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November 8, 2013
Staff Predictions: Eastern Michigan
Western Michigan heads to Ypsilanti today for the first game in the Michigan MAC series. That trophy would be one way to salvage some positives from a tough season, and it all starts with this tilt at 1-8 Eastern Michigan. BroncoBlitz.com staff predicts the outcome.
David James: Let's not beat around the bush. Eastern Michigan is a wreck right now on both offense and defense, and with head coach Ron English getting fired just a day before this game kicks off, it's hard to imagine them being in top form either.
Of course it's been a rough go all year for WMU, but they might just be trending a bit upwards on the offensive side of the ball at least, and EMU's defense has been worse all year than the UMass unit that gave up 31 to the Broncos. I don't necessarily expect WMU to exceed that point total, but I expect it would be plenty to come away on top anyway.
Don't expect EMU to come out sluggish, as it is a rivalry tilt, but I'm just not seeing an Eagles team capable of winning right now. WMU is trending possibly upwards and at least flatlining, and I'm seeing an Eagles team that's plummeting in the wrong direction.
Western Michigan 30, Eastern Michigan 17
D.J. Duckett: This is going to be a close game, with neither team able to establish itself as a favorite. Being a rivalry game, I fully expect EMU to come out with a fire and they will be ready to play come Saturday. Firing Ron English comes at an interesting time and you wonder what effect that will have on the Eagles. In the end, I think that move will prove costly, as the Broncos are able to ride out of Ypsilanti with the victory.
Western Michigan 21, Eastern Michigan 17
Brian Persky: Much has been made about this three-game stretch (UMass, EMU, and CMU) late in the season. After beginning a tough early season schedule, the Broncos are in the midst of an opportunistic stretch of games. After barely surviving on the road against UMass, they'll look to take two in a row against EMU, a program that is reeling.
There's no doubt that a victory on the road against a rival -- especially one that the Broncos have typically struggled against -- would pay dividends in creating some much-needed late-season momentum for P.J. Fleck and the WMU football program.
At this point, I think the Broncos actually come in with a much better psyche, and are trending upwards. EMU is capable of scoring some points, but the question will be whether or not WMU can repeat their effort from last week and score as many, if not more. I think Western Michigan's defense is the difference in this one and they win another close game, making it two in a row.
Western Michigan 27, Eastern Michigan 20
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