There is really no sugarcoating of a 73-14 score. The outcome of the game was settled in the first quarter when Michigan State jumped to a 28-0 score. For what it’s worth, here are some pictures from the game. Since Eastern didn’t give me much to work with, most of the pictures are of Sparty.
There were a few bright spots in the game. Eastern’s first touchdown looked pretty sweet. Eastern’s defense managed to get a few stops. The run game seems to need a little work though but I’ll leave the analysis to Jeremy.
I did enjoy my time down on the field at Sparty Stadium though even though the game was a drubbing.
Game day! I’m posting this early today to give everyone time to read it and then get up to East Lansing for 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 Eagle Totem Roundtable, Jeremy’s commentary on the state of Michigan State, the game preview, and the depth chart.
Here’s the expected depth chart for EMU at Michigan State.
Earlier in the week I compared MSU to another famous little brother, Genghis Khan. Today, I will stick with Spartan lore, and use a more apt analogy to describe what the EMU football team faces on Saturday.
Once a year, in the autumn, Spartan warriors would rampage through the countryside and punish a group known as the Helots. This was done to keep the Helots in line, but also to further brandish Spartan ruthlessness and cruelty. (Spartan society is a fascinating study, there was extreme brutality but they were much admired for their social order by Plato, as well as later philosophers like Jean-Jacques Rousseau).
Spartans would slaughter some Helots and then return to their normal posture, which was either making war, or as was the usual case, proclaiming their badassery with such force that no one messed with them. Like I said, a brutal society but easy to admire.
Fear not, EMU fan, for every now and then the Helots would revolt and put down a few Spartans of their own. But for the most part, it was an annual autumnal affair to have Spartans destroying Helots.
Time for week 4 of our new Eagle Totem roundtable. We need an image for this thing to make it pretty, and a snappy name wouldn’t hurt, so if you’ve got any suggestions, let us know.
1. I think we’re all agreed that, in general, we don’t like these bad mismatch games, regardless of whether EMU is the cupcake or the devourer. Does the fact that the Eagles will be facing an in-state opponent who’s agreed to come to Ypsilanti for the next meeting change that at all?
Ken: I like the fact that Michigan State has agreed to travel to the Michigan MAC schools in order to play them in their home facilities. I wish more of the larger schools would do that because then it seems less like a cynical grab for money on both teams part. Granted, they’ve set the date far enough in the future, that they aren’t really obligated to it yet but still. I generally like the games that Eastern plays against Michigan or Michigan State. It seems like they remain competitive for a little while until the depth of the bigger schools take over. Read more…
It’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 Toledo Blog, Let’s Go Rockets.
1. Three weeks into the season, discuss the biggest surprise (positive or negative) with your respective team?
To me the biggest surprise is that the offense has done so miserably little: 34 points for the season, and just six points in the last nine quarters played.
Let me share some particularly depressing numbers with you: 2.88 and 0. Read more…
Centuries ago, on the most desolate edge of the Mongolian Steppe, a boy named Temujin grew up with an older brother who incessantly bullied and harassed him. They lived in conditions where hunger was a constant companion. One day, at the age of fourteen, Temujin finally had enough. His older brother, Becktar, had stolen a fish that a near-starving Temujin had caught. Temujin approached his brother, drew his arrow, and killed him on the spot. Temujin would grow up to become Genghis Khan, Conqueror of the World.
In the current hierarchy of college football in the state of Michigan, Michigan State University sits securely at the top. The so-called little brother slew the bullying older brother after years of torment. There is no doubt that today Michigan State is the Genghis Khan of Michigan college football.
Prior to Closing the Gap, gray fields, the Factory, Embracing the Process, Harkema, Punch Cards, etc. Football was a much simpler affair for Eastern Michigan. The year was 1937 and it was decided that Eastern Michigan’s (at the time Michigan State Normal College) old gymnasium was not large enough to house its physical education program. Since the country was still in the throes of a depression and Lansing was about as generous to Eastern then as it is now, President John M. Munson turned to his friend Walter O. Briggs to support the building of a new fieldhouse. If the name Walter O. Briggs sounds familiar, then you must be a Tigers fan because it was the same guy who owned the Tigers.
Briggs Fieldhouse also served as the gateway to a 300 seat football/baseball stand which is where the Hurons played (apparently they played pretty well in this era). This field was approximately where Mark Jefferson and Strong Hall are now. The field lasted until 1956 when Briggs was renovated into classrooms and the athletics programs were moved over to Bowen Fieldhouse. It was then used by the Department of Mathematics. When I was student at Eastern, it was used as the registration hall (I’m not sure how long it was used prior to my time in that role though), we would have to pick punch cards for the classes we hoped to take. In 1989, it was renovated again and used by the Art Department for 3D design.
