Eastern Michigan at Kentucky NCAA Football Picks & Predictions 9/7/2019
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Kroger Field is the site where Terry Wilson and the Kentucky Wildcats will play the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Saturday. The spread on this game has Kentucky as 14.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 53.
The last time they took the field, the Eastern Michigan Eagles went up against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and earned the win by a score of 30-23. Shaq Vann led the team in rushing in this contest. He tore off a long run of 13 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He racked up a total of 84 yards on 22 carries which means he ran for an average of 3.8 yards per run. Dylan Drummond was the receiving yardage leader with a total of 52 yards on 5 receptions. He had an average of 10.4 yards per reception in this contest. Running the show from under center for the Eagles was Mike Glass III who went 20/22 with 188 yards through the air and tossed 3 touchdowns. He walked away from this game with no interceptions.
The Eagles come into this game with a record of 1-0 for 2019. In terms of scoring, they are one of the marginal teams in the country with an average of 30 points per contest, ranking them 69th in Division 1. As a unit, they have an average of 103 rushing yards per game which is 7th in the Mid-American Conference. For total yardage, they currently sit at 9th in the Mid-American Conference and 108th in Division 1 with 291 yards. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, the Eagles have compiled a total of 3 passing TDs and 1 rushing TD. This team is one of the more average teams in terms of scoring in the Mid-American Conference and I wouldn't expect things to change too much in this game.
The Eagles have one of the middle tier defenses in Division 1 allowing 23 points per contest, which has them at 7th in the conference and 66th in the nation. When talking about yards rushing, Eastern Michigan is giving up 74 yards per game ranking them 4th in the conference and 31st in the country. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 2.5 yards per carry which has them at 4th in the Mid-American Conference and 38th in D-1 overall. In total, they have allowed 74 yards rushing through 1 contest. When it comes to passing yards, the Eagles have allowed 188 yards. Teams are completing 67.4% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 7.1 yards per attempt. They have allowed 2 passing TDs and 0 rushing TDs.
In their last outing, the Kentucky Wildcats went up against the Toledo Rockets and were on the winning end of this game by a score of 38-24. Leading the way at QB for the Wildcats was Terry Wilson who went 19/26 with 246 yards by way of passing and added 2 TD's. He finished the game without throwing an interception. Kavosiey Smoke paced the team on the ground for that contest. His longest run of the day went for 40 yards and he notched 1 TD for this contest. He rushed for 78 yards on 7 carries which gave him an average of 11.1 yards per carry. Lynn Bowden Jr. led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 77 yards on 6 receptions. He earned an average of 12.8 yards per catch for that contest.
The Wildcats come into this game with a record of 1-0. Kentucky has built a respectable ground game this year by averaging 176 yards per contest, putting them 65th in D-1. As a unit, they have a total of 176 rushing yards through 1 contest, so they'll look to the run game to try to keep the opponents off balance so they'll have open receivers. The Wildcats average 422 yards per game overall putting them 67th in the nation and 7th in the SEC. In discussing their scoring prowess, the Wildcats sit in 4th in the SEC and 44th out of all the teams in the country with an average of 38 points per game.
The Wildcats are allowing 24 points per game ranking them 9th in the SEC and 72nd in college football. Their passing defense is one of the elite groups in Division 1. They are giving up 166 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Wildcats sit in 8th in the conference. They have allowed 0 passing TDs in 2019. When talking about points allowed, they have given up 24 total points. In terms of yards on the ground, they are allowing 181 yards per game which puts them at 99th in D-1 and 9th in the SEC. For 2019, they have allowed 181 yards rushing and 3 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Eagles/Wildcats college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Eagles +14.5
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