Maine Black Bears (10-3) at Eastern Washington Eagles (11-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 15, 2018, 2:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Eastern Washington Eagles -11 -- Over/Under: 59
The Maine Black Bears and Eastern Washington Eagles meet Saturday in the college football FCS semifinals at Roos Field.
The Maine Black Bears look for another victory after upsetting Weber State on the road last week. The Maine Black Bears have won five of their last eight road games. Chris Ferguson is completing 57 percent of his passes for 2,047 yards, 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Ferguson has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last five games. Earnest Edwards and Jaquan Blair have combined for 1,294 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns while Micah Wright has 44 receptions. The Maine Black Bears ground game is averaging 132.8 yards per contest, and Jefferson Ramon leads the way with 972 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Maine is allowing 21.3 points and 293.5 yards per game. Deshawn Stevens leads the Maine Black Bears with 112 tackles, Sterling Sheffield has 9.5 sacks and Richard Carr has three interceptions.
The Eastern Washington Eagles look to advance to the championship game after coming back last week to beat UC Davis. The Eastern Washington Eagles have won all seven home games this season. Eric Barriere is completing 60.9 percent of his passes for 1,900 yards, 17 touchdowns and six interceptions. Barriere has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last six games. Nsimba Webster and Andrew Boston have combined for 1,629 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Henderson Belk has 15 receptions. The Eastern Washington Eagles ground game is averaging 266.6 yards per contest, and Sam McPherson leads the way with 1,288 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, Eastern Washington is allowing 21.7 points and 378.5 yards per game. Ketner Kupp leads the Eastern Washington Eagles with 97 tackles, Jay-Tee Tiuli has four sacks and D'londo Tucker has four interceptions.
The Eastern Washington Eagles are a good football team, but they're lucky to even be in this game, as they needed 20 fourth quarter points and a last minute touchdown to beat UC Davis. The Maine Black Bears pretty much dominated a sharp Weber State club, allowing negative rushing yards and forcing four turnovers. While one week is just that, you have to be a bit more positive about Maine right now. The Maine Black Bears are playing with house money and riding high on the confidence. Maine has a very aggressive defense and is more than battle tested. I'm taking the points here.