Ball State's Justin Hall
Ball State's Justin Hall (11) is hit by Western Michigan's Keni-H Lovely (18) during an NCAA football game on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Kalamazoo, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)


Mike Shara

Ball State at Akron (+20.5, 0/U 58.5 on DraftKings) 7:00 pm on CBSSN
Eastern Michigan at Toledo (-8.5, O/U 54.5 on FanDuel) 7:30 pm on ESPNU
Miami at Ohio (+7 on FanDuel, O/U 53.5 on DraftKings) 7:30 pm on  ESPN2

Every week I write a small synopsis of the previous weekend’s action in college football followed by a mini preview of what games could prove worth watching this coming weekend. For brevity’s sake, I generally tend to focus on the programs currently ranked in the AP Top 25 – there are way too many college football programs in America for me to write about all of them every week. Besides – who reads anything anymore? This article should probably just be made into a TikTok where I ride a unicycle around and begin every sentence with “you guys…” – that would get some response!

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The folks in the boardroom at the Mid-Atlantic Conference have figured out an innovative way to get people to discuss their college football games, though – and it doesn’t involve social media. All they had to do was move their games to Tuesday nights! It’s kind of genius – there are only three FBS football games tonight and they all feature MAC schools. So if you’re the kind of person who isn’t interested in the baseball season possibly ending tonight or figure it’s too early in the NBA or NHL season to really take an interest in games, the MAC has you covered. All three games begin at 7 or 7:30 pm, so you could certainly flip between these games during one of the 31 pitching changes that will doubtlessly occur in tonight’s World Series game. Maybe you normally wouldn’t watch Mid-Atlantic Conference football, but maybe by the end of this season you’ll be jonesing for your Tuesday Night Football (hey…it’s not impossible).

To help get you hooked on MAC right away, the first game features the 4-4 Ball State Cardinals heading into Akron to face the Zips, who have struggled thus far, winning just 2 of their first 8 games. They were absolutely bulldozed by Buffalo at home last week, allowing the Bulls’ defense a school record 11 quarterback sacks. Despite great work recently from running back Jonzell Norris, it’s hard to imagine them slowing down Ball State’s offense frequently enough to win the game, but I do think AKRON will score enough to cover the spread so I’m taking the UNDER.

Next up Eastern Michigan travels to Toledo’s Glass Bowl (is it invisible like Wonder Woman’s plane?) to face the 4-4 Rockets, who just defeated Western Michigan last week for their first in-conference home win of the season. Toledo has clearly struggled at home this season and the EMU Eagles’ offense has been rolling lately, scoring 86 points in their last two games. I expect the high scoring to continue tonight, and for EASTERN MICHIGAN to cover, if not win the game out right and for this game to go OVER.

In a Buckeye State battle that mercifully involves no teams named the Buckeyes, we then have the RedHawks of Miami driving just a few hours west to Athens to take on the struggling University of Ohio Bobcats, who are just 1-7 so far this season and without a win on home soil. Despite just a 4-4 record, Miami has played better lately, recording consecutive huge conference wins over Ball State and Akron in the last two weekends. (Sorry – – weekNIGHTS) and need this game to continue to stay on top in the weak MAC East. I’m picking MIAMI to stay hot, win and cover tonight and that number looks a little high for these teams to me, so I’m also going UNDER.

Parlay Odds +627: Ball St vs Akron Under 57.5 Pts, Eastern Michigan +8.5 and Miami -7.5.

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