Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-0) at Purdue Boilermakers (0-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Ross-Ade Stadium)
The Line: Purdue Boilermakers -14 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Eastern Michigan Eagles and Purdue Boilermakers meet Saturday in college football action at Ross-Ade Stadium.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles look for a statement road victory after beating up on Monmouth in their season opener. The Eastern Michigan Eagles have lost five of their last six road games. Tyler Wiegers is completing 85.7 percent of his passes for 238 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Wiegers has three touchdown passes on 27 career pass attempts. Blake Banham and Line Latu have combined for 165 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Dylan Drummond has two receptions. The Eastern Michigan Eagles ground game is averaging 160 yards per contest, and Ian Eriksen leads the way with 44 yards on 12 carries. Defensively, Eastern Michigan is allowing 17 points and 386 yards per game. Kobie Beltram leads the Eastern Michigan Eagles with nine tackles, Terry Myrick has one sack and Kyle Rachwal has one interception.
The Purdue Boilermakers need a bounce back performance after losing their season opener to the Northwestern Wildcats. The Purdue Boilermakers have split their last six home games. Elijah Sindelar is completing 60 percent of his passes for 196 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Sindelar has five touchdown passes and four interceptions in his last two games. Rondale Moore and Jared Sparks have combined for 185 receiving yards and one touchdown while Terry Wright has three receptions. The Purdue Boilermakers ground game is averaging 202 yards per contest, and Moore leads the way with 79 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Purdue is allowing 31 points and 401 yards per game. Markus Bailey leads the Purdue Boilermakers with nine tackles, Cornel Jones has three tackles for loss and Tim Cason has three pass deflections.
The Eagles are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 non-conference games, 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 road games and 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Boilermakers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September. The over is 35-16-1 in Boilermakers last 52 home games and the over is 5-0-1 in Eagles last 6 games overall.
The Purdue Boilermakers will be eager to have a bounce back performance after a frustrating loss to Northwestern and with the way things ended. However, Purdue needs to find more offensively than relying on Moore to do everything. The Eastern Michigan Eagles don't move the needle by beating Monmouth, but they are an experienced team that lost a ton of close games last year and did beat a Big Ten team on the road in Rutgers. Six of Eastern Michigan's seven losses last season were decided by seven or less points. The Eastern Michigan Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last six games when a double-digit underdog. The Purdue Boilermakers are 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine games when a double-digit favorite. You have to love how the Eagles keep games close to the vest and compete even in losses. Give me the points.