The Mighty Eagles of Eastern Michigan travel down to Conway, South Carolina, where they will face the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina. This will be one of seven road games that the Eagles will play in the 2019 season.
The Chanticleers enter their fourth season at the FBS level (Division 1-A for you old timers), having played in the Sun Belt Conference the last three seasons. Last year, they posted a 5-7 record.
Eastern Michigan is coming off a 7-6 record in 2018, with their last game being a bowl loss against Coastal's Sun Belt brethren Georgia Southern. Coastal Carolina lost to Georgia Southern 41-17, while Eastern Michigan almost pulled out a victory but lost via walk-off field goal. That being said, two different teams face off against each other and this is the first meeting between both of them.
Eastern Michigan returns a number of seniors to their skill positions. However, they are looking at an almost entirely new offensive line. We will see how that plays out in this game and judging by records, this should be a good tune up game for the Eagles.
Last year, the Eagles scored an average of 27 points per game while the Chanticleers gave up an average of 33 points per game. Eastern Michigan’s passing attack averaged 226 yards per game in 2018, and with Mike Glass III returning, I don’t see why there will be much of issue maintaining that. Plus he gives an added wrinkle of putting up an average of 50 yards on the ground.
Eastern Michigan’s running game will probably be led by Shaq Vann while he only averaged 53 yards per game last year, he is capable of putting up some serious numbers. Line Latu, Isaac Holder and Arthur Jackson all return as wide receivers and are capable of giving defenses fits.
The Chanticleers appear to be led by Fred Payton, who started in many of their games last year but they also have Bryce Carpenter who started in two games. Their running attack will likely be led by CJ Marable and the main target of their quarterbacks appears to be Ky’Jon Tyler.
While the defensive line for the Eagles loses quite a bit with the loss of Maxx Crosby and Jeremiah Harris, the secondary returns Vince Calhoun and Kevin McGill. Hopefully, they can maintain the giving up only 150 yards in the air per game from last year. Again, I expect a pretty aggressive defense.
I’m loath to make predictions but I will predict that if the Eagles can find their bearing, they will be flying high over South Carolina. But again, we’ll see.