Eastern Michigan vs. Monmouth fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Friday, August 31
Game Time: 6:30 pm ET
Venue: Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti, MI
Eastern Michigan (0-0) vs. Monmouth (0-0) Game Preview
Eastern Michigan has a good enough team to be far better than last season – when the team struggled in close loss after close loss in a 5-7 season – but it has a nasty enough schedule to finish with a rough run. With four road games in the next five – and all nasty – it’ll be a brutal first half of the season with a loss to the Hawks.
With a loaded offense coming off a strong 9-3 season, Monmouth is good enough to ruin the Eastern Michigan season before it gets started.
One Reason Why Monmouth Will Win
The offense is more than good enough to pull this off.
The Hawks get back ten starters to an attack that averaged close to 400 yards and 33 points per game. It’s a balanced attack that can do a little of everything right, starting with the 1-2 rushing punch of Pete Guerriero and Eric Zokouri, who each averaged over six yards per carry with 1,559 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Thumper Devell Jones is coming off an 11 touchdown season – the Hawks can move the ball on the ground behind a line that gets back four good starters. But …
One Reason Why Eastern Michigan Will Win
The EMU defense was great last year, and it’s going to be even better.
The Eagles get almost all of the top tacklers back, the pass rush should be among the MAC’s strongest, and the secondary has some killers on the corner. They’ll keep the score down and make this a bit of a slugfest at times.
However, the other side of the ball should be the bigger difference early on. Iowa transfer Tyler Wiegers has the size and talent to come out bombing against a pedestrian Hawk secondary. But if needed, EMU can pound behind a good, veteran line.
What’s Going To Happen
Monmouth might have the dangerous, experienced offense that will have a few nice moments, but there won’t be enough of them.
The Eastern Michigan defense will be fantastic after a rough first quarter, the Eagles offense will come up with a key third quarter scoring drive to pull away, and the team will have a solid overall performance against a good FCSer.