Central Michigan (3-6) at Eastern Michigan (1-8)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Rynearson Stadium (30,200) -- Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Television: None. Home Record: CMU 2-4, EMU 1-3. Away Record: CMU 1-2, EMU
0-5. Neutral Record: CMU 0-0, EMU 0-0. Conference Record: CMU 1-4, EMU 0-5.
Series Record: CMU leads, 55-28-6.
GAME NOTES: The Eastern Michigan Eagles continue to look for their first Mid-
American Conference win as they host the Central Michigan Chippewas at
Rynearson Stadium this weekend.
Central Michigan is coming off of a 42-31 loss to Western Michigan. The
setback was the fifth in six games for the Chippewas, who still have a slim
chance of becoming bowl eligible. CMU needs to win out to finish .500 and
possibly earn an invite to a bowl game. Dan Enos and his team did pick up a
promising road victory earlier in the season over Iowa (32-31), but lost its
next two versus MAC rivals Northern Illinois (55-24) and Toledo (50-35).
The Eagles were on the losing end of routs at Bowling Green (24-3) and Ohio
(45-14) during their two-game road trip. The losses dropped EMU to 1-8 overall
and 0-5 in MAC action. Coach Ron Washington has a very young team on his hands
as 44 percent of his team's points this season are by sophomores.
This will be the 90th meeting between these in-state rivals in history. The
Chippewas hold a 55-28-6 edge in the all-time series. EMU has won five of the
last eight encounters including a 35-28 decision in last season's encounter.
CMU's offense has averages of 399.6 yards and 27.2 points per contest through
its first nine games. Senior quarterback Ryan Radcliff is the team's field
general. Although he has not attempted as many passes as when he was a junior,
Radcliff's decision making has been the difference as he has improved his
completion rate nearly three percentage points. He has amassed 2,281 yards and
16 touchdowns on 180-of-302 passing. Radcliff is coming off of a season-high
383-passing yard performance against Western Michigan.
Junior running back Zurlon Tipton is the main threat in the Chippewas'
offensive attack. He was productive yet again last week, compiling 112 yards
and scoring on two of his 22 rushing attempts. Tipton is averaging 8.7 points
per game, which is the sixth best rate in the MAC.
Titus Davis and Cody Wilson are both consistent threats in the passing attack.
Wilson has tallied a team-high of 55 receptions for 644 yards. Davis comes in
with 831 yards, eight catches for scores, and 40 receptions. Wilson has made a
catch in 39 consecutive games, which is the third longest active streak in the
CMU is one of the weakest defensive squads in the FBS with allowed averages of
458.8 yards and 36.9 points per game. The Chippewas has allowed each of their
previous two opponents to pass for 350 yards or more. The team has no real
threatening pass rushers and has a total of eight sacks with Jahleel Addae's
1.5 serving as a team-high.
Sophomore LB Justin Cherocci leads the team with 96 total tackles after
registering 12 versus WMU. Junior LB Shamari Benton is close behind with 84
Through its first five games, EMU managed only 263 yards and 15.4 points per
game. The struggles seemed to be over as the Eagles have tallied 95 points and
1,191 yards over their next two games, but Bowling Green and Ohio University
shut down in each of their past two outings. The Falcons limited EMU to only
178 yards and three points before the Bobcats held it to 305 yards and 14
Bronson Hill is the x-factor on the offensive unit and produced a two-game
outburst to spark the Eagles' offense. Hill had never rushed the ball more
than four times in a game in his career before compiling 283 yards and four
touchdowns on 28 rushes against Toledo. The sophomore has surpassed the
century mark on the ground in three of his past four games.
After registering back-to-back 300-yard passing games, Tyler Benz went 20-
of-45 for 252 yards with one TD to two interceptions in his last two outings.
The junior quarterback really makes a difference when he gets into a rhythm,
which has happened more often since Hill's arrival in the offensive scheme.
Garrett Hoskins is the primary weapon in EMU's passing attack. His season
totals of 32 receptions and 486 yards are more than double the combined
statistics of the team's second and third leading receivers.
The Eagles' defense has struggled all season long, surrendering 498.4 yards
and 38.3 points per game. The biggest concern for coach English has to be the
rush defense, which ranks last in the FBS, as opponents are averaging 302.6
yards against EMU this season.
Justin Cudworth is leading the program and ranks seventh in the MAC with 73
total stops. EMU needs its defenders to start making plays to improve its
turnover margin, which is minus-0.56 per game.
With both defenses serving up points and yards to opponents, this one should
be a shootout. CMU has a more reliable passer under center, but Hill may be
able to motor the Eagles their first MAC win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Eastern Michigan 42, Central Michigan 38
11/07 10:41:24 ET