Thursday, October 5, 2017

Mr. MAC's Predictions for Week Six with the Battle of the Unbeatens going to OT

Mr.MAC is still at a 80% success rate looking for the perfect Week
This weekend is what is exciting for football fans. Good teams battling to become MAC Champions. We have that in Week Six as undefeated Delaware Valley faces undefeated Albright in Reading, PA.  Other games this weekend feature FDU-Florham at Lycoming, Widener at Wilkes, and King's at Misericordia. Stevenson and Lebanon Valley are resting up with a bye week. So with just four contests playing, here goes my predictions for Week Six.

King's at Misericordia
This will be a great game played in Dallas, PA. It will have the electricity of a cross town rivalry game with icing on the cake in the flavor of a "Homecoming" for Misericordia. The Cougars are coming off a big loss at Stevenson. The players egos must have been flattened because their team showed signs of vast improvement this year. And I know that the coaching staff feels the same way, which I quickly realized after a phone interview. Building a start-up team is not for he weak at heart.

King's football on the other hand is having a .500 type of year and has been in most of their games. Four of their games were decided by an average of just over three points. They won two of those games and lost the other two. This game Saturday will be close and I sense it will be another nail bitter. So who will win? Will Misericordia get back to winning ways or will King's make a move for the victory? Mr. MAC SAYS it is King's 41 - Misericordia 35.

FDU-Florham at Lycoming
In another homecoming game, the Devils travel to David Person Field in Williamsport, PA to play the energized Lycoming College Warriors. That new energy is clearly charged by the maturing Sr. QB Chase Williams. Williams has put up some impressive passing number recently, shown leadership and that trend will probably continue. Compare that with the FDU-Florham Devils season to date, who's offense has averaged just 10 points per game and the defense has given up 42 points per game. That is a toxic combination. Can FDU take some medicine this week in practice and turn the tide or is it a tsunami coming at them in the name of the Warriors? We think they could turn that tide. But will they? Mr. MAC SAYS not this week. It is Lycoming 48 - Misericordia 14.

Widener at Wilkes
Widener travels to the Colonels in Edwardsville, PA in a battle that looks uneven on paper. But Widener head coach Mike Kelly reminded us in an exclusive interview on a pretty big secret. He believes that "People circle their calendar when they play Wider and we are preparing for a "Dog Fight!" He continued, "I give all the respect in the world to Wilkes and what they are going to bring to the table Saturday afternoon." Mike calls this game a "Trap Game" in that if you don't pay attention, the trap springs and you are caught in a big loss. Wilkes has been struggling with offensive production all year and that is hard to deal with. You will hear coaches many times state that if you don't have a quarterback with experience and leadership qualities, you will struggle for a while. Well insert Wilkes as their season starting sophomore quarterback Jose Tabora (Tabora is a native of Richland, N.J. and St. Augustine Prep High School) played one game and is out with an injury. So the Colonels are starting over again with Fr. QB Wade Rippeon at the helm (Rippeon is a native of Damascus, Md. and Damascus High School). I don't believe that the offense has matured enough for this game but expect vast improvements in the Wilkes offense. So, Mr. MAC SAYS Widener 34 - Wilkes 14.

Featured "Game of the Week"
DelVal Vs Albright
The Aggies verses the Lions is our featured "Game of the Week" and the battle of the unbeaten. This game is also the Lions Homecoming game so there should be a big crowd in Red and White land. Albright would have to be called the underdog in this one because DelVal is ranked 10th (D3Football Poll) or 7th (AFCA Poll) in the nation. But don't tell Albright. You get the feeling they are just numbers throw around for discussion. The Reading men will be ready for this battle hoping to repeat last year's upset victory over the Aggies. In case you didn't remember that game, the Aggies game write-up highlighting the big play at the end was as follows:

     Quarterback Alec Vignola connected with wide receiver Malik Jackson for a 14-yard touchdown pass with just 6.3 seconds remaining as defending Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) champion Albright College came from behind on the road to down 13th-ranked Delaware Valley University, 20-17.

Rumor has it that Delaware Valley still remembers that play and is using it for motivation in this years contest. Well, we are not sure how these type motivational tricks work. It will be who wants it the most out there on the field Saturday. That will be the determining factor in the final score. But it does look like DelVal might put it all together this year and finally win the MAC Championship again.

Oh yes, we just remembered that Albright still has QB Alec Vignola and WR Malik Jackson on the team again. They know what it is like to keep on winning. We believe this dog fight is just too close to call. Since I can't call a tie, Mr. MAC SAYS believes it will be DelVal 31 - Albright 30 in OT.

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