Miami (Ohio) at Buffalo Leads MACtion Tuesday Two-Pack

Matthew Jordan

Sunday, October 28, 2018 11:15 PM UTC

Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 11:15 PM UTC

How can you tell we are deep into the college football season? We have Tuesday MACtion this week! The marquee of the two is easily Miami (Ohio) at Buffalo.

Miami of Ohio (3-5 SU, 5-3 ATS) at Buffalo (7-1 SU, 6-2 ATS)Tuesday, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2)Free NCAAF Pick: Bulls ATSBest Line Offered Both: BetOnline

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We have a doubleheader of Mid-American Conference action Tuesday, with Kent State and Bowling Green just an appetizer to the main event: Miami of Ohio at Buffalo. Both kick off at 8 p.m. ET with KSU-BGSU on ESPNU and Miami-Buffalo on ESPN2.

Should Buffalo win this game, it’s clearly in the driver’s seat to win the MAC East Division. Miami of Ohio and Ohio U. are both a game back. Obviously, a Bulls win over the RedHawks makes it a two-game lead because of the tiebreaker, and Buffalo goes to Ohio U. on Nov. 14. The Bobcats have the misfortune of still also having to play MAC West contender Western Michigan and Miami of Ohio, both on the road.

Long story short, Buffalo – 7-1 for the first time since 1959 -- probably wins the MAC East on Tuesday with a victory for all intents and purposes. The school has played in the MAC title game just once, in 2008. The Bulls aren’t one-dimensional, averaging 235.0 yards passing and 176.3 on the ground. On the flip side, Buffalo leads the MAC in scoring and total defense.

Somewhat funny that Miami of Ohio could be tied for first after Tuesday despite a 4-5 overall record (which it would have with the upset). The RedHawks come off a wild 31-30 double-OT loss at Army on Oct. 20. They forced OT despite trailing by 14 with just under five minutes to go in regulation. Quarterback Gus Ragland threw for 329 yards and four scores. The senior is 12-3 in his career as a starter vs. teams from the MAC. In those 15 games, Ragland has completed 248-of-389 passes (63.8%) for 3,225 yards, 33 touchdowns and five interceptions.

The RedHawks are 13-6 all-time vs. the Bulls and have won the past two. It was 24-14 last year in Oxford. Ragland hadn’t taken over as Miami’s QB yet. Buffalo was held to 271 yards and turned it over twice.

The favorite has covered eight of the past 10 in the series, and we think that trend continues.

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Kent State (1-7 SU, 5-3 ATS) at Bowling Green (1-7 SU, 3-5 ATS)Free NCAAF Pick: Falcons ATS

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Yeah, not much to see here with both tied for last in the MAC East at 0-4. Back in mid-October, Bowling Green fired coach Mike Jinks after two-plus seasons and a 7-24 record. Defensive coordinator Carl Pelini, a former head coach at Florida Atlantic, took over on an interim role. Pelini’s debut was rather ugly, a 49-14 loss at Ohio on Oct. 20. The Bobcats had 597 yards of offense, including 392 rushing. Bowling Green ranks 129th nationally in allowing 47.8 ppg.

Kent State isn’t much better on defense, allowing 35.0 ppg and it scores just 23.3. Its lone win was over FCS school Howard. The Golden Flashes at least were competitive for once last time out, falling 24-23 in OT at home vs. Akron on Oct. 20. The Zips’ defense stopped a 2-point conversion to keep the Wagon Wheel trophy. Devout SEC fans might know of KSU quarterback Woody Barrett as he started his career at Auburn but never saw the field before transferring to a community college.

Bowling Green has won five straight in this series, all by double digits. It was 44-16 last year. The Falcons forced four turnovers. BGSU has covered four of the past five in the series.

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