Eastern Michigan Eagles Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

Eastern Michigan College Football Preview 2022: Team breakdown, season prediction, keys to the campaign, and what you need to know

Eastern Michigan Eagles Preview 2022: Previewing, predicting, and looking ahead to the Eastern Michigan season with what you need to know and keys to the season.


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Eastern Michigan Eagles Preview
Head Coach: Chris Creighton, 9th year at EMU, 37-57
26th year overall, 176-103, 2021 Preview
2021 Record: Overall: 7-6, Conference: 4-4
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Eastern Michigan Eagles Preview 2022

Eastern Michigan needs to be graded on a curve.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, head coach Chris Creighton and the program won’t hear about anything other than winning seasons, MAC Championships, and bowl games being the norm, but it wasn’t all that long ago when the bar was set at not getting totally annihilated.

No, Eastern Michigan hasn’t won a bowl game under Creighton – the program is 1-5 all-time – but he has accounted for four of the six appearances.

Really, how bad was Eastern Michigan? From 1996 to 2015 the program only won more than four games once.

Now, after eight years under Creighton, this might be his best team yet with a ton of talent returning on offense, a whole lot happening up front on defense, and with a bowl game now a formality if everything goes right. That starts with …

Eastern Michigan Eagles Preview 2022: Offense

The offense needs some work. Overall it wasn’t bad – it averaged 30 points and 381 yards per game – but there wasn’t any running game to speak of and the passing attack wasn’t consistent enough. Fortunately, the attack is loaded with experience and potential upgrades. The big question though is …

Quarterback – one has to emerge and take the gig. Ben Bryant went back to Cincinnati, Preston Hutchinson left for Chattanooga, and Austin Smith is the lone holdover with every shot to make the job his. However, Cam’Ron McCoy is an interesting prospect from Cincinnati, and former Missouri Tiger and Troy Trojan Taylor Powell is like the best option.

The receiving corps has the parts no matter who the main man at QB is. 5-8 Hassan Beydoun led the team with 97 catches for 1,015 yards and four scores, and Dylan Grumman helped with 64 grabs. Outside of tight end, just about everyone of note is back.

The top four offensive linemen are expected to be back around First Team All-MAC guard Sidy Sow and Second Team All-MAC performers Brian Dooley at one tackle spot. Now they need to do more for a ground game that averaged 119 yards per game and 3.4 yards per carry.

The rushing attack might not have been amazing when now-departed Jawon Hamilton wasn’t rumbling, but former Iowa transfer Samson Evans barreled for 13 touchdowns and Darius Boone Jr. was second on the team with 451 yards and six scores.

Eastern Michigan Eagles Preview 2022: Defense

The defense didn’t do enough on third downs, there weren’t any tackles for loss, and overall it allowed 436 yards and 30 points per game. There’s hope, though, with an experience defensive front and help from the transfer portal for the linebacking corps.

Tariq Spikes led the team with 90 stops in the middle of the linebacking corps, but he needs help around him in the 4-2-5 with Terry Myrick gone. Boston College transfer Joe Sparacio should be a factor.

The line has a good veterans in Alex Merritt, but hybrid end Jose Ramirez is the most important playmaker of the bunch with a team high 12 tackles for loss and 6.5 tackles for loss for a team that didn’t have a whole lot of big plays behind the line.

The secondary will get the most attention through fall camp. There aren’t a slew of big-time playmakers returning, but Kempton Shine is a good-tackling corner and safety Blake Bogan made 45 stops.

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College Football Rankings, Season Predictions: MAC Spring Version 2022

MAC college football rankings and predictions with realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis – the 2022 spring version.

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It’s the MAC. It’s the conference where worst-to-first is the norm, with 2020 winless Northern Illinois winning the MAC championship in 2021, everyone can beat anyone else, and Toledo will end up somewhere in the middle of it all.

It’s about as settled as the league has been in a long time with the strength still in the West, Buffalo about to be better in the East, and with Akron and Bowling Green still questionable.

Again, though, it’s the MAC. The Zips or Falcons could end up in Detroit in January playing for the title.

