Week 1 Pick ‘Em: Let the season finally begin

Welcome to the 2021 macfootballblog.com Pick ‘Em! This is a tradition that started under Brandon Fitzsimons from his debut days at Hustle Belt, moved over to the Free on Saturdays blog, and spent a year under my last blog before this one, MAC Prospectus.

The pick ’em has always looked *a little bit* different from year to year, and I’ve made some simpler alterations for this year. It’s straight-forward as you pick game winners (not gambling lines) with opportunities to gain (or lose!) points based on whether or not you were right (or wrong!). One wrinkle I’ve added to make things more fun is the Double Or Triple? section. You get to pick up double the points for being right about your game picks, or lose triple the points offered for being wrong. Your confidence matters here!

I’ll publish these every week (Mondays for now; weeknight MACtion will change that) with new picks to make and updates on how the pick ’em pool is doing.

I don’t think you need any more of an intro than this, do you? I’m sure you’ve got it from here. You’re a smart person.

Enjoy! And share with your friends to compete against them while you’re at it!

CLICK THIS LINK TO MAKE YOUR PICKS!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd6Mt5nmSrwL8P7MQm_9gXaebrckmwrjN_iOfq7XX4_uZtpWA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Note: The deadline to get your picks in is Thursday, 9/2 at 7 p.m., when the MAC teams kick off.

MY PICKS

WHO WILL WIN THE MAC EAST THIS YEAR? (15 pts.)

  • Miami

I know I’m on record for giving my MAC East my preseason pencil crown to Kent State. The one team I think I’m immediately wrong about when saying that is Miami, because there’s a ton of good talent still here from when it won the 2019 MAC title and was the only team to beat Ball State last year. I’m gonna pick Miami and hope for the 15 pts. come late November.

WHO WILL WIN THE MAC WEST THIS YEAR? (15 pts.)

  • Toledo

I can only go against my on-record predictions once on these questions, so I’m going to stick with Toledo. It’s hard to go against Ball State (the media favorite) or Western Michigan, but the Rockets are going to be very good this year.

PICK ALL OF THE MAC TEAMS THAT WILL WIN THEIR GAMES THIS WEEK. (10 pts. for right answers, -5 for wrong answers)

  • Ball State over Western Illinois
  • Buffalo over Wagner
  • EMU over St. Francis
  • Toledo vs. Norfolk

PICK ALL OF THE MAC TEAMS THAT WILL LOSE THEIR GAMES THIS WEEK. (10 pts. for right answers, -5 for wrong answers)

  • Auburn over Akron
  • Tennessee over BGSU
  • Missouri over CMU
  • #6 Texas A&M over Kent State
  • #8 Cincinnati over Miami
  • Georgia Tech over NIU
  • Syracuse over Ohio
  • Michigan over WMU

DOUBLE OR TRIPLE? (Up to 3)

Thought this would be a fun twist for this year’s pick ’em. If you’re really confident in some of your picks and want a chance to get double the points, why not gamble away triple free points just in case you’re dead wrong?

The three games I feel most confident in:

  • Auburn over Akron
  • Ball State over Western Illinois
  • Tennessee over BGSU

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