Here’s the expected depth chart for EMU versus Northern Illinois.
Recently, when Eastern Michigan and Northern Illinois battle in football, the outcome is horrific for EMU. Over the last five years, the average score of an EMU/NIU football game is 49-10 in favor of the Huskies. Considering that in 2011, EMU went to DeKalb and gave NIU a pretty good fight, losing 18-12, the score isn’t even that close. Without that game, the average score is 57-9. Ugly, to say the least.
Is it wrong to think this year’s team has an opportunity, if not to win but to at least battle the Huskies in an entertaining football game?
Last week, NIU bounced back from a difficult loss at home to Central Michigan with a 51-41 win over Miami. This may not be the same Husky team that so thoroughly dominated the MAC West the past two years, but make no mistake, this game is a tall order for Chris Creighton’s EMU squad.
Two weeks ago, at home against Buffalo, EMU proved they were capable of playing some pretty solid football. Last week, at UMass, EMU reverted back to their old ways. Who are they? The scrappy, cohesive bunch that played so well against Buffalo, or the listless group from last week?
In their reminder about the new charge for parking, EMU shared the attached image. I thought this was worth sharing, not because of any great insight it provides about parking or traffic control, but for something a little more subtle. The structure formally known as the “Multi-Purpose Air-Supported Indoor Facility” (really) is finally being called “The Bubble”, a nickname we started using here even before it opened.
Time for week 9 of our Eagle Totem roundtable. This week, hosted by Jeremy…
See Ken! I can post pictures too! Not quite as good as yours, but it is an eagle and a round table. Questions and replies after the jump…
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|
- 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.
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…
Here’s the expected depth chart for EMU at Massachusetts.
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.