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Wednesday MACtion Odds, Predictions and Best Bets – Buffalo vs Central Michigan, Kent State vs Bowling Green, NIU vs Western Michigan

John Perrotto

by John Perrotto in College Football

Nov 8, 2022 · 5:00 PM PST

Central Michigan Chippewas quarterback Daniel Richardson readies for the snap
Sep 4, 2021; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Central Michigan Chippewas quarterback Daniel Richardson (10) readies for the snap against the Missouri Tigers during the game at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
  • Three MAC games are scheduled for Wednesday night: Buffalo vs Central Michigan, Bowling Green vs Kent State and Northern Illinois vs Western Michigan
  • Buffalo and Bowling Green are tied with Ohio for first place in the MAC East
  • A look at the matchup and odds for Wednesday night MACtion can be found below with picks

If it’s the second Wednesday in November, then it means time for more MACtion.

Three Mid-American Conference games are on tap, all starting at 7 p.m. ET, as Buffalo visits Central Michigan at Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, Bowling Green hosts Kent State at Doyt L. Perry Stadium and Northern Illinois travels to Western Michigan for a game at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo.

ESPN 2 will televise Buffalo vs Central Michigan. CBS Sports Network will carry Kent State vs Bowling Green. Northern Illinois vs Western Michigan will be on ESPNU.

The games are particularly important for Buffalo and Bowling Green as they are in a three-way tie with Ohio for first place in the MAC East.

Buffalo vs Central Michigan Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Buffalo +1.5 (-115) -105 Over 54.5 (-110)
Central Michigan -1.5 (-105) -115 Under 54.5 (-110)

Odds as of November 8th at BetMGM Sportsbook.

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Buffalo in Bounce-Back Spot

Central Michigan is a 1.5-point favorite as can be seen in the college football odds. Buffalo’s MAC championship odds are +1200.

Buffalo (5-4/4-1 MAC/3-3 road) had its five-game winning streak broken last week at Ohio, losing 45-24. The Bulls were hurt by three turnovers, including two fumbles.

Cole Snyder completed 25 of 49 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. However, top running backs Mike Washington and Ron Cook Jr. were held to a combined 23 yards on nine carries.

Snyder has thrown for 2,145 yards and 14 touchdowns this season. Washington has 506 yards rushing and Cook is right behind with 500.

Central Michigan (3-6/2-3 MAC/1-3 home) has won two of its last three games, including beating Northern Illinois 35-22 on the road last week.

The Chippewas went with two quarterbacks in that game. Daniel Richardson had 150 yards and two touchdowns on 13-of-22 passing while being intercepted once. Jase Bauer ran for 109 yards and two scores in 14 attempts.

For the season, Richardson has 1,893 yards and 15 touchdowns through the air.

The teams last played in 2019 with Buffalo winning 43-20 at home.

Buffalo ran into a speedbump last week in Athens. Looks for the Bulls to bounce back against a Central Michigan team trying to figure out its quarterback situation.

Pick: Buffalo ML (-105)

Kent State vs Bowling Green Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Kent State -2.5 (-115) -140 Over 55.5 (-110)
Bowling Green +2.5 (-105) +118 Under 55.5

Odds as of November 8th at Caesars Sportsbook.

Kent State vs Bowling Green Pick

Kent State is a 2.5-point favorite, and its MAC championship odds are +625.

Kent State (3-6/2-3 MAC/0-5 road) lost for the fourth time in its last five games last week, 27-20 to Ball State at home.

Marquez Cooper shined in defeat with 168 yards rushing and a touchdown on 32 carries. He is second in the MAC with 1,013 yards while carrying 216 times and scoring nine times.

Collin Schlee was 25-of-41 passing for 183 yards and a touchdown, raising his season totals to 1,732 yards and nine scores. Ja’Shaun Poole caught 13 balls for 87 yards.

The Golden Flashes are 124th among the 131 FBS in total defense, allowing 452.9 yards a game.

Bowling Green (5-4/4-1 MAC/3-2 home) beat Western Michigan 13-9 last week to run its winning streak to three games.

Ta’Ron Keith set up the Falcons’ lone touchdown with an 83-yard kickoff return. Matt McDonald connected on 23-of-31 passing attempts for 161 yards.

McDonald has 1,781 yards this season with 16 touchdowns and just three interceptions in 270 attempts.

Bowling Green is giving up 31.8 points a game, ranking 117th in the nation.

Kent State has won the last four games in the series, including 27-20 last season at home as Cooper rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns. McDonald threw for 263 yards with one TD and one pick.

Look for Bowling Green to break that losing streak in this game with McDonald making the difference.

Pick: Bowling Green ML (+118)

Northern Illinois vs Western Michigan Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Northern Illinois +1 (-110) -110 Over 50 (-110)
Western Michigan -1 (-110) -110 Under 50 (-110)

Odds as of November 8th at Caesars Sportsbook.

Huskies Primed to Exact Revenge

Western Michigan is a one-point favorite. The Broncos are listed at +1400 in the MAC championship odds.

Northern Illinois (2-7/1-4 MAC/1-4 road) will try to snap a two-game losing streak after falling to Central Michigan last week.

True freshman Nevan Cremascoli became the Huskies’ fourth different starting quarterback this season.  He completed just 13 of 33 passes for 158 yards but had two touchdowns and one interception.

Harrison Waylee rushed for 136 yards on 20 carries, raising his season yardage total to 863.

Northern Illinois is 120th in the FBS in scoring defense at 33.2 points a game.

The loss by Western Michigan (3-6/2-3 MAC/1-3 home) to Bowling Green was the Broncos’ third in the last four games.

Quarterback Jack Salopek (knee) missed the game and is questionable for this week. True freshman Tyson Bourguet started in his place and threw for 191 yards on 16-of-27 with one touchdown and one interception.

Corey Crooms had eight receptions for 151 yards and Western Michigan’s lone touchdown. For the season, he has 43 catches for 620 yards and five scores.

Western Michigan has the fifth-worse offense in the nation with an average of 306.9 yards a game.

Western Michigan beat Northern Illinois 42-21 last season on the road. Northern Illinois, despite its poor record, figures to turn the tables this time.

Pick: Northern Illinois +1 (-110)

 

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