The Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-4) will be looking to break the stranglehold of a four game losing streak when the team travels to West Point, NY to take on the 2-4 Army Cadets this Saturday. The Eagles have been outscored 166-51 during their four defeats and have given up over 40 points in three of the four games. Head coach Ron English must pull out all the stops against a disciplined Army team that will be looking for their third victory of the year.
Eastern Michigan has struggled to move the football consistently and is averaging 17 points per game (114th in the nation). The Eagles are ranked 84th in the country with 212.2 passing yards per game and are 99th in the nation averaging 124 rushing yards per game.
Junior quarterback Tyler Benz has completed 64.3 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and five interceptions. Benz has been pressured behind an inexperienced offensive line that has surrendered 17 sacks on the year through five games. The Eagles must protect Benz if they are to win on the road against Army.
The Eagles must try and rush the football against a suspect Army defense. The Cadets are yielding 183.6 rushing yards per game and have given up 216.8 passing yards per game.
Eastern Michigan must slow the Army rushing attack on the defensive side of the ball. The Cadets have the fourth ranked rushing offense in the nation averaging 325.5 rushing yards per game. If the Eagles are unable to slow the triple option on Saturday, they will become susceptible to the play action passing game and Army could strike for big plays. On the season, the Cadets are ranked 123rd in passing offense averaging 71.5 passing yards per game.
The game could come down to which team can create turnovers. Eastern Michigan is a -4 in turnover margin and Army is a +2 in turnover margin.
Game time is set for 12:00 pm at Army on the CBS Sports Network.
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