Game Time: 3:30 pm ET, Saturday, September 18, 2021
Venue: Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium, Amherst, MA
Where to Watch: FloSports
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Eagles -17, Minutemen +17; Over/Under: 56 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Eagles -17, Minutemen +17; Over/Under: 56 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Eagles -17, Minutemen +17; Over/Under: 56.5 points
Eastern Michigan Eagles: 1-1 (6th place, MAC West)
Massachusetts Minutemen: 0-2 (5th place, Independents)
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Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Massachusetts Minutemen Preview and Analysis
Eastern Michigan Eagles: lost 1
Massachusetts Minutemen: lost 2
This season the Eastern Michigan Eagles are averaging a 59.5% completion percentage, 132.5 passing yards, and 0 touchdowns per game through the air. They also average 251 rushing yards and 2.5 touchdowns per game on the ground. The Massachusetts Minutemen were averaging a 46.7% completion percentage, 190.5 passing yards, and 1.5 touchdowns per game through the air. They also averaged 81.5 rushing yards and 1 touchdown per game on the ground.
This season the Eastern Michigan Eagles are allowing teams a 60% completion percentage, 176.5 passing yards, and 0 touchdowns per game through the air. They also allow 228.5 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns per game on the ground. The Massachusetts Minutemen are allowing teams a 76.2% completion percentage, 298 passing yards, and 1.5 touchdowns per game through the air. They also allow 237 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns per game on the ground.
Eagles vs Minutemen Prediction
The EMU Eagles are coming into this college football game with a 1-1 record overall and will now be playing their 3rd non-conference game in a row. They won their first game of the college football season against the St. Francis PA Red Flash by a score of 35-15. They lost in their last game to the Wisconsin Badgers 34-7, who are ranked 18th on the AP poll. None of their quarterbacks had a good game in that one as Preston Hutchinson completed 6/13 passes for 53 yards and 1 interception. Their run game was just as bad as Hutchinson led the team in rushing with 12 yards on 3 carries. Zach Westmoreland led the receivers with 35 yards on 2 receptions. Terry Myrick led the Eastern Michigan defense with 7 solo tackles while Marqualin Scott recorded the only sack for his team. David Carter Jr. had the only interception in this game and ran it back for the pick-6 scoring the only TD for his team in that game. Eastern Michigan's offense is averaging 251 total YPG and allowing their opponents 405 YPG this season. They have scored 42 points and allowed 49 points in their 2 games this season.
The UMass Minutemen are coming into this matchup with a 0-2 record this season and will be the host for this game. They lost their first game of the regular season against the Pittsburgh Panthers 51-7 and then went on to lose in their last game to Boston College 45-28. Brady Olson was alright in the last game but not very accurate as he completed 14/29 passes for 214 yards, 3 touchdown passes and 2 interceptions. The run game was not good in that one as Ellis Merriweather led the team with 56 rushing yards. Rico Arnold had a decent day for the receivers with 85 yards and 1 touchdown on 2 receptions. Gerrell Johnson led the defense with 5 solo tackles and 8 assisted ones while no one on the team recorded a sack and they had zero interceptions. UMass’ offense is averaging 272 total YPG while they are allowing their opponents 535 YPG. They have scored 35 points in their first 2 games of the season while allowing 96 points in just the 2 games.
EMU are coming into this game as a large favorite and that totally makes sense. This UMass team is producing nothing on offense while they are getting burned on the defensive side of the ball. The Eagles are not doing too well on offense either though so this one could end up being a low scoring game that stays under the point total and that UMass covers in a bet on either seems good.
Eagles Minutemen Prediction: Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, Sep 18, 2021 (3:30 pm ET start time) is Eagles 24 Minutemen 17.
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NCAAF Betting Trends
Eastern Michigan Eagles: 3-6 ATS when the total is between 49.5 and 56. 7-4 ATS in road games.
Massachusetts Minutemen: 5-13 ATS in all games. 5-12 ATS as an underdog.
Eastern Michigan Eagles: None.
Massachusetts Minutemen: T. Lytle (QB) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury.
Players to Watch
Eastern Michigan Eagles: Dylan Drummond is one player to watch here. He leads his team in receiving yards and will need to step up here to help his team get a win against a weak UMass team. He should run circles around the UMass players so look for him to have a big game.
Massachusetts Minutemen: Kay’Ron Adams is one player to watch in this game. He was quiet in the last game and he will need to step up and help his team to some longer drives to keep this ball away from the Easter Michigan players.
"Coach Creighton has helped change the culture and the direction of our football program during his tenure at Eastern Michigan. We are excited about continuing to build upon a foundation that has seen our teams compete in three postseason bowl games, upset a trio of 'Power Five' opponents, and reach unprecedented new heights in the classroom. Winning a Mid-American Conference Championship and future bowl games continues to drive our football program and athletic department. We believe Coach Creighton is the best leader to accomplish those goals and continue to make our alumni, university, and community proud." - Scott Wetherbee on head coach Chris Creighton and his impact on the program.
“The cherry on top is that he’s an alum, but most importantly he’s a fantastic o-line coach and he’s done a great job everywhere he’s been, whatever role he’s been in. But to also bring back an alumni with those credentials was huge.” - Walt Bell on bringing in Alex Miller as the offensive line coach.
Eastern Michigan Eagles
WR Dylan Summers
WR Dylan Drummond
WR Hassan Beydoun
TE Thomas Odukoya
QB Preston Hutchinson
RB Darius Boone Jr.
WR Rico Arnold
WR Tray Pettway
WR Jermaine Johnson Jr.
TE Taylor Edwards
QB Tyler Lytle
RB Kay'Ron Adams
Statistical Leaders (Stats)
Eastern Michigan Eagles
Passing: Ben Bryant (149)
Rushing: D. Boone Jr. (107)
Receiving: D. Drummond (69)
Touchdowns: S. Evans (3)
Sacks: T. Myrick (1)
Tackles: T. Myrick (11)
Passing: B. Olson (214)
Rushing: E. Merriweather (59)
Receiving: R. Arnold (85)
Touchdowns: R. Arnold (1)
Sacks: X. Gonsalves (1)
Tackles: D. Ross (8)
Eastern Michigan Eagles: Chris Creighton (8th season)
Massachusetts Minutemen: Walt Bell (3rd season)
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