2016-17 Football Previews – (MAC) – Eagles
Looking for 2016 Eastern Michigan predictions? Last season was about as bad as it could get for the Eagles. They managed just 1 win in 2015, but there is only room to improve this season, right? Eastern Michigan head coach Chris Creighton will be in his 3rd season here in 2016. With his back against the wall, a major improvement is vital. It’s been since 1995 that Eastern Michigan has turned in a winning season.
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2016-17 College Football Preview – Eastern Michigan Eagles
2015/16 Record: 1-11
Head Coach: Chris Creighton
Odds to win MAC: 200/1
Odds to win National Championship: Field
Win Total: 3
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While a winning season would be almost monumental for this team, just improving right now is the first step.
2016 Eastern Michigan Eagles Predictions: Team Strengths
It’s Not Your Fault
There is a lot of blame to toss around when it comes to a team winning just 1 game in a season.
However, the EMU offense wasn’t the answer, but they weren’t the issue last season. Eastern Michigan returns a majority of their offense, including their impressive offensive line.
The Eagles will have 5 seniors on the line, as they try to protect a backfield that produced 380 yards and 25.4 points per game last season.
Also returning to the offense is QB Brogan Roback.
Last year was an up and down one as he threw for 2304 yards with 16 touchdowns. Roback did throw 11 interceptions, but he has shown the potential is there to a big time QB. Look for him to have an even better season and inch closer or above that 3000 yard mark.
2016 Eastern Michigan Eagles Predictions: Team Weaknesses
The Eastern Michigan defense was an absolute disaster last season and they enter 2016 here once again with a lot of questions to deal with.
In 2015, the Eagles allowed 42.1 points per game and conceded 316.6 yards on the ground per game.
The Eagles defense typically buried their team into some bad situations early on. It’s never easy for any team to be down 14-0 or even 21-0 in the 1st quarter, which is what the EMU defense was doing to their team.
If the Eagles want to have nay more success in 2016, the defense must figure out a way to get pressure into the backfield consistently.
Pressure is on
The Eagles not having a winning record since 1995 has made them have a revolving door with coaches.
Eastern Michigan has gone 3-21 combined over the past 2 seasons and now the pressure to perform is on for them.
Head coach Chris Creighton must get better results this season or he could find himself out the door. While it’s not hard to improve from a 1 win season and just 3 wins combined over a 2 year span, but being more competitive and staying in games is the start to turning things around.
Eastern Michigan Eagles Prediction: 3-9
The Eagles have a lot of work to do.
Chris Creighton is the guy to make this program better than what it is, but he must get results this season and a 3 win season may not even be enough for him.
It’s going to start on the defensive end. This was one of the worst, if not the worst defense in the FBS last season.
With a new defensive coordinator calling the shots this season, it will be interesting to see why new scheme is brought to this team.
The Eagles should improve within conference play and have a legit shot at grabbing a couple wins against weak opponents. Things will still be difficult on this team, but they’ll have some success, especially on the offensive end this year.
2016 Eastern Michigan Eagles Football Schedule
- 9/2/16 6:00 PM ET MVSU
- 9/10/16 7:30 PM ET @MIZZ
- 9/17/16 6:00 PM ET @CHAR
- 9/23/16 7:30 PM ET WYO
- 10/1/16 3:00 PM ET @BGSU
- 10/8/16 3:00 PM ET TOL
- 10/15/16 TBD @OHIO
- 10/22/16 TBD @WMU
- 10/29/16 TBD M-OH
- 11/8/16 8:30 PM ET @BALL
- 11/16/16 TBD NIU
- 11/22/16 8:00 PM ET CMU
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