Eastern Michigan Eagles vs UMass Minutemen Prediction, 9/18/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Eastern Michigan Eagles vs UMass Minutemen
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Amherst, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Minutemen (+20.5)
The UMass Minutemen (0-2) will compete against the Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-1) at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium on Saturday. UMass opens this game as 20.5-point dogs. The over/under comes in at 57.5.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles step onto the field holding a record of 1-1 for this year. In their last contest, the Eagles faced the Wisconsin Badgers and went home with a loss by a final score of 34-7. Preston Hutchinson finished 6/13 with 53 yards passing. He had a QB rating of 65.0 and ended the contest with 1 interception. Darius Boone Jr. was the rushing leader for the Eagles with 6 carries for 0 yds (0.0 yds per attempt). The Eastern Michigan Eagles ran the football 18 times and accrued 16 yards, which had them averaging 0.9 yds per attempt. On the day, they ran 38 plays which gave them 92 yards. Eastern Michigan conceded 16 pass completions on 20 attempts for a total of 166 yds, and a completion percentage of 80.0%. On the ground, the Eagles gave up 352 yards on 55 tries, which averages out to 6.4 yards per run allowed.
In terms of scoring points, the Eastern Michigan Eagles have an average of 21.0 points per outing. As a unit they are averaging 118.5 yards on the ground which is 86th in college football. The Eagles have earned 502 total yards for the year. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, Eastern Michigan has compiled 0 touchdowns through the air and 5 touchdowns via the ground. Eastern Michigan has amassed 30 first downs offensively, and they have been called for 8 penalties for 70 yds.
When it comes to passing yardage, the Eagles are giving up 353 yds which has them ranked 71st in the nation. They are conceding 176.5 yards per outing through the air in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 60.0%. Over the course of this season, they have allowed 405.0 yards/outing which puts them 117th in Division 1. They are allowing an average of 5.1 yards per rushing attempt and 228.5 rushing yards per contest on the year. For the year, they have conceded 457 yards via the ground game in 2 contests. The Eagles rank 93rd in college football concerning team defense, conceding 24.5 PPG.
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The Minutemen come into this matchup with a record of 0-2 for this year. The last time they took the field, the Minutemen took a loss by a score of 45-28 when they faced the Boston College Eagles. Brady Olson (3 TDs) ended the contest with 214 yards on 14/29 through the air while his quarterback rating was 130.6. He threw 2 picks and his average yards per attempt was 7.4. Ellis Merriweather ran the football 11 times for 56 yards, ending the contest with 5.1 yards per carry for UMass. The Minutemen finished the contest with a total of 335 yds while they ran 59 plays (5.7 yards per play). UMass rushed for 4.0 yards per carry, finishing the game with 121 yards on 30 attempts. UMass conceded 43 run attempts for 252 yds (5.9 yds per rush). The Minutemen passing defense gave up a completion percentage of 77.8%, relinquishing 221 yds on 14 out of 18 through the air.
Concerning the points being put on the board, the Minutemen are 116th in Division 1 by scoring 17.5 points per game. For the season so far, the Minutemen have thrown for 381 yards via the pass in addition to holding an average of 190.5 passing yards per contest, putting them at 73rd in Division 1. The UMass Minutemen hold an average of 272.0 yards/game, which has them ranked 100th in the country. The UMass offense has racked up 116 yds of penalties on 11 infractions, which has them sitting 73rd in college football in terms of hurting your team.
UMass has surrendered a total of 474 yards via the ground game (237.0 yards per game) as well as 8 touchdowns rushing this year. They have yielded 3 touchdowns through the air as well as 298.0 yards/game, ranking them 137th in college football. The Minutemen defense has been on the field for 147 plays, which ranks 122nd in D-1. The Minutemen are allowing 48.0 PPG, which has them sitting 140th in the nation. In total, they have conceded 96 pts.
Who will win tonight's Eagles/Minutemen college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Minutemen +20.5
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