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

Central Michigan Chippewas quarterback Daniel Richardson prepares for finger snap

September 4, 2021; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Central Michigan Chippewas quarterback Daniel Richardson (10) prepares 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 tied with Ohio for top spot in MAC East
  • A preview of the match and odds for Wednesday Night MACtion can be found below with picks

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

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

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

The games are especially important for Buffalo and Bowling Green as they are tied at three with Ohio for first place in the MAC East.

Buffalo vs. Central Michigan Odds

Crew Spread Moneyline Total
Buffalo +1.5 (-115) -105 More than 54.5 (-110)
Central Michigan -1.5 (-105) -115 Less than 54.5 (-110)

Odds as of November 8 on BetMGM Sportsbook.

Buffalo in the bounce place

Michigan Center is a 1.5 point favorite, as seen in college football odds. Buffalo’s MAC championship odds are +1200.

Buffalo (5-4/4-1 MAC/3-3 road) saw its five-game winning streak shattered 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 23 combined yards on nine carries.

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

Central Michigan (3-6/2-3 MAC/1-3 at 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 this game. Daniel Richardson had 150 yards and two touchdowns on 13 of 22 passes while being intercepted once. Jase Bauer rushed for 109 yards and two scores on 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 encountered a speed bump last week in Athens. Looks for the Bulls to bounce back against a Central Michigan team trying to figure out their quarterback situation.

Pick: Buffalo ML (-105)

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Kent State vs. Bowling Green odds

Crew Spread Moneyline Total
Kent State -2.5 (-115) -140 More than 55.5 (-110)
Bowling green +2.5 (-105) +118 Less than 55.5

Odds as of Nov. 8 on 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 shone in the loss with 168 rushing yards 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 for 183 yards and a touchdown, bringing his season total to 1,732 yards and nine scores. Ja’Shaun Poole caught 13 balls for 87 yards.

Golden lightning bolts are 124e among 131 FBS in total defense, giving up 452.9 yards per game.

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

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

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

Bowling Green is giving up 31.8 points per game, ranking 117e in the nation.

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

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

Pick: Bowling Green ML (+118)

Northern Illinois vs. Western Michigan Odds

Crew Spread Moneyline Total
Northern Illinois +1 (-110) -110 Over 50 (-110)
West Michigan -1 (-110) -110 Under 50 (-110)

Odds as of Nov. 8 on Caesars Sportsbook.

Huskies ready for exact revenge

West Michigan is a one-point favorite. The Broncos are listed at +1400 in MAC Championship odds.

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

True rookie Nevan Cremascoli has become 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, bringing his season rushing total to 863.

Northern Illinois is 120e in the FBS by scoring defense at 33.2 points per game.

Western Michigan’s (3-6/2-3 MAC/1-3 home) loss 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 rookie Tyson Bourguet started in his place and threw for 191 yards on 16 of 27 with a touchdown and an interception.

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

Western Michigan has the fifth-worst offense in the nation averaging 306.9 yards per game.

Western Michigan beat Northern Illinois 42-21 last season on the road. Northern Illinois, despite its poor record, should turn things around this time.

Choose: Northern Illinois +1 (-110)

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