Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#117 Eastern Michigan (EMU) vs.
#118 Central Michigan (CMU)
Friday, November 26, 2021 at 12:00pm EST
Written by David Delano

The Central Michigan Chippewas will host the Eastern Michigan Eagles in a Mid-American Conference West Division match-up. The Chippewas are 7-4 overall, 4-1 at home, and 5-2 in the MAC. Eastern Michigan is also 7-4, 3-2 on the road, and 4-3 in the conference. Last season Central Michigan beat Eastern Michigan 31-23 as a 6.5 point favorite.

Ryland's leg leads EMU to victory

The Eastern Michigan Eagles have won three of their last four games. Last Tuesday, Eastern Michigan beat Western Michigan 22-21 led by field goal kicker Chad Ryland who went 5/5 on field goals with a long of 31 yards. QuarterbackBen Bryant completed 13 of 23 passes for 156 yards touchdowns, and running back Samson Evans threw one pass, 19 yards for a touchdown. The Eagles had a big rushing game racking up 247 yards on 43 attempts, led by senior Jawon Hamilton with 179 yards on 19 attempts.

The Eagles are eighth in the MAC in total offense averaging 395 yards per game. They are third in the conference with 267.5 passing yards per game, and 10th rushing for 127.5 yards per game. On defense, Eastern Michigan is ninth in the conference allowing 436.3 yards per game and 242.5 passing yards per game. They are seventh holding opponents to 193.7 rushing yards per game.

CMU looking to win fourth straight game

Central Michigan has won three straight games and five of the last six. Last week Central Michigan beat Ball State 37-17 as a 2.5-point favorite, outgaining the Cardinals 567 to 329 in total yards. Third-year freshmen quarterback Daniel Richardson who leads the team with 2,294 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, and four interceptions this season, completed 20 of 25 passes for 283 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions against Ball State. Central Michigan has the MAC's leading rusher, freshmen Lew Nichols III, who has picked up 1,516 yards with 14 touchdowns and 5.7 yards per attempt. Against Ball State, Nichols III rushed for 219 yards with three touchdowns on 32 attempts.

The Chippewas are second in the MAC, averaging 459.7 total yards per game, first with 282.8 passing yards per game, and seventh averaging 176.9 rushing yards per game. On defense, the Chips are fifth in the conference allowing 409.9 yards allowed per game. The strength has been the rushing defense that is third in the conference allowing 143.4 rushing yards per game, and 11th giving up 266.5 passing yards per game.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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Nine points seem like a little too many to give Central Michigan in this rivalry. This season, Eastern Michigan has won four of its seven MAC games, but none of their three losses have been by more than eight points. The Eagles are also 15-2 in their last 17 games as an underdog of between 3.5 to 10 points. I expect to see a close game here and will take the Eagles to cover. The underdog has also covered the spread in four of the last five games in this head-to-head series. Take Eastern Michigan to cover.

Prediction: Eastern Michigan Eagles +9

Full-Game Total Pick

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The total of 64 seems a little too high. The Eastern Michigan Eagles are averaging a combined 60.4 ppg with their opponents, and the Chippewas are combing with their opposition for 60.8 ppg. There have also been less than 59 points scored in each of their last three head-to-head games. I will take the under.

Prediction: Under 64

Written By David Marotta , "David Delano"

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