Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Eastern Michigan season – and what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Eastern Michigan Eagles
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– EMU Previews 2017 | 2016 | 2015
If it’s possible to have a good, promising 5-7 season, Eastern Michigan did it. And now it’s time to build.
Among the nation’s most woeful college football programs for a long, long, long time, Eastern Michigan became the annual free space game for MAC teams, and a layup of a paycheck date for everyone in non-conference play.
Head coach Chris Creighton has only gone 15-34 in his four seasons in Ypsilanti, but he managed to get the Eagles to a bowl for the first time in decades with a strong 2016 season, and last year, he and EMU were brutally, achingly close to coming up with something special.
The Eagles went 5-7, but they couldn’t close, losing six games all by seven points or fewer, and were in the 42-30 shootout against Central Michigan before letting it get away.
In all, nine games were decided by a touchdown or less. But again, merely being competitive is still a relatively new thing for Eastern Michigan football. Instead of hoping to be just mediocre, now the program is able to realistically expect wins.
This year’s team has the potential to do more than just win more of those tight games; it should be strong enough to demand nothing less than a bowl game and provide a good fight in the MAC West.
The defense will be among the league’s best, Iowa grad transfer Tyler Wiegers is a huge fill-in at quarterback, and the culture has changed.
Is EMU close to being a MAC powerhouse? It’s not far off – if it wins all the 50/50 games, this might just be the league’s big thing in 2018.