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Wallpaper Wednesday – Swoop

October 22, 2014
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I got what I figured was a pretty decent picture of Swoop at the Buffalo game.  I do enjoy seeing Swoop at the games and I hope you enjoy your wallpaper.

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I hope that Eastern Michigan is able to pull off the upset on Saturday.

 

2014 opponent watch, week 8

October 21, 2014

EMU’s opponents went 6-3 this week, or 4-2 when you exclude games against each other and against EMU. Old Dominion, Buffalo, and Toledo had the weekend off.

Team W L Total % Conf W L Conf % Last Next SagP
Morgan State 4 3 57% MEAC 3 1 75% Won 21-20 vs North Carolina Central 10/25 at Villanova 38.96
Florida 3 3 50% SEC 2 3 40% Lost 42-13 vs Missouri Bye (11/1 vs Georgia) 78.48
Old Dominion 3 4 43% Conference USA 1 3 25% Bye (lost 42-35 at Texas-El Paso) 10/25 at Western Kentucky 53.57
#8 Michigan State 6 1 86% B1G 3 0 100% Won 56-17 at Indiana 10/18 at Indiana 86.75
Akron 4 3 57% MAC 2 1 67% Lost 23-20 at Ohio 10/25 at Ball State 63.56
Buffalo 3 4 43% MAC 1 2 33% Bye (lost 37-27 at EMU) 10/25 vs Central Michigan 54.28
Massachusetts 2 6 33% MAC 2 2 50% Won 36-14 vs EMU 10/25 at Toledo 55.12
Northern Illinois 5 2 71% MAC 2 1 67% Won 51-41 vs Miami 10/25 at EMU 63.35
Central Michigan 4 4 50% MAC 2 2 50% Lost 32-29 vs Ball State 10/25 at Buffalo 61.78
Western Michigan 4 3 57% MAC 2 1 67% Won 26-14 at Bowling Green 10/25 vs Ohio 64.54
Ball State 1 5 17% MAC 0 2 0% Won 32-29 at Central Michigan 10/25 vs Akron 60.10
Toledo 4 3 57% MAC 3 0 100% Bye (lost 37-30 at Iowa State) 10/25 vs Massachusetts 68.64
Total 43 41 51% 23 18 56%
Past 25 24 51% 14 12 54%
Upcoming 18 17 51% 9 6 60%

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Random Musings — Bonus Rant Edition

October 20, 2014
  • EMU’s 36-14 loss to Massachusetts on Saturday certainly brought things back to reality in a hurry. One week after Eastern Michigan’s offensive explosion against Buffalo, the EMU offense was held in check by UMass, and the defense could not stop the Minutemen, especially their running game. The loss proves there is a long way to go for this program.
  • Quarterback Reggie Bell was at times solid, and at times lost in the UMass game. This shouldn’t be a surprise, he is still only a redshirt freshman, and this was only his third start. There will be growing pains for Reggie, but these are necessary. If Chris Creighton is to build a winner in the next few years, players like Bell will need to go through these difficult times.
  • Ryan Brumfield was pretty ineffective on Saturday. Meanwhile, Bronson Hill had 1 carry for 4 yards, and 1 reception for 34 yards and a touchdown. Something is not right here. On a day when the team can only muster 14 points, how can you justify two touches for Bronson? It. Makes. No. Sense.

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EMU at Massachusetts open thread

October 18, 2014

Game day!

It’s too late to make the 12-hour drive from Michigan to Massachusetts, but there are some flights leaving Detroit Metro around 9 AM that will get you to Boston’s Logan International Airport in time to make the game.

While you’ve got a few minutes this morning, and before you get too far into consuming your beverage of choice, go ahead and review all our coverage for this game: Know Your Foe, the EMU depth chart, and the game preview. Speaking of beverage of choice, if you’re looking to celebrate EMU’s first-ever game against the Minutemen with a New England brew, I recently tried Smuttynose Robust Porter and found it quite good. Read more…

Depth chart for EMU at Massachusetts

October 17, 2014

Here’s the expected depth chart for EMU at Massachusetts.

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EMU vs. Massachusetts Preview

October 17, 2014

This Saturday’s game between Eastern Michigan and Massachusetts is a surprisingly meaningful game for both teams. They do have a combined record of 3-10, but both programs feel better days are just around the corner. Whichever team wins will have put together back-to-back wins, a milestone achievement for both programs given their dismal recent performance.

UMass has had some truly heartbreaking defeats this season. They fell just short against Colorado and Vanderbilt, losing by three points to both. Yes, these are two wretched teams, but they are both Power 5 conference members and when was the last time EMU lost to a P5 team by three points?

Along with their close losses to CU and Vandy, UMass forgot that in football there are four quarters, and completely gave away a game to the Miami Redhawks. Last week, UMass emphatically stamped out a 40-17 win over Kent State for their first victory of the season, and with EMU coming to town, the 1-6 Minutemen probably feel like they can add to the momentum with a win over the Eagles.

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MAC Blogger Roundtable, week 8

October 16, 2014

MAC Blogger Roundtable imageIt’s time for the MAC Blogger Roundtable. Each week one of the bloggers covering the MAC (links are on the right sidebar) poses several questions, to be answered by the others. This week’s host is the Ball State blog Over the Pylon.