The rankings are based on how good the teams should be and not the final projected records. Keeping in mind that this all could/might/will change when we make the final calls in August …

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Liberty vs Eastern Michigan: LendingTree Bowl Prediction, Game Preview

Liberty vs Eastern Michigan: LendingTree Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might or might not win.

Liberty vs Eastern Michigan: LendingTree Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines: Saturday, December 18


Liberty vs Eastern Michigan: LendingTree Bowl How To Watch

Date: Saturday, December 18
Game Time: 5:45 pm ET
Venue: Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
How To Watch: ESPN, Live stream on ESPN+
Records: Eastern Michigan (7-5), Liberty (7-5)

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Liberty vs Eastern Michigan LendingTree Bowl Preview

Both teams will be looking to get past rough finishes to end with something positive.

It was a massively disappointing season for a Liberty program that ripped through several ACC teams in 2020 before closing out with a victory over an unbeaten Coastal Carolina.

The 2021 version came into the year full of experience led by dynamic quarterback Malik Willis and a great running game, and it all fell flat as the season wore on.

It was a good team, but there were too many turnovers, too much inconsistency, and way too many penalties. The Flames lost their last three games by a combined score of 100-44, but the losses came against Ole Miss, Louisiana, and Army – three of the better teams on the slate.

Eastern Michigan couldn’t run, couldn’t stop the run, and like Liberty, was wildly inconsistent including losses in two of the last three games. However, unlike the Flames, there aren’t any flags – it was No. 1 in the nation in fewest penalties – and the team didn’t beat itself.

The offense had its moments and the passing game is okay, but there’s a big problem when the ground attack doesn’t work.

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Eastern Michigan vs Central Michigan Prediction, Game Preview

Eastern Michigan vs Central Michigan prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win this Friday.

Eastern Michigan vs Central Michigan prediction, game preview, how to watch: Friday, November 26


Eastern Michigan vs Central Michigan How To Watch

Date: Friday, November 26
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Kelly/Shorts Stadium, Mount Pleasant, MI
How To Watch: ESPNU
Record: Eastern Michigan (7-4), Central Michigan (7-4)
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Why Eastern Michigan Will Win

Is that really the Eastern Michigan running game?

The passing attack has been great throughout the season with the ground game along for the ride. In the stunning 22-21 win over Western Michigan two weeks ago, former UCF RB Jawon Hamilton ran for 187 yards as the team came up with a season-high 255 yards.

Central Michigan’s run D has been fine, but it gives up plenty of yards through the air. Eastern Michigan’s offense should be balanced, but …

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Why Central Michigan Will Win

The Central Michigan O has been dominant.

The 39-38 loss to Northern Illinois was the killer for MAC West title hopes, but the Chippewas have won five of their other six games since early October with 200 yards both on the ground and through the air over the last two weeks.

Eastern Michigan doesn’t generate enough consistent pressure, the defense isn’t good on third downs, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Central Michigan will close out with a bang, making a statement that it might just be the second-best team in the MAC if Northern Illinois goes on to win the MAC Championship.

Both teams are bowl eligible with solid seven-win seasons – NIU is currently the only other MAC team with seven or more wins – so the pressure is off. This is just for a little bit if in-state MAC pride.

Central Michigan’s offense will be more effective, but the Eastern Michigan passing attack will make this a whole lot of fun.

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Eastern Michigan vs Central Michigan Prediction, Lines

Central Michigan 38, Eastern Michigan 30
Line: Central Michigan -8.5, o/u: 63.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

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MAC Football Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, How To Watch: Week 12

MAC Week 12 college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings. Toledo at Ohio, Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green at Miami University, Northern Illinois at Buffalo, Central Michigan at Ball State, Kent State at Akron

MAC football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings for Week 12 of the season.


