Army Black Knights vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles Free Pick - 10/12/13
Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-4) at Army Black Knights (2-4)
NCAAF Football: Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm (Michie Stadium)
The Line: Army Black Knights -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network HD
The Army Black Knights host the Eastern Michigan Eagles in an early Saturday afternoon bout.
Eastern Michigan has dropped four in row after opening the season with a win over subdivision Howard. The schedule hasn't been easy and still has some tough squads left to be played so a winning record seems like a stretch. The Eagles had dominated Buffalo until week six where nothing went right in a 42-14 defeat where the Bulls owned the yardage battle by a 452-329 count. EMU ran the ball well enough with 147 yards overall and a five yard average with Bronson Hill totaling 58 yards on 14 totes while Ryan Brumfield rambled for 79 yards on only two carries which included a 75 yard scoring burst. Tyler Benz (12-19/157) tried to move the chains through the air but for the most part everything was short and three turnovers were killers.
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The one constant for Army has been their relentless ground and pound option attack which is number four in the nation at 330 yards per game, which is a fantastic accomplishment. The problem is the Black Knights don't throw the ball often or well and they have been playing from behind all too often so running the ball doesn't put points on the board in a hurry. That was the issue in a 48-27 loss at Boston College, where Army piled up 351 rushing yards and averaged nearly 5 1/2 yards with Larry Dixon leading the way with 135 yards on eleven totes with a pair of touchdowns, but the Black Knights couldn't get crucial stops and couldn't score quickly enough with Boston College able to run or throw when needed on the way over 500 yards.
This will be an interesting matchup between two struggling teams. I think Army is better, but for now I'll lay the points, although I'm honestly not interested in risking money on this...