1. The dominant story this week in college football has been the autographs for potential profits from Jameis Winston or Todd Gurley. Who on your team would command the highest price for their signature, and what would it be worth to you?

The real question is who at EMU would command any price for an autograph. I’ve got to say probably no one, but there is this…

So maybe Owen Dubiel’s signature could command a couple bucks. Read more…

Eagle Totem Roundtable – Week 8

October 16, 2014
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Week 8 of the Eagle Totem Roundtable

Because I have to include a picture

Obligatory picture on my part

1. We’ve reached the halfway point of the season, what are some aspects of the current team that you like and dislike?

Carter – I feel like we’re still seeing a team very much in progress. How else to explain the fluctuation within the last two games? I’m happy with the aggression, the improved (and still improving) play calling, the punting and punt coverage, and about half the defense (d-line and linebackers). I’m less sanguine about some of the personnel issues we’ve seen, such as the handling of the quarterback situation and the apparent refusal to give carries to Bronson Hill.

Jeremy –  I really like the way the defense has played. Yes, they’ve given up their share of big plays, but those seem to have been reduced from last year. I especially like how they’ve responded to the loss of Ike Spearman, arguably their best defensive player last season. The defense has created an identity around Pat O’Connor and Anthony Zappone that has been fun to watch. On the negative side, the offense, aside from the last 2 1/2 quarters of the Buffalo game has been disappointing. We’ll have to see if they can continue the productive play before I declare the offense successful.

KenI’ll start with the negative part first. The offense seemed inconsistent until about the middle of the 2nd quarter on Saturday. I’m not sure if putting Bell in was the spark or something else but they finally started to click after that. I didn’t think this offense was that bad to being the season. You had one decent quarterback in Roback, one probably decent in Bell and one unknown in Bolden (but assumed to be good). With a few sparks, the passing game seemed atrocious and the running game seemed non-existent. Hopefully, they will continue with the brilliance shown on Saturday. For the most part, I’ve liked the defense so far. They’ve give up a bunch of points but much of that seems to be because they’ve been put in difficult situations by the offense (I did my analysis of that after the State game). It seems like they’ve been pretty cohesive and it seems like they are starting to gel.

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2014 opponent watch, week 7

October 15, 2014

EMU’s opponents went 5-6 over the weekend, with one bye, though four future opponents faced each other.

Team W L Total % Conf W L Conf % Last Next SagP
Morgan State 3 3 50% MEAC 2 1 67% Bye (won 24-9 at Florida A&M) 10/18 at North Carolina Central 40.12
Florida 3 2 60% SEC 2 2 50% Lost 30-27 vs LSU 10/18 vs Missouri 83.23
Old Dominion 3 4 43% Conference USA 1 3 25% Lost 42-35 at Texas-El Paso Bye (10/25 at Western Kentucky) 53.64
#8 Michigan State 5 1 83% B1G 2 0 100% Won 45-31 at Purdue 10/18 at Indiana 84.83
Akron 4 2 67% MAC 2 0 100% Won 29-19 vs Miami 10/18 at Ohio 64.82
Buffalo 3 4 43% MAC 1 2 33% Lost 37-27 at EMU Bye (10/25 vs Central Michigan) 55.09
Massachusetts 1 6 14% MAC 1 2 33% Won 40-17 at Kent State 10/18 vs EMU 54.37
Northern Illinois 4 2 67% MAC 1 1 50% Lost 34-17 vs Central Michigan 10/18 vs Miami 63.82
Central Michigan 4 3 57% MAC 2 1 67% Won 34-17 at Northern Illinois 10/18 vs Ball State 62.30
Western Michigan 3 3 50% MAC 1 1 50% Won 42-38 at Ball State 10/18 at Bowling Green 62.91
Ball State 1 5 17% MAC 0 2 0% Lost 42-38 vs Western Michigan 10/18 at Central Michigan 59.27
Toledo 4 3 57% MAC 3 0 100% Lost 37-30 at Iowa State Bye (10/25 vs Massachusetts) 67.46
Total 38 38 50% 18 15 55%
Past 21 16 57% 10 8 56%
Upcoming 17 22 44% 8 7 53%

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Wallpaper Wednesday – Three For the Price of One

October 15, 2014

I had a tough time picking a wallpaper for this week.  I wanted to use a picture from the game on Saturday, but I couldn’t decide on which one.  Two of these pictures represent key moments in the game and one just represents an awesome picture in my mind.

For me, the first key moment in the game was the goal line stand that Eastern made towards the end of the Second Quarter.   Buffalo managed to get the ball down to the one yard line and it looked like they were going to punch it in for the touchdown.  I think if that happened, the game would have had a different result. On the first play, Eastern managed to stuff them for no gain.  On the next play, Anthony Zappone managed to work his way into the backfield and pushed Buffalo back for one yard.   Since Zappone was named defensive player of the week, I figured that I would use that one.

The next moment, was when Reggie Bell managed to break free and score his first college touchdown.  I think that provided the spark the offense needed because Eastern didn’t look back after that moment.

The awesome picture was one of the Eastern Michigan players holding up two fingers after Ryan Brumfield’s touchdown.

So with these pictures, we can savor in the moment.