October 5, 2015

Mr. MAC - My Football Picks Results Week 5 explained!

Mr. MAC Results - My Football Picks Week 5 
My Week 5 Record - 5 Wins 0 Losses (Perfect)
My YTD Record - 14 Wins 6 Losses (0.700)

FRIDAY October 2
Mr. MAC Pick - Delaware Valley 28 Vs FDU-Florham 14
I really wanted to pick FDU since they are two of my 6 losses picks. They are playing much better than expected. But I just cannot see them beating Delaware Valley this week. Delaware Valley is still in the chase for MAC Championship. Now if DelVal starts looking ahead to next weeks game against undefeated Stevenson, FDU just might complete the big upset. Game to DelVal.
Actual Score - Delaware Valley 40 - FDU-Florham 7 
The Aggies have one of the best rushing attacks in the MAC with a total 535 yards against FDU-Florham. This was just 16 yards short of their school record set in 2012 against Misericordia. I felt that DelVal would put it all together this week against the Devils. I also felt that this game would set the tone for the key Homecoming and Family Weekend matchup against Stevenson next week in Doylestown.

SATURDAY October 3
Mr. MAC Pick - King's 13 Vs Stevenson 31
Stevenson is 4-0 and at home this weekend. They will continue their winning streak which will set up a DelVal vs Stevenson classic game next week in Doylestown, PA. However, that being said, King's is capable of an upset since Stevenson could be looking down the road to Aggie country. I don't believe that will happen this weekend. Game to Stevenson
Actual Score Stevenson 13 - King's 7
King's is arguably the best 1-4 team in the MAC. Their problem is that they seem to be unable to close a football game. They have been very competitive with every team, but come later in the game, they cannot close. Stevenson won this game, but their powerful attack was slowed down by the Monarchs top tier defense. I believe that Stevenson was looking ahead to their important DelVal game next week and forgot they had a very good King's team right at their feet.

Mr. MAC Pick - Widener 38 Vs Wilkes 17
Most people know that Widener should win this game. I don't think Widener has played up to their potential yet. This game will be different I feel. Wilkes is struggling since their early upset of DelVal. In the end, Widener remains in the hunt for their second MAC Championship. Give Widener another one!
Actual Score - Widener 27 - Wilkes 7
What can you say about the Widener machine. The only thing that comes to mind for me is "Why do I feel Widener is underperforming this year?" All of their wins are much closer than I would have expected. Now, Wilkes has been struggling after their upset of DelVal earlier in the season. They did not put much together in this one. They are better than this game reveals.

Mr. MAC Pick - Albright 31 Vs Misericordia 7
Just coming off a big win against Lycoming College, the Albright Lions will go 4-0 with little trouble with Misericordia. The Cougars still have a ways to go in their recruiting program to snatch the type of players who will make them competitive. It is a competitive world out there for the top players. Albright seems to be winning some of those players right now. The Lions continue to roar!
Actual Score Albright 41 - Misericordia 13
Albright is a team on "MAC Championship Watch" as we enter the second half of the season (WOW Already!). They are playing very well. The 25th ranked Lions seem to have it all. A quality defense lead this week by Sr LB Steve Barroso who intercepted two passes, one for a touchdown. Fr QB Mike Knight is a pleasant surprise for Albright, giving them a very stable passing attack. And their rushing game lead by Jr RB Brian Wickkiser and So RB Chris Dawson gives them a balanced offensive attack. Then, special team star, Daniel Sobolewski who converted a pair of field goals to pace the Albright offense. Look out MAC Teams, Albright is for real!

Mr. MAC Pick - Lycoming 14 Vs Lebanon Valley 28
The Dutchman will break out of the 1-3 bracket against a program that is struggling right now. Lycoming has proven that it cannot play a full 60 minutes. Their defense is not what Warrior fans remember. Lebanon Valley has played well in recent games, but mistakes have cost them close games. The Dutchman slide to another win!
Actual Score - Lebanon Valley 41 - Lycoming 38 (OT)
And slide to another win they did! Lately, the Dutchman Vs Warriors is becoming a classic rivalry game and the 2015 edition did not disappoint. Looking at the statistics reveals either a Lycoming weakness or a LVC strength. LVC allowed on 1-13 third and fourth down conversions. Talk about drive stoppers. That is an insane statistic. You wonder how Lycoming even stayed in this game. My prediction was right on. Both teams defenses are down this year. Both teams have good running attacks. And both teams are struggling at QB, oh but the Dutchman's converted wide receiver to QB Tim Pirrone had a career day against the Warriors. And the biggest prediction of this game was in OT. QB Pirrone "sliding through that one yard" to win.

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