MACtion Picks: Take Directional Michigan Schools On Wednesday Night

The directional Michigan schools on Wednesday's MAC slate have the most to play for.

Western Michigan and Central Michigan need wins to keep their small MAC West title hopes alive, and in Central's case, it needs a victory to stay alive for bowl eligibility.

Home teams could have the edge across all three matchups on Wednesday night since Bowling Green enters with a defensive edge over Kent State.

Wednesday MACtion Plays

Northern Illinois at Western Michigan (-110) (7 p.m. ET, ESPNU)

Western Michigan has more on the line than Northern Illinois.

The Broncos need a home win to keep their bleak hopes to win the MAC West alive. A Northern Illinois win would give Toledo the division title with two weeks to go.

Northern Illinois has dealt with quarterback issues most of the season and there is no indication as to whether Rocky Lombardi or one of the reserves will start.

Even if NIU is at full strength on offense, I don't think the Huskies defense will be strong enough to beat the Broncos.

Western Michigan gives up 6.5 fewer points and allows 30 fewer yards per game than its Wednesday opponent.

I think WMU will be motivated enough to get the job done at home and keep the MAC West title hopes alive at least for one more week.

Buffalo at Central Michigan (-135) (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

Central Michigan has the worse record compared to Buffalo, but it has been a machine in the midweek MACtion games.

The Chippewas are 6-1 in midweek games over the last three years and they need a home win on Wednesday to remain in the hunt for bowl eligibility.

CMU's biggest strength is its ground game. Buffalo's defense gives up 170.6 rushing yards per game and it allows 400.6 total yards per game.

Since the spread is so small, I'm willing to pay the extra 20 cents for the Chips to win just in case Buffalo keeps the game within a field goal.

Kent State at Bowling Green (+110) (7 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network)

Kent State's defense is reeling at the moment.

The Golden Flashes gave up at least 27 points to their last four opponents. Toledo posted 52 on them, Miami (Ohio) and Ball State each had 27 points in their wins over Kent State.

Bowling Green held its last three foes under 20 points and its only bad performance in the last month came against Buffalo.

Bowling Green could use a win on Wednesday to confirm its bowl eligibility in its final home game instead of risking it on the road against Toledo and Ohio.

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