Coastal Carolina vs. Eastern Michigan - 8/31/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Coastal Carolina vs. Eastern Michigan - 8/31/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Eastern Michigan at Coastal Carolina

Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 2:30 PM (Brooks Stadium )

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The Eastern Michigan Eagles and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers will match up on the college football circuit Saturday.

Eastern Michigan is coming out of a 2018 in which they went 7-6 overall and 5-3 in Mid-American Conference play for a second place (three-way tie) finish in the West Division. The Eagles earned a trip to the Camellia Bowl, where they lost a tough one 23-21 to Georgia Southern.

This season, head coach Chris Creighton takes the reins for EMU in his sixth year. He’ll be joined by offensive coordinator Aaron Keen (third season) and DC Neal Neathery (fourth season).

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Over on the Coastal Carolina side, they posted a 5-7 mark in 2018, going just 2-6 in the Sun Belt Conference for a fourth-place finish in the East Division.

The Chanticleers will change things up with their coaching staff this year, led by first-year head Jamey Chadwell. Coordinators Marvin Sanders (defense; second year) and first-year offensive coordinators Newland Isaac and Willy Korn will join him.

The Eagles are 5-0 ATS in their last five on grass and 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 road games. EMU is also 16-5 ATS in their last 21 non-conference games and 25-11 ATS in their last 36 overall.

Meanwhile, the Chanticleers are 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last four home games. Coastal Carolina is 0-4 ATS in their last four overall and 0-4 ATS in their last four on grass.

Coastal Carolina will have a stout task ahead of them this season as they try to make headway in the tougher division of the conference. The Chanticleers will have to compare themselves against App State, Troy and Georgia Southern as the year plays out.

As for EMU, they’ve got some potentially tough schools to contend with this year, notably Toledo, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan, all of whom should contend for the West Division.

Still, Eastern Michigan is probably in a better spot to come out strong here, so I’m going with the Eagles on the cover.

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Andrew’s Pick Eastern Michigan Eagles -5.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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