The MAC championship could very well be decided by the kicking game. And N. Illinois kicker Mathew Sims is going to have to overcome some pretty shaky memories from the last big game he had when the Huskies played Toledo and he missed 3. He made the winning kick last year in the MAC championship game, but between the ears of a kicker that may just proved to intensify the pressure and amplify the ghosts of his shaky 2013 campaign. For the year, about 65%.
On the other side of the ball, the Falcons have a sophomore in Tyler Tate with a big leg kicking at 82% on the year and making one last week in the frigid Buffalo air from 40 yards. From what I can tell, he'll be good from 50 in a dome. Taking the points tonight with a lean toward the under and won't be surprised if the kicking game plays a big role in the outcome. GL