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Missouri vs. Eastern Michigan - 9/10/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-0) at Missouri Tigers (0-1)

College Football: Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Memorial Stadium)

The Line: Missouri Tigers -25.5 -- Over/Under: 53 See the Latest Odds

TV: SEC

The Missouri Tigers and the Eastern Michigan Eagles face off on Saturday in week 2 college football action.

The Missouri Tigers opened the post Gary Pinkel era by losing their opener at West Virginia 26-11. The Missouri offense gained 462 yards while losing a fumble while converting on a respectable 42 percent of their third down plays. Tigers QB Drew Lock completed 45.1 percent of his passes for 28 yards and a touchdown. Mizzou’s rushing attack was led by Alex Ross who rushed for 67 yards while Ish Witter rushed for just 32 yards. Missouri receiver’s had a big day as J’Mon Moore had 8 receptions for 104 yards and Chris Back had 6 catches for 102 yards. The Missouri defense had a tough day allowing 26 points and 494 yards while grabbing two interceptions, recovering a fumble, and sacking the QB once. Michael Scherer led the Tigers with 10 tackles, Donavin Newsom had 8 tackles, and Anthony Sherrils had 7 tackles. Missouri’s defense outplayed the offense but both units can improve.

Missouri vs. Eastern Michigan - 9/10/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Eastern Michigan Eagles opened the season with a big win over Mississippi Valley State but they take a huge step up this week. The EMU offense scored 61 points while gaining 479 yards. Eagles QB Todd Porter completed 68.2 percent of his passes with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Shaq Vann led the Eastern Michigan rushing attack with 160 yards and 2 touchdowns and Ian Eriksen had 97 yards and 2 touchdowns while Nigel Kilby was the top receiver with 4 catches and Antoine Porter and Sergio Bailey had 3 catches each. Defensively EMU allowed just 14 points and 201 yards with 4 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries. Kyle Rachwell was the Eagles top tackler with 10, Justin Moody had 7, and Pat O’Connor had 6 including 2 sacks. While Eastern Michigan cruised to their win it’s tough to tell much as they played an opponent that didn’t have a roster to put up much of a contest.

Missouri is 19-8 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 1-4 against the spread in their last five non-conference games, and 15-5 against the spread following a loss. Eastern Michigan is 2-5-1 against the spread in their last eight games, 15-38 against the spread following a win, and 4-1 against the spread in their last five non-conference games.

Missouri loves to throw the football and expect them to be slinging it here. Eastern Michigan isn’t as bad as they once were but they are way over-matched here. 

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Missouri Tigers -25.5

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