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Central Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan 11/27/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Central Michigan visits Eastern Michigan on 11/27/2020 at 4:00PM.

Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan face off in an important game for both teams as every game in this shortened season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. Central Michigan has a record of 2-1 this season. Eastern Michigan is 0-3 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Central Michigan Team Defense Preview

Central Michigan has had 37 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 4.73 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Central Michigan is not a team that allows many plays per drive. This defense either gives up big plays quickly or induces a lot of three-and-outs, we shall find out more. Opponents face third and long situations a lot against this defense. This is a defense that forces opponents to commit penalties, have compromised offensive line play, and fail to convert on crunch possessions. Passing plays make up 41.14% of their opponents’ play calls.Their opponents favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Central Michigan opponents have struggled with running the ball and this defense has crushed the spirits of their opponents with zero or negative yard plays. 4th and Short is not a cake walk against this defense, maybe passing on 4th and Short or having some sort of RPO is the way to go here because if an Offensive Coordinator thinks that they can just line and run a Quarterback Sneak or hand it off to a tailback, they are mistaken. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 2.35 yards per carry. Opponent offensive lines have been simply unable to support their running games against this defense. This is also a team that is allowing running backs and quarterbacks to get to the second-level in an average fashion. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to give up big rushing plays.

This is not a disruptive Defense and they get pushed over way too easily. Perhaps they are too vanilla with playcalling. Getting more granual into the front seven and their ability to cause trouble, they are just average in this regard. Central Michigan is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

Central Michigan Team Offense Preview

Central Michigan has had 39 total drives this season and they generate 4.9 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Central Michigan is not a team that runs many plays per drive. The offense is either prone to faltering and struggles to notch first downs or extremely explosive, we will need to find out a bit more to get answers. Struggles to get ahead of the chains and convert on third and fourth down are common, the offense can stagnate. Passing plays make up 44.50% of their play calls.They favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Move the pile forward, falling forward, making progress, ensuring north-south running, smart Quarterback reads, well-adjusted alignments to ensure leverage, and an offensive line that is getting a great push forward are cornerstones of this offense. How effective is the offensive line given what we know about their ability to prevent negative yards on rushing plays? More than you think, thanks to the Adjusted Line Yards metric. Central Michigan can take credit for 2.65 yards per carry. So what does this mean? It means that the offensive line has been incredibly disappointing in their contribution to the ground game. When it comes to getting to that second level where linebackers have not crashed down on the line of scrimmage, they are getting stopped with ease. They are capable of busting out a long run, which is really good when the team has the ball in their own territory.

Defenses have had trouble making big, disruptive plays against Central Michigan this season. Front sevens are causing an average amount of trouble for the Offense. Central Michigan has shown themselves to be a better running team than passing team this season.

Eastern Michigan Team Defense Preview

Eastern Michigan has had 34 total defensive drives this season and they yield 6.09 plays per drive. The struggle is real. Eastern Michigan cannot find a way to get opposing offenses off the field. Three and outs are not common and if the team needs a three-and-out late in a game to get the ball back, it is just not happening.Offensives should lick their lips given their inability to stop anyone, this is one of the worst defenses in the country. The Defensive Coordinator coaching search threads on Eastern Michigan message boards are flights of fantasy. Eastern Michigan opponents pass the football 41.06% of the time.Their opponents favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

This is a pushover defense. There is not enough push from the Defensive Line and not enough imagination from the Defensive Coordinator to cause chaos in the backfield.Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 3.38 yards per carry. Sorry to say this about this front seven, but the best way to make an average offensive line look good is for them to face this horrid front seven. This is a team that is getting gashed too much for the tastes of their base. Linebackers are not stopping the bleeding well enough. Opponents have shown a relatively average level of explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play against them.

This is not a disruptive Defense and they get pushed over way too easily. Perhaps they are too vanilla with playcalling. This front seven is simply unable to make an impact, something must change or else the problems will repeat. Eastern Michigan has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

Eastern Michigan Team Offense Preview

Eastern Michigan has had 33 total drives this season and they generate 5.06 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Eastern Michigan is not a team that runs many plays per drive. The offense is either prone to faltering and struggles to notch first downs or extremely explosive, we will need to find out a bit more to get answers. Eastern Michigan is an average offense when it comes to staying ahead of the chains, getting into 3rd and Short scenarios, and converting on 3rd and 4th Down. Eastern Michigan passes the football 50.90% of the time.Relatively speaking, this is a team that favors run/pass balance.

Eastern Michigan is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to avoid negative yardage plays on the ground. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 2.54 yards per carry. So what does this mean? It means that the offensive line has been incredibly disappointing in their contribution to the ground game. When it comes to getting to that second level where linebackers have not crashed down on the line of scrimmage, they are getting stopped with ease. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to bust out big rushing plays.

Defenses have been able to impose their will on the Eastern Michigan Offense this season. Front sevens are causing an average amount of trouble for the Offense. Eastern Michigan is a better passing team than running team this season.

The Central Michigan Roster

The Players to Watch for Central Michigan

Daniel Richardson QB 5-10 205

This season, Daniel Richardson has put up 596 yards and 4 touchdowns. He has thrown 1 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 139.6thus far this season. Daniel Richardson has thrown 1 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Daniel Richardson has -21.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 8.69 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 13.0 times this season, which puts him in the 48.85 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 1.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Kobe Lewis RB 5-11 208

This season, Kobe Lewis has 285 rushing yards on 60 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 5 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Kobe Lewis picked up 34 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 5 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Dallas Dixon WR 6-1 189

This season, Dallas Dixon picked up 180 yards. He caught the ball 10 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Mohamed Diallo DL 6-4 305

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Central Michigan, Mohamed Diallo has 8 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 4 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 85.32 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 31.47 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 1 fumbles this season.

Devonni Reed DB 6-0 195.0

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Central Michigan, Devonni Reed had 22 tackles which puts him in the 72.13 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 33.65 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Devonni Reed as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 39.16 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

The Eastern Michigan Roster

The Players to Watch for Eastern Michigan

Preston Hutchinson QB 6-2 203

This season, Preston Hutchinson has put up 735 yards and 7 touchdowns. He has thrown 3 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 139.1thus far this season. Preston Hutchinson has thrown 3 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Preston Hutchinson has 98.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 78.03 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 43.0 times this season, which puts him in the 82.3 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 4.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Darius Boone Jr. RB 5-11 205

This season, Darius Boone Jr. has 68 rushing yards on 9 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 0 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Darius Boone Jr. picked up 13 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 1 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Tanner Knue WR 5-11 171

This season, Tanner Knue picked up 191 yards. He caught the ball 14 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Alex Merritt DL 6-2 276

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Eastern Michigan, Alex Merritt has 13 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 2 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 68.37 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 1 times this season, which put him in the 70.17 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Korey Hernandez DB 5-11 178.0

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Eastern Michigan, Korey Hernandez had 18 tackles which puts him in the 65.01 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 33.65 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Korey Hernandez as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 39.16 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Central Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Central Michigan 37 Eastern Michigan 28

Spread Pick: Central Michigan -5.5 -110 Bookmaker
Moneyline Pick: Central Michigan -206 matchbook
Total Pick: Over 58.5 -110 WagerWeb