watt (Buffalo) joining him on the All-MAC Tournament team.

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#2 Buffalo vs #3 Ohio - MAC Tournament Game Notes

March 9th, 2012

#2 Buffalo faces #3 Ohio in the nightcap of two Friday night games in the 2012 MAC Tournament on SportsTime Ohio. VanDelay Sports will be Tweeting live court side from the MAC Tournament. Visit us online and check out the MAC Tournament scores on VanDelaySports.com and follow us on Twitter @VanDelaySports.

Ohio tops Buffalo 77-74 holding on despite Buffalo having several chances in the final 30 seconds to tie to game.

All-MAC Tournament Team Watch: Mitchell Watt is a beast. He gets my vote for the All-MAC Tournament team no matter how tomorrow plays out. DJ Cooper is the leading guy for Ohio but Keely and Baltic could get votes with big games and an Ohio win on Saturday night.

#1 Akron vs #4 Kent State - MAC Tournament Game Notes

March 9th, 2012

#1 Akron faces #4 Kent State in the first of two Friday night games in the 2012 MAC Tournament on SportsTime Ohio. VanDelay Sports will be Tweeting live court side from the MAC Tournament. Visit us online and check out the MAC Tournament scores on VanDelaySports.com and follow us on Twitter @VanDelaySports.

Akron is your winner 78-74 as they hold on for the win despite a run by Kent State in the closing minute.

All-MAC Tournament Team Watch: Nick Cvetinovic is the player of the game with 15 points, 4 boards but another solid game from Justin Greene of Kent State keeps him in the running for one of the 5 All-MAC Tournament Team spots. Greene finished with 20 points and 8 rebounds after leading Kent to victory last night. Michael Porrini and Randall Holt also played major rolls in keeping Kent in the game with Porrini having a nice 11 point, 6 rebound, 9 assist night. Akron’s standard balanced attack saw Alex Abreu score 13 points with 4 assists and 2 steals and Zeke Marshall finish with 8 points and 8 rebounds.

#3 Ohio vs. #7 Toledo - Live Game Blog

March 8th, 2012

#3 Ohio faces #7 Toledo in the nightcap of two Thursday night games in the 2012 MAC Tournament on SportsTime Ohio. VanDelay Sports will provide a live in-game blog while also Tweeting live court side from the MAC Tournament. Visit us online and check out the MAC Tournament scores on VanDelaySports.com and follow us on Twitter @VanDelaySports.

Keep up with us on Twitter @VanDelaySports as technical difficulties are making the live blog rather difficult to maintain efficiently.

All-MAC Tournament Team Watch: With Baltic having a rough night offensively in Ohio’s 65-57 win, the lone Ohio player worth of mention thus far is DJ Cooper. A hot game by anyone can change that tomorrow night, but keep an eye on Cooper for now.

#4 Kent State vs. #8 Western Michigan - Live Game Blog

March 8th, 2012

#4 Kent State faces #8 Western Michigan in the first of two Thursday night games in the 2012 MAC Tournament on SportsTime Ohio. VanDelay Sports will provide a live in-game blog while also Tweeting live court side from the MAC Tournament. Visit us online and check out the MAC Tournament scores on VanDelaySports.com and follow us on Twitter @VanDelaySports.

Probable starters for Kent State: Porrini, Holt, Guyton, Manns and Greene. probable starters for WMU: Ward, Douglas, Pokley, Whitfield and Stainbrook.

13-6 Kent State leads at the first media timeout with Greene leading with 4 points. Poring dives into the crowd and comes up lame with the trainers seemingly focused on his right hamstring. As a big piece of the Kent State puzzle he’d be a huge loss if he cannot continue. At the second media time out at 10:46 Kent leads 22-14. After the timeout Porrini is back on the court as we go under the 10 minute mark. With 3 pts and 3 ast in 6 minutes he is showing his value to the team. Just under 9 minutes and Demitrius Ward picks up his second foul.

35-30 is our halftime score. Due to technical difficulties please follow @VanDelaySports on Twitter for updates. Moments after tweeting that WMU’s Matt Stainbrook was getting out hustled on both ends of the court, he gets called for a ridiculous Flagrant 2 leading to his ejection. Objectively speaking this is a terrible call and with under 8 minutes to play and Kent State up 19 this game is over.

WMU makes a ridiculous comeback to cut the lead to as little as 3 and Kent holds on, almost miraculously. Kent tried to give this one away and continued to shoot themselves in the foot as they survive and advance 76-72. Kent faces Akron at 7 on Friday night in the semifinals.

All-MAC Tournament Team Watch: With Kent advancing it seems safe to say none of the WMU players will make the All-MAC Tournament team. Not a single player stood out statistically. From Kent State Justin Greene scored 23 with 9 boards and 4 assists while Michael Porrini returned from in-game injury to score 10 with 8 assists and 6 rebounds.