Preview 2017: Does Eastern Michigan Have Staying Power?

Preview 2017: Does Eastern Michigan Have Staying Power?

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Preview 2017: Does Eastern Michigan Have Staying Power?

Preview 2017: Can Eastern Michigan continue to win?


After a shocker of a winning season, can Eastern Michigan keep it all going?


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2017 Eastern Michigan Preview: What You Need To Know
– 2017 Eastern Michigan Schedule Analysis
 Eastern Michigan Previews: 2016 | 2015

That was good. Now do it again.

From time to time, some MAC program used to nothing but pain and misery can rise up and rock in a year when everything breaks the right way, and then after a year of fun, they go back to being what they are.

In 2012, Kent State shocked the MAC world with an 11-3 season that came from out of left field. The Golden Flashes have won just 12 games over the last four years.

Akron had nine straight losing seasons before going bowling in 2015 – and then it came back with another losing campaign in 2016.

Buffalo rose up and went bowling in 2013, and then cranked out three straight losing seasons.

And then there’s Central Michigan, who was a punching bag throughout the early 2000s, came up with a breakthrough season in 2005, and turned into a MAC powerhouse for four years and, after a hiccup, have been able to maintain a decent level of success over the last several seasons.

There hasn’t been anyone more woeful than Eastern Michigan, but now that it knows what it’s like to win, the fans can be forgiven if they don’t have any interest in going back. At the very least, the Eagles have to be competitive again.

And this year, there’s no excuse not to.

Head coach Chris Creighton is going into his fourth year with the program, and now is when the program is supposed to be hitting its stride. Last year’s team was experienced and deep enough to get by, and this year’s version should be even stronger.

It’ll be impossible to replace Pat O’Connor on the defensive front, and the offensive line has to get over the loss of three starters – including all-stars Cole Gardner and Andrew Wylie – but with eight starters back on an offense with a high-powered passing attack, and eight returning to a D that was night-and-day better than one of the worst in the country in 2015, don’t expect Eastern Michigan to go back to being the automatic out everyone was used to.

Get back to a bowl, keep on building, and be in the bowl and MAC title hunt. It’s not anything Eastern Michigan is used to, but it’s not crazy to set the expectations higher now.

2017 Eastern Michigan Preview: What You Need To Know
– 2017 Eastern Michigan Schedule Analysis
 Eastern Michigan Previews: 2016 | 2015

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