MAC Championship: #13 Western Michigan vs. Ohio

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MACtion will put its championship game on display: Friday night, Ford Field, ESPN2, 7 PM ET!!!

Western Michigan Overview

  • QB Zach Terrell (30 TDs-1INT) will look to carve up the Ohio secondary with WR Corey Davis (1,283 yds, 17 TDs)
  • 2 headed rushing attack: Jarvion Franklin (1,266 yds, 12 TDs) and Jamauri Bogan (787 yds, 8 TDs) add explosion to this dynamic offense
  • Leading tackler LB Robert Spillane (98) and sack leader DE Keion Adams (17 TFLs, 7.5 sacks) look to disrupt Ohio’s run-heavy offense
  • A win for WMU could mean a bowl bid for a New Year’s Six game if Navy loses the AAC championship or a loss to Army
  • Would be first conference championship since 1988

Ohio Overview

  • This is still the team that almost beat Tennessee 19-28
  • QB Quinton Maxwell commands the Ohio power spread offense
  • WR Sebastian Smith (820 yards, 4 TDs) is the big, reliable target; Papi White (avg 15 yds a catch, 4 TD) is also a threat to take it to the house with every touch
  • RB Dorian Brown (828 yds, 4 TDs) pounds out the yards in a dynamic run oriented offense
  • Defense has 41 sacks: 11 are because of DE Tarell Basham (14.5 TFLs)
  • Leading tacklers LB Blair Brown (12.5 tfls, 4.5 sacks) and LB Quentin Poling (12.5 TFLs, 4 sacks) are all over the field
  • Ohio can play spoiler and win their first conference championship since 1968

Prediction

  • Ohio has the advantage on defense, gonna need the offense to help them out
  • WMU just needs to keep doing what they’ve been doing all season
  • WMU 31 Ohio 27

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