Once upon a time, Tyler Benz quit. Well, that’s what we’re all assuming. There’s no word as to him being kicked off of the team when Chris Creighton got hired in as our new head coach, but he also never spoke publicly spoke out about any of this. We just know that he was on the roster at one point, and he eventually wasn’t. This is Brogan Roback’s offense, nay? Nay. This is nobody’s offense until somebody steps up. Roback started last week at Old Dominion. Could we see a third player try the starting quarterback role against Michigan State?
Being the first true freshman to start at Penn State for the first time in 100 years, then transferring to LSU as a wide receiver and not play, Rob Bolden came to Eastern Michigan on his final year of eligibility. He wasn’t automatically granted the starting position like many assumed he would’ve gotten, but there’s reason enough to think that he could get that opportunity this weekend against Michigan State.
For all the hype that’s been built up over the offseason, let’s put something into perspective heading into our fourth game of the season now: we have more kick return yards than we do passing yards. I get that we had a tough road game against Florida, but that’s not a very good thing coming into Week 4.
Personally, nobody has impressed me at this position and that’s scary. We all imagine that Bolden will get some good playing time with Roback this Saturday in East Lansing, and if he’s going to be “the guy” the rest of the way, this might be one of his final opportunities before the window of opportunity, not the gap, closes for him and this team.
I’m from the downriver area. I graduated from Melvindale in 2010, so I was able to see some talented high school football players in the area at that time. When I found out that there would be a downriver kid coming to EMU and play as a linebacker his first year on campus, it was delightful to see that this kid would do more good than bad for this defense in years to come.
From Wyandotte, Hunter Matt is the starting Mike linebacker in the new 3-4 scheme. It’s not an overwhelmingly talented corps, and the defense isn’t great, but joined with Great Ibe (Buck), Amos Houston (Rover) and Anthony Zappone (Stud), there’s a lot of talent to make some noise there by MAC standards.
Now a junior, Matt has put on 21 pounds since coming in as a freshman, according to EMU Athletic’s website. A lot of people (me included, but I did it with craft beer and hot cheetos) put on 21 pounds in the past two years, but a lot of people aren’t 241 pounds of raw muscle, either.
My favorite quality about this kid is that he really loves playing for Eastern Michigan. He had his opportunity to transfer out and play at Wayne State like his brother did, but he didn’t. From talking to a few people that know him on a personal level, I can confidently say that Matt still wants to turn things around in Ypsilanti. The only way that can happen is if we have more guys on the team with that kind of attitude, as well as win a few football games along the way.
EMU’s opponents played a varied schedule this week, ranging from Division II Bowie State to #8 Baylor, and that’s somewhat reflected in their 5-5 record.
|Team||W||L||Total %||Conf||W||L||Conf %||Last||Next||SagP|
|Morgan State||1||2||33%||MEAC||0||0||N/A||Won 28-3 vs Bowie State||9/20 vs Howard|
|Florida||2||0||100%||SEC||1||0||100%||Won 36-30 vs Kentucky||9/20 at #3 Alabama|
|Old Dominion||2||1||67%||Conference USA||0||0||N/A||Won 17-3 vs EMU||9/20 at Rice|
|#11 Michigan State||1||1||50%||B1G||0||0||N/A||Bye (lost 46-27 at #3 Oregon)||9/20 vs EMU|
|Akron||1||1||50%||MAC||0||0||N/A||Bye (lost 21-3 at Penn State)||9/20 vs Marshall|
|Buffalo||1||2||33%||MAC||0||0||N/A||Lost 63-21 vs #8 Baylor||9/20 vs Norfolk State|
|Massachusetts||0||3||0%||MAC||0||0||N/A||Lost 34-31 at Vanderbilt||9/20 at Penn State|
|Northern Illinois||3||0||100%||MAC||0||0||N/A||Won 48-34 at UNLV||9/20 at Arkansas|
|Central Michigan||2||1||67%||MAC||0||0||N/A||Lost 40-3 vs Syracuse||9/20 at Kansas|
|Western Michigan||1||1||50%||MAC||0||0||N/A||Won 45-33 at Idaho||9/20 vs Murray State|
|Ball State||1||2||33%||MAC||0||0||N/A||Lost 27-20 vs Indiana State||9/20 at Toledo|
|Toledo||1||2||33%||MAC||0||0||N/A||Lost 58-34 at Cincinnati||9/20 vs Ball State|