The Eastern Michigan Eagles (2-6) will welcome the Central Michigan Chippewas (5-4) to town on Staurday to renew their in-state rivalry once again.
When: Saturday, November 1, 1:00 pm/ET
Where: Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti, Michigan
TV/Live Stream: ESPn3.com
Radio: WCFX 95.3 FM and WUPS 98.5 FM.
For the Central Michigan Chippewas and head coach, Mike Enos, it’s the home stretch. With a strong finish to the season, CMU can put themselves into a strong position for a bowl bid. Respective head coaches for both squads expect this inner-state battle to be a physical altercation.
CMU head coach, Mike Enos:
“It’s going to be difficult. I’m very impressed with the physicality of their offensive line. Their quarterback (Reginald Bell) is extremely talented. He’s dangerous any time he touches the ball. And they’ve got really good running backs. … They’re a very well-coached, well-disciplined team.”
EMU head coach, Chris Creighton:
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“It looks like as a program they’re going to be a physical team offensively and defensively,” Creighton said. “You’re playing a big, strong, physical defense. Obviously (on offense) they’ve had their way with controlling the line of scrimmage.”
The Eagles have lost their last two games, falling 36-14 at UMass two weeks and 28-17 at home to Northern Illinois last week.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Reginald Bell has been a mobile threat since taking over the starting quarterback duties, rushing for a team-best 423 yards and four touchdowns on 82 carries in six games. However, he has struggled through the air as he is only 47-of-90 for 486 yards with three TDs and two INTs.
The main Central Michigan storyline coming out of Buffalo was with Titus Davis breaking the CMU record for career touchdown catches as his 29th put the Chippewas ahead in the fourth quarter.
Davis, at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, is not as tall of a threat as previous CMU record holder Bryan Anderson, but has a knack for finding the end zone on a regular basis.
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The other news following the CMU game vs. Buffalo was the injury to Chippewas starting QB, Thomas Rawls. Rawls left the game in the first quarter after taking a helmet to his knee. Rawls, who entered last week as the nation’s fifth-leading rusher, now has 1,011 yards and 10 TDs on 188 carries. He was held out of practice this week and is listed as doubtful for Saturday’s game.
Without Rawls available, Enos turned to the duo of junior Saylor Lavallii and sophomore Martez Walker at Buffalo. Lavallii had two touchdowns and 80 rushing yards, while Walker added another 57 on the ground.