Eastern Michigan at Wisconsin - 9/11/21 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Wisconsin Badgers (0-1) vs Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-0)
Game Info: Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Camp Randall Stadium)
Betting Odds: Wisconsin Badgers -26 -- Over/Under: 52 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Eastern Michigan Eagles will travel to Camp Randall Stadium to take on the 18th ranked Wisconsin Badgers this Saturday night in College Football action.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles opened their season with a victory after defeating the St. Francis (PA) Red Flash, 35-15, this past Friday night. Eastern Michigan dominated St. Francis (PA) with their rushing attack and had no trouble securing the victory after a 2-yard TD run by Jawon Hamilton gave the Eagles a 21-0 lead early in the 2nd quarter. Eastern Michigan outgained St. Francis (PA) by a 410-292 margin while both the Red Flash and Eagles committed two turnovers each. Offensively, Eastern Michigan was led by the RB duo of Darius Boone Jr. (22 car, 107 yards, 1 TD) & Jawon Hamilton (15 car, 64 yards, 1 TD). QB Ben Bryant (8 for 10, 126 yards) & Preston Hutchinson (7 for 12, 63 yards, 1 INT) split time at QB for the Eagles. The leading receivers for the Eagles were Hassan Beydoun (3 rec, 58 yards), Dylan Drummond (3 rec, 52 yards), & Dylan Summers (3 rec, 39 yards).
Defensively, Eastern Michigan was solid against the St. Francis (PA) passing attack as the Red Flash completed just 14 of 30 passes for 187 yards & 1 INT. Leading the way for the Eagles defense was Terry Myrick (6 tackles, 1 sack), Turan Rush (5 tackles, 1 sack), & Russell Vaden IV (1 INT).
The 18th ranked Wisconsin Badgers dropped to 0-1 on the season after being defeated by the 19th ranked Penn State Nittany Lions, 16-10, this past Saturday. Wisconsin held a 10-7 lead early into the 4th quarter, however, the Badgers offense could not fight back after a 2-yard TD run by Penn State’s Noah Cain gave the Nittany Lions the lead for good with 9:17 left in the 4th quarter. Wisconsin outgained Penn State by a 359-297 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin against the Nittany Lions. Offensively, Wisconsin was led by the RB duo of Chez Mellusi (31 car, 121 yards, 1 TD) & Isaac Guerendo (13 car, 56 yards). QB Graham Mertz completed 22 of 37 passes for 185 yards but struggled with turnovers, throwing 2 INT. The top receiving threats for the Badgers were Danny Davis III (8 rec, 99 yards) & Jake Ferguson (9 rec, 52 yards).
Defensively, Wisconsin did a nice job slowing down the Penn State rushing attack, holding them to just 50 yards on 18 carries, however, Penn State’s QB, Sean Clifford, did have a solid day through the air completing 18 of 33 passes for 247 yards & 1 TD. Leading the way for the Badgers defense was Jack Nelson (6 tackles), Jack Sanborn (5 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL), & Nick Herbig (3 tackles, 1 sack).
The Eagles are 20-5-1 ATS in their last 36 games as a road underdog, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 September games. The Badgers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. MAC opponents and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games.
Eastern Michigan picked up a nice win to start their season, however, this is still not a very good football team, and I don’t think their defense is much better than the team that allowed 36.0 ppg on 490.2 total yards last season (251.5 passing yds/g; 238.7 rushing yds/g). Wisconsin dropped a tough game against Penn State largely due to a poor offensive showing, however, the Badgers offense has plenty of talent to put up points and once again has a top-10 defense in all of College Football. Eastern Michigan has shown to be able to put up points with their spread offense, but going on the road against Wisconsin is a bigger challenge than they are used to and as I expect Wisconsin to take out some anger in this one after losing to Penn State, I think the Badgers pull away in the 2nd half and do enough to cover this large home spread. Good Luck!