On Saturday, the Eastern Michigan Eagles will host the Texas State Bobcats in a non-conference match-up. According to CBS Sports, the Eagles come into this game ranked No. 97 nationally and 2-1 record overall. Texas State is 1-2 and No. 118 in the CBS Sports.
Texas State looking to get to.500Texas State is led by head coach Jake Spavital, who has a 6-21 record in his third season now with the Bobcats. The Texas State Bobcats played a full schedule last season, going 2-10 overall and 2-6 in the Sun Belt.
This year, the Bobcats opened the season with a 29-20 loss as a 13.5-point home dog to Baylor. On September 11, Texas State won its only game 23-17 in overtime as a two-point dog to Florida International but had its most disappointing game of the season last Saturday, falling 42-34 at home as a 10.5-point favorite to Incarnate Word.
Texas State averages 25.7 points per game this year and 343.7 yards of total offense. Sophomore quarterback Brady McBride leads the Texas State offense. He has been completed 56.3% of his passes for 599 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions. The rushing attack averages 144 yards per game, led by Calvin Hill, who has 181 yards.
The Bobcats returned seven of their top 10 tacklers from 2020 and five starting defensive backs from last season. This year, the team allows 29.3 points and 416 yards per game, 261 passing, and 155 rushing.
Eagles going for thirdEastern Michigan was only predicted to finish fifth in the MAC West according to the 2021 Preseason Media Football Poll. Playing a six-game conference only schedule last season, the Eagles went 2-4. Eastern Michigan has nine offensive and seven defensive starters back this year.
The Eagles beat St. Francis (PA) Red Flash 35-15 as a 34.5-point favorite in the season opener and followed that up with a 34-7 loss as a 26-point underdog at Wisconsin. Last week Eastern Michigan beat UMass 42-28 but failed to cover the spread for the third consecutive week as a 22-point favorite. The Eagles were outgained by the Minutemen 519 to 507 in total yardage in the win.
Eastern Michigan averages 28 points per game this year and 336.3 yards of total offense. Senior transfer Cincinnati quarterback Ben Bryant leads the offensive,who completed 68.4% of his passes for 447 yards with a touchdown. Last year's starter, junior Preston Hutchinson, who has completed 53.6% of his passes with two interceptions.
The rushing attack is led by senior Jawon Hamilton, who has rushed for 186 yards on 6.0 yards, followed by freshman Darius Boone Jr., who ran for 107 yards on 22 carries in the series opener but has accumulated just 27 yards on 17 carries in the last two games.
The Eagles defense has allowed 443 yards per game, 222 passing, and 221 on the ground.
- Bobcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a road favorite.
- Eagles are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in September
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
These two teams have performed very differently against the spread this year. The Eagles have failed to cover in a game yet, and have questions as they rotate quarterbacks. On the other side, the Bobcats have covered in two of their first three games. Coming off of a disappointing loss to Incarnate Word, I expect the Texas State Bobcats to come in motivated. The Bobcats also have more stability at the quarterback position with Brady McBride.
Overall these two teams are pretty evenly matched, and I don't think either side should be favored more than four points. I will take Texas State with a great chance to win outright.
Full-Game Total Pick
The total here seems too high. The Eastern Michigan Eagles are averaging 28 ppg, and holding teams to 25.7 ppg for a combined total of 53.7 ppg, The Bobcats are scoring 25.7 points and allowing 29.3 points, for a total of 55 points per game. With the under being 6-1-1 in Eastern Michigan's last eight games as a home favorite, I will take the under.