Friday’s Den: MAC football knowledge

Akron
— 8 starters back on offense, 8 on defense
— 96 starts back on offensive line; junior QB has 3 starts
— Last four years, they’re 7-35 SU
— Since 2019, they’re 5-21 ATS as an underdog.
— Last 10 years, they’re 3-9-1 ATS as a road favorite.
— 1-2 in bowls; lost last bowl 50-3, in 2017

Ball State
— 6 starters back on offense, 5 on defense
— 57 starts back on offensive line; junior QB has no starts, has thrown 34 passes
— Under coach Neu, Cardinals are 10-21 ATS at home.
— Since 2014, they’re 8-18 ATS as a home favorite.
— Last three years, they’re 18-15 SU, with +23 turnover ratio.
— 1-4 SU/ATS last five bowls, giving up 34 ppg.

Bowling Green
— 9 starters back on offense, 9 on defense
— 79 starts back on offensive line; senior QB has 17 starts
— have had six straight losing seasons (16-49 SU)
— since 2014, they’re 6-11 ATS as home favorites.
— since 2017, they’re 6-13 ATS as home underdogs.
— since 2016, they’re 17-28 ATS coming off a loss.
— lost four of last five bowls; their last bowl was in 2015. 

Buffalo
— 3 starters back on offense, 6 on defense
— 51 starts back on offensive line; soph QB had 6 starts at Rutgers
— 1-6-1 ATS in MAC LY (22-8-1 from 2017-20)
— Last three years, Buffalo is 0-5 ATS as a road underdog.
— favorites covered four of their last five bowls
— won last two bowls, 31-9/17-10

Central Michigan
— 7 starters back on offense, 4 on defense
— 69 starts back on offensive line; soph QB has 13 starts
— 20-13 SU last three years, after going 1-11 in ’18.
— McElwain is 35-19 ATS as a favorite
— Under McElwain, Chippewas are 10-3 ATS as an underdog.
— 1-4 SU/ATS in last five bowls (underdog in all five)

Eastern Michigan
— 8 starters back on offense, 6 on defense
— 123 starts back on offensive line.
— senior QB has 6 starts; one at Missouri, 5 at Troy
— last 10 years, EMU is 7-14 ATS as a home favorite.
— since 2016, they’re 20-5 ATS as a road underdog.
— lost last 4 bowls (3 of 4 by four or less points)
— EMU’s last bowl win: 1987.

Kent State
— 4 starters back on offense, 6 on defense
— 24 starts back on offensive line.
— junior QB has no starts; he threw 24 passes LY
— Last three years, they’re 17-14 SU; were 16-55 from ’13-‘18
— since 2012, they’re 9-2 ATS as a road favorite.
— last two years, they’re 0-6 ATS as a road underdog.
— lost three of last four bowls SU
— last two bowls: won 51-41, lost 52-38

Miami OH
— 9 starters back on offense, 5 on defense
— 72 starts back on offensive line; junior QB 25 starts
— under coach Martin, they’re 8-4-1 ATS as a home dog.
— Last five years, they’re 4-14 ATS in non-conference games
— once 2014, they’re 29-12-1 ATS coming off a loss
— split last four bowls SU, but covered all four ATS

Northern Illinois
— 9 starters back on offense, 9 on defense
— 90 starts back on offensive line
— senior QB has 22 starts, 13 of them at Michigan State
— 2-5 ATS last seven games as a home underdog.
— 9-4 ATS last 13 games as a road underdog.
— 10-6 ATS last 16 games coming off a loss.
— Lost last five bowls (1-4 ATS) giving up 45.4 ppg. 

Ohio U
— 5 starters back on offense, 9 on defense
— have 69 starts back on offensive line; soph QB has 11 starts.
— last three years, they’re 1-7 ATS as a home favorite.
— Since 2015, they’re 12-5 ATS as a road underdog.
— 5-10 ATS last 15 games coming off a loss.
— won last three bowls, by combined score of 98-27
— favorites covered their last four bowls.

Toledo
— 7 starters back on offense, 8 on defense
— 79 starts back on offensive line; soph QB has 7 starts
— 12-6 ATS last 18 games as a road favorite.
— last three years, they’re 4-9 ATS as a home favorite.
— 4-9 ATS last 13 games as a road underdog.
— lost last four bowls SU (were favored in last three)
— gave up 32.8 ppg in those four bowl games.

Western Michigan
— 4 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 75 starts back on offensive line; new QB this year
— one of their QB’s was a walk-on at Alabama LY
— since 2017, they’re 4-9 ATS as an underdog.
— since 2017, they’re 4-8-2 ATS as a road favorite
— since 2018, they’re 8-16-1 ATS coming off a win
— 1-3 SU last four bowls (3-2 ATS last five)

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