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MAC Results So Far
SU: 67-19, ATS: 47-36, Point Total: 44-39-2

Tuesday, November 16

Toledo at Ohio

7:00, ESPN+
Line: Toledo -7, o/u: 54.5

Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan

7:30, ESPN2
Line: Western Michigan -5.5, o/u: 66

Bowling Green at Miami University

8:00, ESPNU
Line: Miami University -17, o/u: 51.5

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Wednesday, November 17

Northern Illinois at Buffalo

7:00, ESPN2
Line: Northern Illinois -1.5, o/u: 62.5

Central Michigan at Ball State

7:00, ESPNU
Line: Ball State -1.5, o/u: 61

Saturday, November 20

Kent State at Akron

12:00, ESPN+
Line: Kent State -13.5, o/u: 75

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Western Michigan vs Eastern Michigan Prediction, Game Preview

Western Michigan vs Eastern Michigan prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win Tuesday night

Western Michigan vs Eastern Michigan prediction, game preview, how to watch: Tuesday, November 16


Western Michigan vs Eastern Michigan How To Watch

Date: Tuesday, November 16
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti, MI
How To Watch: ESPN2
Record: Western Michigan (6-4), Eastern Michigan (6-4)
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Why Western Michigan Will Win

Can Western Michigan finally get its season going?

Oh sure, its bowl eligible, but it needs to win this and beat Northern Illinois next week – and get a whole bunch of other stuff to happen – to have a shot at winning a piece of the MAC West title. More realistically, it needs a win to solidify one of the league’s more interesting bowls.

It’s been a rough run to come up with the same offensive performance for a few games in a row, and even last week it took something massive from the O to get by a bad Akron team.

The Broncos control the ball, the defense gets off the field, the pass rush is great, the offense is balanced enough to be unstoppable, and …

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Why Eastern Michigan Will Win

Western Michigan is 5-5 for a reason. The defense is giving up way too passing yards, it’s allowing too many drives to turn into points, and there’s a massive turnover problem with ten in the last five games.

Eastern Michigan hasn’t exactly been all that consistent, either, but the offense has found something that works.

The passing game has gone off over the last month with 325 yards or more in each of the last four games with the points coming in bunches for the MAC’s best offense in scoring and third down conversions.

Western Michigan does a whole lot of things right defensively, but the secondary doesn’t make enough big plays and it should give up over 200 yards getting off the bus.

What’s Going To Happen

Ready for weird? There’s actually a way for 3-7 Ohio to win the MAC East. It’s not going to happen, but it’s still possible if it keeps on winning. With that out of the way …

Get ready for a fun and wild shootout.

Eastern Michigan already lost to Northern Illinois so it basically needs a major miracle to get a part of a division title, but it’s bowl eligible, it’s fun, and it’s at home with a passing game that should be able to keep up with a Western Michigan offense that’s going to score and keep the pressure on for a full 60 minutes.

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Western Michigan vs Eastern Michigan Prediction, Lines

Eastern Michigan 40, Western Michigan 37
Line: Western Michigan -5.5, o/u: 66
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

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MAC Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, How To Watch: Week 11

MAC Week 11 college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings.

MAC college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings for Week 11 of the season.


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MAC Results So Far
SU: 61-18, ATS: 42-35, Point Total: 40-37-2

Tuesday, November 9

Akron at Western Michigan

7:00, CBS Sports Network
Line: Western Michigan -26, o/u: 62

Buffalo at Miami University

7:00, ESPNU
Line: Miami University -7, o/u: 57.5

Ohio at Eastern Michigan

8:00, ESPN2
Line: Eastern Michigan -6, o/u: 60.5

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Wednesday, November 10

Ball State at Northern Illinois

7:00, ESPN2
Prediction: Northern Illinois 30, Ball State 27
Line: Ball State -2.5, o/u: 62.5

Toledo at Bowling Green

7:00, CBS Sports Network
Prediction: Toledo 41, Bowling Green 24
Line: Toledo -10.5, o/u: 50.5

Kent State at Central Michigan

8:00, ESPNU
Prediction: Central Michigan 41, Kent State 37
Line: Central Michigan -2.5, o/u: 74.5

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Ohio vs Eastern Michigan Prediction, Game Preview

Ohio vs Eastern Michigan prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Tuesday night.

