MAC Football Odds: Betting Preview, Wednesday lines, predictions
As the college football season enters Week 10, the MAC rejoins the fray, and a full Wednesday night of MACtion is a great way to start the football week, with MAC football odds now up and live on BetRivers.com.
Longtime sports broadcaster and gambling expert Michael Jenkins is here to provide a look at the MAC football odds and break down some of the Wednesday night matchups he likes.
If there’s one phrase I’m tired of hearing of in 2020, it’s “the new normal.” I know, I know, it’s simple reality, and we all have to deal with it in our own ways. Fortunately, there are still a few things in this crazy year that still bring us that warm and fuzzy feeling like everything is going to be alright. That’s right, baby.
I’m talking MACtion!
The entire freakin’ conference takes the field in a full slate of games on Wednesday night, so let’s take a look at some of the favorites that might be worth some of your futures money on BetRivers.com.
MAC Football Odds: Futures
Buffalo (+250), Ohio (+350), Toledo (+600), Western Michigan (+600), Miami OH (+600), Central Michigan (+900), Ball State (+900), Kent State (+1000), Northern Illinois (+1400), Eastern Michigan (+5000), Bowling Green (+10000), Akron (+10000)
Buffalo is +250 to win the conference after winning six of their final seven games, including a 31-9 victory against Charlotte in the Bahamas Bowl, the first bowl win in school history. The Bulls will once again rely on running back Jaret Patterson, who rushed for almost 1800 yards last season and who is a legitimate NFL talent.
Bettors should also take a hard look at Ohio, which hasn’t had a losing season since a 4-8 effort back in 2008. The Bobcats need to find a quarterback to replace three-year starter Nathan Rourke, and that job will fall to either Rourke’s younger brother Kurtis, a redshirt freshman, or UNLV graduate transfer Armani Rogers.
Three teams can be had to win the MAC at +600—defending champion Miami (OH), Toledo, and Western Michigan. In other words, this should be a wide-open conference race, so let’s jump ahead to some of the better matchups on Wednesday night. And remember, every game is critical with the abbreviated six-game schedule.
MAC Football Odds: Wednesday Schedule
6:00 p.m. ET: Eastern Michigan (+140 ML) at Kent State (-175 ML). KSU -4. O/U 66.5
6:00 p.m. ET: Western Michigan (-1430 ML) at Akron (+750). WMU -19.5. O/U 54.5
7:00 p.m. ET: Buffalo (-670 ML) at Northern Illinois (+440 ML). UB -13.5. O/U 52.5
7:00 p.m. ET: Ohio (-136 ML) at Central Michigan (+112 ML). Ohio -2.5. O/U 55.5
7:00 p.m. ET: Ball State (-105 ML) at Miami-OH (-115 ML). Miami -1. O/U 55.5
8:00 p.m. ET: Bowling Green (+1050 ML) at Toledo (-2500 ML). UT -24. O/U 62.5
Buffalo (0-0) at Northern Illinois (0-0). 7:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Buffalo -625, Northern Illinois +410
Spread: Buffalo -13
Over/Under: 51.5 points
The Huskies were picked to finish last in the conference this season, and bettors are acting like it. Money on the Buffalo has moved this line 3.5 points to Huskies +13. Northern Illinois is an inexperienced bunch with 62 underclassmen on the roster, and the Huskies are 3-8 in their last 11 as a home underdog. Look for the Bulls to do what they do best—pound the football.
Ohio (0-0) at Central Michigan (0-0). 7:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Ohio -143, Central Michigan +118
Spread: Ohio -3
Over/Under: 58 points
We’ve already talked about the Ohio quarterback situation, but the Bobcats must improve a defense that allowed an average of 27 points per game last season. Central Michigan will go with freshman Daniel Richardson at quarterback, and he’ll pair with a Chippewas defense that allowed only 3.4 yards per carry last season. CMU is 4-0 against the number in its last four games against the Bobcats.
Ball State (0-0) at Miami (OH). 7:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Ball State +108, Miami (OH) -134
Spread: Miami (OH) -2.0
Over/Under: 55.5 points
The Cardinals return the top offense in the MAC, and they’re hoping for a little less heartbreak in 2020 after losing three conference games last season by a total of four points or less. Ball State is a sneaky dark horse to win the conference, and their futures price currently sits at +900 at BetRivers.com. The RedHawks are coming off a seven-win season and a MAC championship in 2019. They return 17 seniors and are 8-2 ATS in their last ten home games.