Michigan Faces Eastern Michigan Tomorrow

By Doug Ross

The Wolverines face the Eastern Michigan Eagles tomorrow in a game that may be closer than most prognosticators think.  The Wolverines are a heavy favorite (28 points) against an underappreciated Eagles squad.  While Michigan has won each of its games, I believe there is one question mark that needs to be answered, the run defense.  Last week gained 198 yards on the ground, and if Brian Kelly didn’t ask Tommy Rees to win the game for him, Cierre Wood likely would have.
The Eagles boast two star running backs in Javonti Greene and Dominique Sherrer.  They both have over 200 yards and average over 7 yards per rush.  If they stick to their run game, they could cause Michigan fits.  If the Michigan defense has done anything well, it’s that it has forced turnovers.  However, if Eastern Michigan keeps the ball on the ground, turnover opportunities will be severely limited (granted Eastern Michigan averages 1.5 turnovers a game against middling talent).
I also fear that Michigan may over look the Eagles.  If you think about it, they are coming off arguably the most exhilarating moment in Big House history.  The first night game in Michigan Stadium, played in front of 114,000 fans, and the game was crazier than the scene.  Next week, they face off against San Diego State, Brady Hoke’s old stomping grounds.  If you couple together Michigan’s youth and the potential to look ahead, I think they will have some trouble.  On top of all of that, Michigan Stadium won’t be near a capacity crowd, which may impact the players.
You should still absolutely expect Michigan to win this game.  Their offense is too good, and Jordan Kovacs, who in my estimation is the early favorite for the Jim Thorpe award, will make enough plays for the Wolverines to prevail.  Prediction: Wolverines 34, Eagles 21.

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