Ohio Bobcats vs. Eastern Illinois Panthers CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/27/14
Eastern Illinois Panthers (0-1) at Ohio Bobcats (2-2)
College Football: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Peden Stadium)
The Line: Ohio Bobcats -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Eastern Illinois Panthers and Ohio Bobcats play Saturday at Peden Stadium.
The Eastern Illinois Panthers picked up their first win last week against Austin Peay and hope that momentum can lead to a big upset on the road. While the Panthers haven’t been a great offensive team this season, they did score 63 points last week and bumped their running average to 4.5 yards per carry. Jalen Whitlow and Taylor Duncan have combined for more than 400 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Meanwhile a two-quarterback system between Whitlow and Andrew Manley is completing just 57.6 percent of its passes for five touchdowns and seven interceptions. Adam Drake is the main offensive weapon for Eastern Illinois, as he has 30 receptions for 424 yards and a touchdown, while nobody else on the team has more than 13 receptions. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are allowing 316.8 yards per game and have six sacks and 27 tackles for loss. Kamu Grugier-Hill leads Eastern Illinois with 23 tackles and Robert Haynes has eight tackles for loss.
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The Ohio Bobcats look to win back-to-back games for the first time since the middle of last season. With an injury to Derrius Vick, the Bobcats will be forced to lean on sophomore quarterback JD Sprague, who is completing 54.3 percent of his passes for 344 yards and a touchdown. Due to the shaky quarterback play, Ohio will continue to rely heavily on running backs A.J. Ouellette and Daz'mond Patterson, a duo that’s produced 349 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Ohio isn’t exactly the most effective offense in the country but is coming off a 505-yard performance against Idaho. Defensively, the Ohio Bobcats are allowing 454.8 yards per game and have forced four turnovers and 11 sacks. Quentin Poling leads the Bobcats with 34 tackles and Blair Brown has four tackles for loss.
Neither team is all that great and have already had their fair share of troubles early on. However, you have to think the Bobcats have the better athletes and should be able to take advantage of the home crowd. Besides, it's hard to back a team that's lost to Southern Illinois and Illinois State. Take the chalk, as the Bobcats should win by at least a touchdown.