It isn’t Michigan State against Michigan, but it’s an inter-state rivalry game nonetheless. The Central Michigan Chippewa’s and Eastern Michigan Eagles will duel it out in Ypsilanti in what is the most meaningful and competitive Central Michigan-Eastern Michigan game in around two decades. Both are going bowling, or at least if a bowl committee wants to invite either if they finish with 6 wins. That would be some kind of blow to the gut if Eastern Michigan gets no bowl invite, but last season they had to pull from 5 win teams to fill out the schedule so it’d be surprising. The way I see it, one is going to the Bahamas, and the other is going to be playing in the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit. No difference at all.
Central Michigan played in a wild one against Western Kentucky in the Bahamas Bowl a couple years ago. Remember that crazy lateral to end the game? YouTube it and prepare to watch one of the best hidden plays in college football. So, maybe Eastern Michigan deserves a trip to the Bahamas this time? I certainly think so, after becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 1995. Charlie Batch was the quarterback back then in those days, and is still one of the schools most storied alumni. Other than offensive lineman T.J. Lang, this factory hasn’t pumped out too much NFL talent. There is a problem with that statement. However, Eastern Michigan is close to making history playing in their first ever bowl game since the mid-90’s.
The Eagles have been a rather consistent team this season, despite only a 6-5 record. They’ve been in most of their games, and could actually have a better record if it weren’t for a few plays here and there. But that is football, and sports in general, a few plays here and there make the difference between championship and failures. But when you look at Central Michigan, they’ve been all over the place. The Chippewa’s have won close games, beaten Oklahoma State, and then gotten blown out as well.
Beating Oklahoma State shows that there is the potential to be a really good team there, despite the fact that the Cowboys went into that one underestimating their potential. After a few months of football, I don’t see Central Michigan underestimating the Eagles tonight. Get the pick below, as we wind the college football regular season down.
Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles NCAAF Betting Odds:
Central Michigan -1(-110)
vs. Eastern Michigan +1(-110)
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Central Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan Pick:
The records for Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan are identical, with both at 6-5, and a road record of 2-3 for Central Michigan and a home record of 2-3 for Eastern Michigan. In other words, a spread of what basically amounts to a pick is appropriate here. Eagles’ quarterback, Brogan Roback, has come into his own at Eastern Michigan. Following a 16 touchdown and 11 interception campaign in his first-year as the starter, Roback has worked hard to improve on those numbers. Roback is connecting on 57.8 percent of his passes, along with 14 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Eastern Michigan’s offense actually ranks in the top-half of the country, as they are 44th averaging 446 yards per game. They are also scoring a solid 30.8 points a game, which is 57th in the nation.
Eastern Michigan are almost averaging 300 yards through the air, with 291 yards per game. They are 22nd in the FBS in that regard. The Eagles cannot run the ball, but they are capable of passing it effectively. However, Central Michigan are allowing around just 200 yards per game passing, and they’ve gone against some potent passing units this season. With Oklahoma State, Toledo, and Western Michigan on their schedule they’ve competed against some good offenses. Eastern Michigan does not pose as much of a threat as those three units through the air.
Eastern Michigan have gotten taken, though, against the pass. Note that the Eagles are 114th in yards allowed per game against the pass. Central quarterback, Cooper Rush, has had a pretty adequate here, throwing for 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions with a 61.1% completion rate. I fail to see him having problems against this Eastern Michigan secondary who are severely lacking in talent. The Chippewa are 27th in passing yards per game. I think that Eastern Michigan are just happy to be bowl eligible, the party has already begun in Ypsilanti. However, for Central Michigan they won’t be too ecstatic about a six win regular season. I like them to edge out Eastern Michigan on Tuesday night. The woeful secondary of Eastern Michigan is going to be the difference in this one.