Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
The 2015 Eastern Michigan Football team won’t be mistaken for The University of Michigan, Michigan State or even Western Michigan. The Eagles have been regulars in the basement of the Mid-American Conference for years. Head Coach Chris Creighton enters his second season at the Suburban Detroit Institute with a 2-10 record, 1-7 in the MAC West Division. Eleven starters return on both sides of the football, four on offense. The Eagles want to find balance in all phases of the game in 2015. There is redshirt Freshman, who must step up and be counted on this season. The Eastern Michigan Eagles plays home games at the 30,000 seat Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
The 2015 Eastern Michigan offense will be led by sophomore quarterback Reginald Bell, Jr (1,297) yards passing with (562) rushing yards. Bell has big-play ability and is the leader of the offense. Three running backs including senior Darius Jackson are capable of grinding out tough yards and taking it the distance. Eastern Michigan will have trouble in the passing game due to the lack of playmakers at the wide receiver position. Indiana University transfer Kevin Davis could turn into a weapon. Three offensive linemen from last season’s teams must be replaced. There is a slew of underclassmen that the coaching staff must groom in fall camp. The Eastern Michigan Eagles went 5-7 on NCAA Football Point Spread Picks last season, going over the betting odds total six times and staying under the betting odds total five.
*The Eagles ranked 124th nationally on offense, putting up only 289.6 yards per contest.
*Eastern Michigan went 2-3 Against The Number in Ypsilanti.
*EMU was 3-4 on NCAA Football Expert Picks on the road last season.
*The betting odds total was 2-2 at Rynearson Stadium last season.
*Eastern Michigan went over the betting odds total four times on the road.
*The Eagles stayed under the betting odds total three times on the road.
*The Eagles passing offense ranked 117th in the nation, averaging 151.8 yards per contest throwing the Football.
*EMU put up an average of 15.2 ppg, 126th in the FBS.
*The 137.8 yards per contest on the ground by the Eagles was 99th in the College Football landscape.
Seven starters return on a defense that had it’s problems last season. Three of the returnees are along the defensive front, but there is no depth in the D-line rotation. Linebacker Ike Spearman is in the mix after missing last season. The Eagles have speed at the linebacking position, and they must fill the gaps this season. The secondary has talent, especially at the cornerback position. Safety Jason Beck is a solid hitter, but struggles in the pass defense.
*The 498.8 yards per contest given up by the Eastern Michigan defense was 121st nationally.
*The Eagles Pass defense ranked 118th in the FBS, giving up 273.5 yards per contest through the air.
*The 40.9 ppg given up by the EMU defense was 125th in College Football.
*Eastern Michigan rush defense ranked 116th in the country against the run, giving up an average of 225.2 yards per game on the ground.
*Eastern Michigan will be getting a nice payday at LSU on October 3rd. In an out of conference matchup.
*The Eagles have three winnable home Mid-American Conference games.
Bovada lists Eastern Michigan at over/under one and a half wins in 2015.
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