The Eastern Michigan Eagles are bowl eligible for consecutive seasons for the first time in program history.
After a dominating win against Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan secured their sixth win of the year to make them bowl eligible for their second straight season. Eastern has never been bowl eligible for consecutive seasons in program history, which marks a massive milestone for Chris Creighton and the EMU program.
Eastern Michigan has only played in four bowl games, out of those four bowl games, they have only come out on top once. Eastern’s last bowl win dates all the way back to 1987 when they defeated San Jose State 30-27 in the California Bowl.
Since EMU’s last bowl win, the football program has struggled to find consistency. Since 1987, EMU has had ten different coaches, including their current coach Chris Creighton. Eastern Michigan’s football program has been around since 1891, and over that time, they have only had four head coaches stay with the program for at least five years. However, Chris Creighton will complete his fifth season this year to be the fifth coach in EMU history to stay for at least five years.
Chris Creighton’s Impact on the EMU Football Program
Eastern finally having a coach passionate about their football program is enormous. Creighton has essentially made something out of nothing. Before Creighton became the head coach at Eastern, Eastern hadn’t had a winning season since 1996. Now Eastern has a chance to finish over .500 for the third time since 2016.
Chris Creighton’s first two years with Eastern Michigan were unsuccessful. Creighton started out with a 3-21 record, alongside a 1-15 record in conference play. Since then, he has taken Eastern Michigan to two bowl games, and two seasons over .500. Creighton will add another bowl game to his resume after this season and has a chance to complete his 3rd season with a record over .500.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles will face the 5-6 Kent State Golden Flashes in hopes to improve their record to 7-5.
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