Eastern Michigan vs. Central Michigan prediction and game preview. Both teams go for their seventh victory when the Eagles take on the Chippewas.
Eastern Michigan vs. Central Michigan Game Preview
When: Tuesday, Nov. 22 – 7 p.m. ET
Where: Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti.
TV Broadcast: ESPN3
Becoming bowl-eligible for the first time since 1995 is an accomplishment in itself for Eastern Michigan and coach Chris Creighton. The Eagles haven’t won more than two games since 2011 and went 1-11 last year, proving the turnaround Creighton has guided with this being just his third season. However, EMU could use another victory to help its chances of getting a bowl bid with a seventh win after dropping three of its last four games.
Central also is 6-5 and 3-4 in MAC play, and it is coming off a 27-20 win over Ohio that prevented the Bobcats from clinching a trip to the conference title game. That victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Chippewas, who are trying to get to seven wins for the third straight season.
What To Know About Eastern Michigan
For all the celebration of getting to six victories, the Eagles should already have their seventh. They led Northern Illinois 21-0 at halftime last week, only to allow 24 unanswered points on their way to losing 31-24 in overtime. Ian Eriksen ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns, but Brogan Roback threw two interceptions in one of his worst performances of the season.
The defense didn’t exactly help, as it allowed at least 400 yards for the seventh straight game. The Eagles might not have as big of a problem this week against a Central Michigan team that didn’t hit 300 yards in either of its last two games.
What To Know About Central Michigan
Cooper Rush threw two touchdowns while completing 78.1 percent of his passes last week against Ohio, but the Chippewas finished with just 18 yards rushing on 31 attempts. It’s no secret that they rely heavily on Rush, although they could also use more efficiency when they decide to use the ground attack. Central is last in the conference with an average of 3.61 yards per carry.
Leading rusher Devon Spalding has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury, but he practiced some last week and could return for this matchup. That could help solve the Chippewas’ issues in the running game.
Offense: Even – Central is averaging 5.85 yards per play, while Eastern averages 5.81.
Defense: Central Michigan – The Chippewas have allowed fewer than 400 yards in four of their last six games.
Special Teams: Eastern Michigan – Central’s Brian Eavey has made only seven of his 15 field-goal attempts this season.
Coaching: Eastern Michigan – The nod goes to Creighton for turning around the EMU program.
Intangibles: Central Michigan – The Chippewas have won the last four meetings.
Matchup To Watch
Eriksen vs. Central Michigan’s rush defense
Eriksen has run for 280 yards and four touchdowns over the last two games. Central has allowed over 200 rushing yards in two of its last three games, and if Eriksen gets going, the Eagles should roll.
Over/Under: No line as of post
Eastern Michigan vs. Central Michigan Prediction
Rush helps the Chippewas take an early 14-point lead, but Roback and Eriksen bring the Eagles back. Roback throws his second touchdown pass midway through the fourth quarter to give EMU the win.
Eastern Michigan vs. Central Michigan final score prediction: Eastern Michigan 24, Central Michigan 17