Rutgers vs. Eastern Michigan Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Check out the Rutgers vs. Eastern Michigan fearless prediction and game preview.
Rutgers (0-1) vs. Eastern Michigan (1-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 9th
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, NJ
Is Eastern Michigan really that good? After a breakthrough season, it came out of the gates roaring with a terrific performance and an easy win over Charlotte.
Don’t laugh. Pre-2016 EMU loses to teams like Charlotte, even at home.
Is Rutgers really getting better, or did Washington have a bad game? The Scarlet Knights might have ended up getting blown out, but they hung around with the defending Pac-12 champs into the second half.
Win this, and with Morgan State up next, the Scarlet Knights will be 2-1 going into the Big Ten opener against Nebraska. EMU kicks off the MAC season next week against Ohio.
One Reason Why Eastern Michigan Will Win
Brogan Roback is growing into a better and better quarterback.
A veteran now. Roback came out sharp against Charlotte, completing 22-of-31 passes for 267 yards, doing a great job of spreading the ball around well.
Meanwhile, the defense did a terrific job of knocking out the 49er passing game. While the EMU D will look far, far slower and easier compared to dealing with Washington, Rutgers has to still show it can be efficient moving the chains.
The Scarlet Knights didn’t open it up when they needed to – they’re not going to be wild and crazy with the attack.
One Reason Why Rutgers Will Win
Kyle Bolin looks like the real deal.
The Scarlet Knights weren’t able to move the ball consistently, but Bolin should be able to settle down a quarterback situation that wasn’t all that great throughout last season.
Add Bolin’s consistency with the pounding of RB Gus Edwards, who did what he could with no room to move, and Rutgers should be able to move a bit on the EMU D.
What’s Going To Happen
The Rutgers defense might have had a few problems against Jake Browning and the Washington O, but that’s Jake Browning and the Washington O. The secondary, though, won its share of battles, and it’ll do a good job this week against Roback.
There won’t be anything pretty about what the Scarlet Knights will do, and and Eastern Michigan will be strong enough to hang around for a while, but the Big Ten team will play like it in the fourth quarter to pull away.
Rutgers vs. Eastern Michigan Prediction
Rutgers 34, Eastern Michigan 16
Rutgers -5, o/u: 50.5
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