Game Time: 12:00 pm ET, Saturday, October 23, 2021
Venue: Doyt L. Perry Stadium, Bowling Green, OH
Where to Watch: ESPN+
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: EMU -3, BGSU +3; Over/Under: 49 points
Bet365: Point Spread: EMU -3, BGSU +3; Over/Under: 49 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: EMU -3, BGSU +3; Over/Under: 49.5 points
Eastern Michigan Eagles: 4-3 (5th place, MAC West)
Bowling Green Falcons: 2-5 (6th place, MAC East)
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Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Bowling Green Falcons Preview and Analysis
Eastern Michigan Eagles: lost at home on Oct. 16 against the Ball State Cardinals 38-31.
Bowling Green Falcons: lost on the road on Oct. 16 against the Northern Illinois Huskies 34-26.
Eastern Michigan Eagles Analysis
EMU is coming into this game with a 4-3 record overall and they are 1-2 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 4th conference matchup of the year and they have already fallen behind with a 1-2 record in their conference games this season. Their 1 win came over the Miami-OH RedHawks while their 2 losses came against the Northern Illinois Huskies and Ball State in their last game. They have now lost 2 of their last 3 games coming into this one. Ben Bryant played alright in their last game but he also struggled at times as he completed 35/48 passes for 331 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Jawon Hamilton led the team in rushing with 40 yards on 8 carries but they did not get much of a run game going in that one. Dylan Drummond did have a nice day though as he led the receivers with 105 yards and 1 touchdown on 7 receptions while Hassan Beydoun led the team in receptions with 12 for 78 receiving yards. Jarrett Paul led the defense with 5 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones while Kempton Shine was right behind him with 4 solo tackles and 1 assisted one. No one on the defense recorded a sack or came away with an interception in that game. They have scored 207 points in 7 games this season averaging 29.6 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 175 points against them allowing 25 PPG. Their offense is averaging 360.9 YPG while their defense is allowing 396 YPG.
Bowling Green Falcons Analysis
BGSU is coming into this game with a 2-5 record overall and they are 1-2 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be the 4th conference matchup on their schedule this year and they are in a big hole right now with their 0-3 record in conference games this season. Their 3 losses came against the Kent State Golden Flashes, the Akron Zips, and against NIU in their last game. They have lost their last 3 games coming into this one. Matt McDonald struggled in their last game as he completed 16/41 passes for 235 yards and 1 touchdown. He also led the team in rushing with 75 yards while Taron Keith had 39 yards on 11 carries but that was basically their entire running game in that one. Jhaylin Embry led the receivers with 64 yards on 3 receptions while Austin Osborne was right behind him with 63 receiving yards and 1 touchdown on 5 receptions. Tyrone Broden also had 2 catches for 53 receiving yards in that one. Davon Ferguson led the defense with 10 solo tackles and 7 assisted ones while Darren Anders was right behind with 7 solo tackles and 5 assisted ones. No one on the defense recorded a sack in that game or an interception. They have scored 132 points in 7 games this season averaging 18.9 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 176 points against them allowing 25.1 PPG. Their offense is averaging 308.4 YPG while their defense is allowing 346 YPG.
Eastern Michigan vs Bowling Green Prediction
Eastern Michigan has not been playing well in their recent games but they have been keeping their losses close and they still have 1 win in their last 3 games. BGSU has been very bad losing 3 straight now and their offense has not looked that good either. They are not gaining a lot of yards or scoring a lot of points this year. EMU has a much better offense than them and that will be the difference in this game. The defense is roughly the same and they are both allowing the same amount of points per game. WMU averages more points scored and yards gained per game though. They will be able to power through this BGSU team and hand them yet another loss in their slump here. The best bet to place in this game is on EMU to cover the spread here.
Eastern Michigan Bowling Green Prediction: Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, October 23, 2021 (12:00 pm ET start time) is EMU 31 BGSU 24.
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NCAAF Betting Trends
Eastern Michigan Eagles: 120-139 ATS in all games. 29-41 ATS when the total is between 49.5 and 56. 20-29 ATS as a favorite. 86-93 ATS against conference opponents.
Bowling Green Falcons: 138-133 ATS in all games. 38-33 ATS when the total is between 49.5 and 56. 95-88 ATS against conference opponents.
Eastern Michigan Eagles: None.
Bowling Green Falcons: T. Raymore (RB) out for season - Knee injury.
Players to Watch
Eastern Michigan Eagles: Dylan Drummond is one player to watch in this contest. He is coming off of a good game where he led the team in receiving yards with over 100 in that game. The defense will be focusing more on Beydoun in this game so look for Drummond to get some looks in this one and make some big catches down the field when he is given the opportunity.
Bowling Green Falcons: Matt McDonald is one player to watch in this one. He leads the team in passing yards and in touchdowns scored this season. He is coming off of a game where he led the team in rushing as well. He is the leader of this offense and everything runs through him so look for him to make the big plays in this game to give his team a chance for the win here as they will need him to perform at his best.
“You make a game plan and figure out what you’re going to try to take away. If they’re going to try to beat you with something they haven’t been doing very well, that’s part of the risk you take.” - Chris Creighton on their loss to Ball State in their last game.
“I told our guys at the end of the game, we’re competitive now, and these games are going to come down to two or three or four plays, and you never know when they’re going to show up. We’ve got to work our tail off in order to push this boulder over the hill and finish games.” - Scot Loeffler on finishing their games strong for the win.
Eastern Michigan Eagles
WR Westmoreland, Zach
WR Dylan Drummond
WR Hassan Beydoun
TE Thomas Odukoya
QB Bryant, Ben
RB Darius Boone Jr.
Bowling Green Falcons
WR Broden, Tyrone
WR Osborne, Austin
TE Sims, Christian
TE Bench, Andrew
QB McDonald, Matt
RB Stewart, Terion
Eastern Michigan Eagles
Passing: Ben Bryant (1550)
Rushing: J. Hamilton (319)
Receiving: H. Beydoun (493)
Touchdowns: S. Evans (7)
Sacks: T. Rush (3.5)
Tackles: T. Myrick (21)
Bowling Green Falcons
Passing: M. McDonald (1641)
Rushing: J. Patterson (208)
Receiving: T. Broden (411)
Touchdowns: M. McDonald (3)
Sacks: K. Brooks (4)
Tackles: D. Ferguson (41)
Eastern Michigan Eagles: Chris Creighton (8th season)
Bowling Green Falcons: Scot Loeffler (3rd season)
59 degrees F partly cloudy, 60% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 9 mph wind speeds W.