WEEK 12: Chippewas, Eagles, Broncos all on the road for mid-week MACtion

Care for some more #MACtion? Well we got you covered. All three schools — Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan — are on the road for games that are difficult in their own way.


RECAP: Central Michigan (6-4, 4-2 MAC) picked up a third straight victory last week with a 42-30 win at home over in-state rival Eastern Michigan. The Chippewas have averaged over 44 points for game over their winning streak. They've found a nice balance on offense and have taken care of the football.

UP NEXT: Central has a very high chance (on paper) of upping their win streak to four games on Tuesday when they travel to Kent State (2-8). The Golden Flashes have lost three straight games and have allowed 40+ points in each of those affairs.

PLAYER TO WATCH: CMU quarterback Shane Morris has not thrown a pick over the team's three-game win streak. The grad transfer and former Michigan signal-caller had thrown multiple interceptions in four of the team's previous five games prior to the winning streak.

KICKOFF: Tuesday, November 14 | 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU


RECAP: Eastern Michigan (3-7, 1-5 MAC) gives up a season-high 42 points to the Chips and yet, still had plenty of chances to eke out a win on the road in Mount Pleasant. Quarterback Brogan Roback was picked off five times against CMU, three of which led to a Central touchdown, including a pick-six at the end of the game.

UP NEXT: Eastern now has to regroup for another challenging road game against Miami (4-6, 3-3) in conference play. The Redhawks are a puzzling team to figure out. They have wins in conference over teams on their level in CMU, Buffalo and Akron, but have suffered losses at the hands of Bowling Green and aforementioned Kent State, both of whom are 2-8 this season.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Sophomore defensive lineman Maxx Crosby was named the MAC West Division defensive player of the week from last week's slate of games. Crosby tallied four tackles in the game against Central Michigan but three were for a loss of yardage and of the sack variety. His eight sacks on the season paces the Eagles and his 11.5 TFL are second on the team.

KICKOFF: Wednesday, November 15 | 7 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network


RECAP: Western Michigan (6-4, 4-2 MAC) responded from a gut-wrenching loss at home to Central Michigan the week prior with a rather comfortable win at home against Kent State. The Broncos ran the ball effectively, as is the case most games, but the defense rebounded by holding the Golden Flashes to under 300 total yards of offense, after allowing north of 400 yards in each of the previous two games.

The win also made the Broncos bowl-eligible for a program-best fourth consecutive season.

UP NEXT: WMU now poses a difficult threat on Wednesday when they travel to take on Northern Illinois (7-3). The Huskies are coming off a blowout win over Ball State where they hung 63 on the Cardinals. Western will look to make it two straight wins over NIU in the all-time series after the Huskies collected seven straight Ws against the Broncos.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Senior running back Jarvion Franklin was named the MAC West offensive player of the week after a 191-yard showing against KSU. Franklin has averaged nearly nine yards per carry in each of his last two games. The school's all-time leading rusher and accumulator of yards from scrimmage is just 300 yards shy of reaching 5,000 for his career.

KICKOFF: Wednesday, November 15 | 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2