Why Eastern Michigan Will Win The Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
– Georgia Southern is rock-solid at not turning the ball over, but Eastern Michigan is good at not screwing up, too. The passing game has given away a mere four picks – starter Tyler Wiegers threw just three – and the ten fumbles were spread out and didn’t turn out to be a big problem overall. EMU only lost the turnover battle twice – but it lost both games.
– The MAC Eagles might give the Sun Belt Eagles a taste of their own medicine. EMU can run the ball a bit, too. It’s not consistent, and it averages under four yards per carry, but when the O runs for 160 yards or more it’s 5-1. Georgia Southern has allowed more than 160 yards just twice, but it lost both games. EMU has to try pounding away from the start.
– Considering it’s an option team, Georgia Southern is just okay on third downs. It’s not bad – converting 39% of the time – but it’s not as amazing as most teams with this type of offense are. For example, Army leads the nation converting 56% of the time.
Eastern Michigan’s defense has stepped it up lately, allowing the last three teams on the slate to convert just 11-of-47 chances – Akron was stopped on all 11 of its attempts. GSU has converted 34% of the time or fewer six times.