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How and what to watch for Central Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan

After losing by eight points in a high-scoring affair against Western Michigan last week, Central Michigan seeks revenge against Eastern Michigan.

Central Michigan Chippewas head coach Jim McElwain reacts in the fourth quarter against the San Diego State Aztecs during the New Mexico Bowl at Dreamstyle Stadium. San Diego State defeated Central Michigan 48-11. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Central Michigan Chippewas will be trying to keep pace with the top teams in the MAC when they face the winless Eastern Michigan Eagles Friday at 4:00 p.m. ET.

The Chippewas (2-1) are coming into this week’s MACtion contest off of a high-scoring 52-44 loss last week to Western Michigan. CMU got impressive performances from running backs Kobe Lewis and Kalil Pimpleton. Lewis led CMU in rushing with 114 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns, while Pimpleton pitched in with 108 yards on seven carries and three touchdowns.

However, CMU’s defense could not slow down the Broncos’ offense, which was putting up yards through the air and on the ground. WMU quarterback Kaleb Eleby was an efficient 12-of-20 for 382 yards, five touchdowns, and an interception. On the ground La’Darius Jefferson led both teams in rushing with 150 yards on 33 carries. As a team, Western Michigan rushed for 246 yards.

As for Eastern Michigan, they lost last week to the Toledo Rockets 45-28 at home. EMU’s defense struggled in both phases allowing the Rockets’ quarterbacks to pass for four touchdowns and running back Bryant Koback to rush for 149 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown.

The Eagles’ run defense will need to be better on Friday as they are giving up 235.7 yards per game this season. Offensively, quarterback Preston Hutchinson tried to keep his team in the game, and was 25-of-38 for 244 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception. This season Hutchison is not only the team’s leading passer but rusher with 98 yards and four touchdowns.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Central Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan on Friday, November 27th at 4:00 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network, or you can stream it via the CBS Sports app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Central Michigan (-7) vs. Eastern Michigan
Point Total: 59
Money line: Central Michigan (-278) vs. Eastern Michigan (+200)

  • Dating back to 2019, Central Michigan has a record of 10-4-1 against the spread and 8-4 straight up.
  • The point total went over in nine of Central Michigan’s last 12 games.
  • As for the Eagles, they have a record of 5-2 against the spread and are winless (0-5) straight up.
  • The point total went over in seven of Eastern Michigan’s last nine games.

Betting splits

Central Michigan: (78% of handle, 80% percent of bets)
Eastern Michigan: (22% of handle, 20% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

We have some Friday afternoon MACtion between CMU and EMU, which could be high scoring as both defense give up a lot of points. However, what will be the deciding factor is if the Eagles’ defense can slow down the Chippewas’ rushing attack. This season, EMU’s defense is giving up 45 points and 191 rushing per game at home, while CMU’s offense is pretty explosive on the road. The Chippewas are scoring 40 points and rushing for 237 yards per game.

Pick: Central Michigan (-7)

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