Miami (Ohio) vs. Eastern Michigan - 11/7/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-8) at Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (1-8)
College Football: Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 2:30 pm (Fred C Yager Stadium)
The Line: Miami (Ohio) RedHawks -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Eastern Michigan Eagles travel to Yager Stadium to take on the Miami (OH) Redhawks this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles lost their 7th straight game and dropped to 1-8 (0-5 MAC-West) on the season after being defeated 58-28 by the Western Michigan Broncos this past Saturday. Eastern Michigan was able to take a quick 7-0 lead but found themselves down 44-21 by the start of the 4th quarter. Eastern Michigan was outgained by Western Michigan by a 595 margin and committed 4 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Eagles was WR Dustin Creel who had 82 yards and 2 TD’s on 5 receptions. On the season, Eastern Michigan is averaging 27.4 ppg on 414.8 yards per game (229.4 passing, 185.3 rushing). Leading the way for the Eagles offensive has been the running back duo of Darius Jackson (17.89 att/game, 99.33 yards/game, 12 TD) and Shaq Vann (9.56 att/game, 58.44 yards/game, 5 TD). QB Brogan Roback is currently averaging 200.9 yards/game and has 12 TD and 11 INT on the season. Eddie Daugherty (3.4 rec/game, 54.9 yards/game, 3 TD) and Dustin Creel (3.3 rec/game, 35.9 yards/game, 5 TD) have been the biggest threats at the WR position for Eastern Michigan. Defensively, Eastern Michigan is allowing opponents to average 46.0 ppg on 529.8 yards per game (196.2 passing, 333.6 rushing). The Eagles are forcing on average less than a turnover per game and has a turnover margin of minus-13. Leading the way for the Eastern Michigan defense has been LB Great IBE (90 tackles, 0.5 sacks).
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The Miami (OH) Redhawks lost their 8th straight game and dropped to 1-8 (0-5 MAC-East) on the season after losing a close 29-24 battle with the Buffalo Bulls this past Saturday. Miami (OH) was outgained by Buffalo by a 433-348 margin and the Bulls Ron Willoughby to score TD’s on both of his receptions, including a 78 yard TD. Leading the way for the Redhawks was WR Sam Martin who had 95 yards and a TD on 4 receptions in the loss. On the season, Miami (OH) is averaging 15.4 ppg on 326.0 yards per game (208.4 passing, 117.6 rushing). Leading the way for the Redhawks offense has QB Billy Bahl who is averaging 115.5 yards passing per game while throwing for 4 TD and 10 INT on the season. The primary receiving targets for Bahl this season have been WR Sam Martin (2.9 rec/game, 56.4 yards/game, 2 TD) and TE Ryan Smith (2.0 rec/game, 25.3 yards/game, 4 TD). The Miami (OH) rushing attack is led by Alonzo Smith who has 3 TD’s on the season while averaging 7.89 carries and 32.22 yards per game. Defensively, Miami (OH) is allowing opponents to average 35.7 ppg on 444.3 yards per game (259.7 passing, 184.6 rushing). The Redhawks have committed 24 turnovers on the season and currently have a turnover margin of minus-12. Defensively, Miami (OH) is led by LB Kent Kern (74 tackles, 2.0 sacks) and DL JT Jones (34 tackles, 3.5 sacks).
The Eagles are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games however, just 17-35-1 ATS in their last 53 conference games. The Redhawks are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 conference games.
Both of these teams will be looking to break long losing streaks in which should be a somewhat high scoring game as both defensives have struggled. Eastern Michigan has one of the worst rushing defenses in the country however, as Miami (OH) has done most of their damage throw the air, this shouldn’t hurt Eastern Michigan as much as it has throughout the year. Eastern Michigan has a talented running game with both Darius Jackson and Shaq Vann in their backfield and I think the Eagles will do enough to keep this game close enough to at worst cover with the points. Take Eastern Michigan and the points.