Thursday, September 21, 2017

Mr. MAC Predicts Game Winners for Week Four

Mr. MAC had a good week in Week Three Predictions
After a somewhat easy start, Mr. MAC makes his predictions for Week Four. This week will be more of a challenge. There are some great games in Week Four that will help sort out the stronger teams in the Conference. So here are my picks for Week Four:

Widener (2-1) at Albright (3-0)
This will be a very good game, and an even matchup. Although Widener did not play their best game against Misericordia, I believe that they have the tools to defeat a good Albright team. This game could revolve around defensive play. Widener has fast defensive backs. Can they contain a good passing attack team like Albright? Albright is at home and should be some advantages for them. I am on the fence with this game, because Albright's quarterback Alec Vignola was on fire against Misericordia two weeks ago. He completed 20 of 21 passes, a new record for the Lions quarterbacks over the years. However he struggled in he first half against a much better defensive team in Lycoming College. But I think he has enough in the tank to come back from that game. I have to go with the home team Saturday.
Mr. MAC SAYS: Albright 31-24 over Widener.

Lycoming (0-3) at King's (2-1)
The last time Lycoming defeated Kings was in 2014. It was the Monarchs Family Weekend. The Warriors spoiled that weekend with a 28-13 victory. Lycoming was ranked 23rd in the nation at the time and had one of their best quarterbacks, Tyler Jenny from Glasgow, PA at the helm. Well it is another big weekend at King's, their Homecoming game. The electricity will be fully charged for both teams as Lyco will try to spoil the Alum's fun day. But King's senior quarterback, Zach Whitehead is very allusive, can run like a fullback, can pass with accuracy and has a cool head under pressure. I give the Warrior defensive the advantage in this one. Defense wins over offensive as they say, but I don't see Lycoming's offense overcoming King's overall talent of offense, defense and special teams.
Mr. MAC SAYS: King's 28-17 over Lycoming.

Wilkes (0-3 ) at Misericordia (0-3)
The battle of the "beatens," this game will be very competitive. I know the kids of both teams have worked hard all summer and preseason only to not experience the joy of a win in three outings. Well, Saturday, all that will change for one team. It should be an awesome atmosphere since these teams live so close together. Another cross town rivalry? Wilkes right now is struggling on both sides of the ball. On offense, they are averaging 11points per game which includes a shutout by Lebanon Valley. And on defense, the Colonels are giving up 43 points per game. Something has to change for Wilkes to be in this one. This may be the game. The Cougars of Misericordia is an improving team. They average 23 points per game even after playing an always tough Widener team. And defensively they were very competitive with Widener as the Cougars defense has improved. I am going with the statistical trend on this one.
Mr. MAC SAYS: Misericordia 27 - Wilkes 17.

FDU-Florham (1-2) at Lebanon Valley (1-2)
After shutting out Wilkes and coming off a hard fought loss to King's last Saturday, it is hard to go against the Dutchman in this game. Lebanon Valley is much improved since the opening game of the season. Senior QB Tyler Sterner from Hanover, PA was very impressive in the King's game this past weekend. He is similar to King's QB Zach Whitehead. He can scramble, pretty accurate passer and smart. FDU-Florham, after a win over the College of New Jersey (I don't know the strength of their team), butted heads with two of the top teams in the MAC, namely Widener and Stevenson. So don't let that 1-2 record fool you. They have a hard front loaded schedule. FDU-Florham's passing attack is tops in the MAC. The Devils are averaging 318.7 yards through the air per game. This game will be close but Lebanon Valley is who I am going with in another high scoring game.
Mr. MAC SAYS: Lebanon Vally 35 - FDU-Florham 28.

Stevenson (2-1) at DelVal (3-0) - "Game of the Week" & "Hall of Fame Game"
A classic matchup early in the season is what we like. Two of the four undefeated MAC teams collide in Week Four and the picture of the Conference Champions at season end will be much clearer. Delaware Valley defeated top ranked Wesley College in the opener 24-19 and have played well since the opener. They shutdown Lycoming's offense allowing only three first downs and 82 yards in game two. Last week, they scored 34 points for second week in a row. The offense averages 31 points per game and the defense gives up under two touchdowns per game. Stevenson on the other hand traveling to Doylestown as the defending MAC Champions. They will have a chip on their shoulder as the Aggies are the favorites in this game according to the Annual MAC Coaches poll. They picked DelVal to win it all this year. Stevenson's loss to Frostburg State might have been an anomaly, a fluke in nature as they say. They rolled over a good King's team and scored a half a hundred against FDU-Florham. The Mustang defense has tightened up allowing only 10 points on average in the last two contests. But it should be another nail-bitter for each team at Doylestown. Should I flip a coin for this prediction?
Mr. MAC SAYS: Delaware Vally 28 - Stevenson 27

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