Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-1) vs. Massachusetts Minutemen (0-2)
The Eastern Michigan Eagles travel to take on the Massachusetts Minutemen on Saturday. The Eagles are coming off a tough loss to the Wisconsin Badgers last Saturday, 34-7. Massachusetts lost to Boston College on Sunday, 45-28, their second loss of the season.
Eastern Michigan enters as a 22-point favorite. The last time these teams faced each other was November 2015 when the Minutemen, 28-17. Massachusetts has won the last two meetings.
Badgers Crush EaglesWisconsin scored 27 unanswered points to start the game on their way to a 34-7 victory over Eastern Michigan. The Eagles' offense was simply shut down, recording three total first downs and 92 total yards of total offense. The Badgers rolled behind 518 of total yards of offense.
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The Eagles are averaging 21.0 points per game and averaging 251.0 yards per game. That is a more impressive number in light of the 92 years the team put up on Saturday. The passing game has been split between Ben Bryant and Preston Hutchinson. Hutchinson has completed 13 of 25 passes for 116 yards and two picks. Bryant has completed 12 of 17 passes for 149 yards.
Darius Boone leads the team in rushing with 28 carries for 107 yards and a TD. Jawon Hamilton is second with 15 carries for 64 yards and a score.
Terry Myrick leads the team with 13 tackles. The Eagles have six sacks, four interceptions, and a fumble recovery.
Boston College Scores Early to Down MinutemenThe Boston College Eagles scored 14 first-quarter points on their way to a 45-28 victory over Massachusetts. The Minutemen struggled to shutdown the Boston College offense, giving up 250 yards rushing and 471 yards of total offense.
UMass is averaging 17.5 points and 272.0 yards per contest. The Minutemen have also used two quarterbacks. Brady Olson has completed 14 of 29 passes for 214 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. Tyler Lytle has 14 completions on 31 attempts for 167 yards, but is out due to an undisclosed injury.
The ground game has been split between two backs. Kay’Ron Adams has carried the ball 21 times for 66 yards and a score, a 3.1 yards per carry average. Eli Merriweather has 14 carries for 59 yards.
The defense is allowing 48.0 points and 534 yards per game. UMass has just one sack and two total turnovers. Gerrell Johnson leads the team in tackles with 18.
- 14-5 ATS in their last 19 non-conference games.
- 23-7 ATS in their last 30 games on the road.
- 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games following a loss.
- 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games against teams from the MAC conference.
- 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games in September.
- 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a double-digit loss at home.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
There is no denying that a 22.0-point spread is a lot, but consider how poorly the UMass defense has played this season. This is a team that is just getting steamrolled. They are getting no pressure on the opposing quarterback and are giving up huge chunks of yards, especially on the ground.
The Eagles have a solid enough ground game led by Boone. that they not only will be able to control the clock, but will get big yards on the ground. Look for them to totally dominate the clock, and with the Minutemen having no real discernible offense, I would not be surprised if Eastern Michigan had a 22-point lead by the end of the first half.
Full-Game Total Pick
You have to throw out the numbers that Eastern Michigan put up against Wisconsin. Those were numbers you cannot consider since they were facing one of the top teams in the country. This is a formidable offense that has the potential to move the ball well, which is what they did against Saint Francis when they put up 410 yards of total offense, including 221 on the ground.
I look for the Minutemen to struggle to move the ball, looking more like they did against Pittsburgh. Take Eastern Michigan to win, 41-10.