Eastern Michigan Eagles (2-3) at Army Black Knights (4-2)
- Start Time: 12:00 PM EST
- Location: Michie Stadium, West Point, NY
- TV: CBSSN
- Streaming: Here
- Weather: 65 at kickoff with a 15% chance of rain
- Line: Army -5, FPI: Army 79.4% chance to win, O/U 47.5
Army is coming off an impressive win against Rice on the road. Don’t get me wrong, I expected to Army win big but I didn’t see them forcing six turnovers and four in four possessions.
— Army WP Football (@ArmyWP_Football) October 8, 2017
I also was waiting for sophomore slotback Kell Walker to show people what he’s capable of doing and he did that just that- rushing for 127 yards and three touchdowns on just ten carries. I’ve known and so has any die-hard Army fan, that Walker is capable of this, he just needed to have a coming out party and the Owls served as that party.
The Army defense has been pretty good this season, only giving up 19.2 points per game, but QB Brogan Roback and the Eagles pose a threat to the weakened secondary of Army.
The Black Knights have a born leader under center in Ahmad Bradshaw and he hasn’t disappointed this season. He is 14th in the nation in rushing yards with 647. Aside from leading the team in rushing, Bradshaw very rarely makes the wrong reads when running the triple option. When you have a QB making the reads he does, it is quite easy to put up 32.2 points per game like Army does.
A win here and the Black Knights are almost certainly going to a bowl game- only needing one win in five games. Which would put Army in a bowl game back to back years for the first time since 1984-85. I don’t think it can be said enough that Jeff Monken turned this program around, the Black Knights aren’t a pushover anymore, he’s building a winner on the Hudson River.
Eastern Michigan Overview
The Eagles started the year 2-0 but they haven’t won a game since, dropping the next three. EMU being 2-3 is really deceiving because they are far from a bad team, each loss has been by no more than a touchdown. All three losses have been heartbreakers, dropping a 2OT game to Ohio, then losing to Kentucky after failing to complete a hail mary, and last week they battled back against Toledo but ended up falling short because of a late interception.
EMU has a great QB in Brogan Roback, he averages 256 yards per game and has five touchdowns on the year. Where he struggles is, he throws interceptions and untimely ones at that- in five games he has thrown six of them, that’s not horrible but you’d like to see more touchdown passes than interceptions. One came on the last play of the Kentucky game and another one came against Toldeo to ice the game for the Rockets.
Roback has a big weapon to go along with him as well, Sergio Bailey II, who made the F5 Preseason All-MAC team, is the Eagles best wideout and leads the team receiving yards and is tied for the lead in touchdowns. He is no doubt Roback’s favorite target, Bailey has 161 more yards than any other receiver on the team.
The Eagles defense has given up 18.2 points per game and has a good run defense- only giving up 129.6 yards per game. They have the power to stop the Black Knights, which not too many teams have been able to do.
This will be a good game and a defensive battle, the first to 21 points might just win the game. Both teams have stingy defenses and both will come to play.
EMU needs this game, they cannot afford to drop four games in a row with a tough game against Western Michigan next week. They will come out desperate, Army will have to survive storm.
Army will win this game and be one win from bowl eligibility going into a home game against Temple. Roback will throw a costly interception late in the game to clinch the game for the Black Knights.
Army 21- EMU 17