Where: Kelly/Shorts Stadium, Mount Pleasant, MI
When: Saturday, October 5, 3:00 PM. ET.
The Central Michigan Chippewas will be trying to snap their two-game losing streak when they renew their rivalry with the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Saturday afternoon.
Eagles Going For Fourth Win In Five GamesThe Eagles have played well to start the season, winning three of their first four games. They will be trying to pick up their first MAC win of the season and their second consecutive win over the Chippewas when they play on Saturday.
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Eastern Michigan has played well offensively, averaging 28.8 points per game, which is 76th in the country. Their passing game is one of the best in the country, led by Mike Glass III, who has thrown for 1,120 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions.
In their last game, Glass completed 26 of 39 passes for 279 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions as he led the Eagles past Central Connecticut 34-29. Despite his solid play this season, the team needs more balance on offense and needs to do a better job running the ball.
Eastern Michigan’s defense has been a liability this season, giving up 30.3 points per game. Glass and the offense have been able to overcome their defensive issues in their three wins, but the defense will need to start playing better if the team plans on winning their division this season.
Chippewas Going For Third Consecutive Home WinThe Chippewas haven’t played well so far, losing three of their first five games. However, they have played well at home and have won their last two home games. They will be trying to make it three straight wins at home when they play their rivals on Saturday.
Central Michigan’s offense is similar to the Eagles’ with the team averaging 27.5 points per game on the strength of their passing game. David Moore leads the Chippewas with 864 passing yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions.
In their last game, Moore completed 33 of 48 passes for 330 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions, but it wasn’t enough as the Chippewas were outscored by Western Michigan 31-15, in a game that was not as close as the score suggests.
The team will need to do a better job of protecting the ball after turning it over three times. If they can limit their turnovers, they will have a chance to get the win on Saturday.
The Chippewas will also have to do a better job against the pass against an offense that is averaging 280 passing yards per game. If they can force glass into turning the ball over, they should be able to get the win.
Eastern Michigan is:
- 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games following an ATS loss.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October.
- 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 road games.
Central Michigan is:
- 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in October.
- 2-7 ATS in their last 9 conference games.