Ohio vs Eastern Michigan prediction, game preview, how to watch: Tuesday, November 9


Ohio vs Eastern Michigan How To Watch

Date: Tuesday, November 9
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti, MI
How To Watch: ESPN2
Record: Ohio (2-7), Eastern Michigan (6-3)
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Why Ohio Will Win

Has Ohio finally figured it out?

It’s a lost season for a totally underwhelming team, but it pushed Central Michigan, Buffalo, and Kent State hard before finally breaking through with a win over Miami University.

The team is still playing hard, the passing game is finally starting to work, and the defense …

The defense is along for the ride, and it was able to hold up just enough late last week.

Eastern Michigan’s defense doesn’t do much of anything against the run, there isn’t enough pressure in the backfield, and the offensive line isn’t anything special. The Bobcats should be able to hold up on the offensive front and control the tempo a wee bit, but …

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Why Eastern Michigan Will Win

Ohio’s defense doesn’t hold up against anyone.

It got bombed on by Miami University, it got ran on by Kent State, and it’s been way too inconsistent overall and bad at getting off the field. Eastern Michigan’s offense isn’t consistent and it can’t run, but it owns third downs with a passing attack that kicked it all into high gear.

Ben Bryant is turning into the best quarterback in the MAC – or at least in the discussion – with his third 300-yard day in five games. He’s been accurate, he’s hitting the deep passes, and the passing game should roll at will on an Ohio defense that doesn’t generate enough of a pass rush.

What’s Going To Happen

Eastern Michigan has already secured bowl eligibility, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.

A whole slew of MAC teams will get to six wins and there won’t be enough spots. The Eagles have to keep picking up wins all while staying alive in the MAC West race.

Nothing Eastern Michigan ever does it all that easy, and the defense will give up enough points to make the offensive side keep having to work, but the Eagles will make it three straight wins with yet another impressive performance from the passing game.

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Ohio vs Eastern Michigan Prediction, Lines

Eastern Michigan 41, Ohio 27
Line: Eastern Michigan -6, o/u: 60.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3.5

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Eastern Michigan vs Toledo Prediction, Game Preview

Eastern Michigan vs Toledo prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Tuesday night.

Eastern Michigan vs Toledo prediction, game preview, how to watch: Tuesday, November 2


Eastern Michigan vs Toledo How To Watch

Date: Tuesday, November 2
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Glass Bowl, Toledo, OH
How To Watch: ESPN2
Record: Eastern Michigan (5-3), Toledo (4-4)
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Why Eastern Michigan Will Win

The Eagles are going to bomb away.

They’ve found something that works in QB Ben Bryant – the former Cincinnati Bearcat – and they’re going to stick with it.

He has hit close to 75% of his passes over the last few weeks and has been around the 70% mark on the year, keeping the mistakes to a minimum and doing a great job of pushing the ball deep.

The Toledo D might be among the best in the MAC, but the secondary has started to slip a little bit. After dominating for most of the year – outside of getting hit hard by Notre Dame – the Rockets have allowed over 200 passing yards in each of the last two games.

However …

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Why Toledo Will Win

The Toledo defense continues to be terrific.

Overall, the Rocket formula should work. It gets great D, it doesn’t turn the ball over, and there’s enough happening on the ground to control the tempo of the game.

There have been some some losses over the last few weeks – close defeats to Northern Illinois and Central Michigan – but run, keep trying to run, and hope that defense can come through.

Eastern Michigan has a strong, high-powered offense thanks to the passing attack, but forget about running the ball. The Eagle O was able to grind it out early this season, but everything stalled in a big, big way over the last month.

What’s Going To Happen

It’s this simple. Can the Eastern Michigan passing game do enough to screw up Toledo’s balance and defensive style.

The Rockets are coming off their best game of the season – a stunning blowout win over Western Michigan – but if they have to get into a shootout, there’s a problem.

But Eastern Michigan is having a hard times with teams that can run.

Toledo will get to 200 yards for the first time since early October, it’ll average over five yards per pop, and the defense won’t break enough after doing a lot of bending.

Eastern Michigan vs Toledo Prediction, Lines

Toledo 31, Eastern Michigan 20
Line: Toledo -9, o/u: 53
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5

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