Lets be honest, Eastern Michigan has not been a good football program for a while and their one win last year was on the road against Wyoming, 48-29.
The Cowboys were not great last year and bowl aspirations by the Cowboys evaporated quickly as they ended up winning only two games last year.
In 2016, both teams look to be much better with the Cowboys 2-1 as are the Eagles. Both teams lost to a Power Five team in Nebraska and Missouri.
For Wyoming, they want to get rid of last year’s result and get a win on the road in their second grip to the Midwest.
While the team does not want to look back since the 2015 season is in the past, but that does not mean the players are not motivated for this contest.
“It’s big,” said quarterback Josh Allen via Pokes Authority, “because they came here and they kind of embarrassed us. We’re a completely different team from last year. We’re both 2-1 teams right now, and they’ll be playing with some confidence. So will we, but this team works harder than anybody I know. We prepare as well as anybody I know, so come Friday night we’ll be very prepared.”
Allen started this same game last year but he did not finish it as he suffered a broken clavicle which ended his season. He gets another chance to get a win over Eastern Michigan.
One key for this game is not for Allen to get frustrated like he did in the fourth quarter against Nebraska where he did too much and had multiple interceptions which led to the lopsided score.
Wyoming really needs to get running back Brian Hill the ball early and often as he is the best player on this field. In the 2015 game his 242 rushing yards and two scores was not enough. The rushing game should be on point but the passing game of Allen throwing to Tanner Gentry and Jake Maulhardt needs to be on point if Wyoming wants to provide payback.
Eastern Michigan will be starting a new quarterback and Hustle Belt provides insight on what to expect when the Eagles have the ball:
It was announced this week that Todd Porter would get the nod at quarterback again. He has thrown for an average of 256 yards per game and thrown 6 touchdown passes. He has thrown four picks so far. I would like to see that improve. With Shaq Vann out for the rest of the season, it is time for Ian Eriksen to step up into the role of main running back. So far he has averaged almost 70 yards per game and I am hoping he can improve upon that in this game. However, it seems that Wyoming is pretty stingy against the run, only giving up 115 yards per game. I also hope Blake Banham can step up into the secondary back role.
Game day details:
Kickoff time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Television: CBS Sports Network
Streaming: With participating cable providers (check here)
Line: Wyoming is a 3.5-point favorite
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