Teams looking to close out the regular season strong meet when the Eastern Michigan Eagles face the Western Michigan Broncos in a MACtion rivalry matchup on Tuesday night. The Broncos (6-4, 3-3), who lead the all-time series 34-20-2, are looking for their first win in the series since 2018. The Eagles (6-4, 3-3) have won five of their last eight games, including two of three. Western Michigan, 2-2 on the road, has lost three of five overall.
Kickoff from Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti, Mich., is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET. Eastern Michigan is averaging 34 points per game this season, 26th-best in the nation, while Western Michigan averages 30.7, 50th-best. The Broncos are favored by six points in the latest Western Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 66. Before locking in any Eastern Michigan vs. Western Michigan picks or MACtion predictions, you need to see what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.
The model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $3,500 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It also enters Week 12 of the 2021 season on a 36-23 run on all top-rated college football side picks. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.
Now, the model has set its sights on Western Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan and locked in its MACtion picks and predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are the odds and college football betting lines for Eastern Michigan vs. Western Michigan:
- Western Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan spread: Western Michigan -6
- Western Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan over-under: 66 points
- Western Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan money line: Western Michigan -230, Eastern Michigan +190
- WMU: The Broncos are 5-1-1 against the spread vs. a team with a winning record
- EMU: The Eagles are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games following an ATS loss
Why Eastern Michigan can cover
The Eagles defense is led by a pair of linebackers in junior Tariq Speights and senior Terry Myrick. Speights has a team-high 65 tackles, including 11 solo, with one sack for nine yards and two pass breakups. He's had two double-digit tackle performances, including a 13-tackle game against Ball State on Oct. 16. He had 12 tackles at Northern Illinois on Oct. 2. In three seasons at Eastern Michigan, Speights has 130 tackles, including 40 solo, with one sack, one forced fumble and two pass breakups.
Myrick has also made his presence felt with 60 tackles, including 27 solo, and one sack for five yards and two pass breakups. Last Tuesday against Ohio, he registered a season-high 12 tackles, including two solo. A week earlier at Toledo, he made nine stops, including two solo, with a fumble recovery. In five seasons at Eastern Michigan, he has registered 236 tackles, including 96 solo, with five sacks, five pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
Why Western Michigan can cover
Like the Eagles, the Broncos also have an explosive rushing attack. Sophomore running back Sean Tyler leads the team in rushing yards with 837 on 137 carries (6.1 average) and has scored seven touchdowns. Tyler has scored at least one touchdown in each of his last four games. In last week's win over Akron, Tyler carried 16 times for 147 yards (9.2 average) and a score. His best game was a 17-carry, 169-yard and one touchdown effort against Kent State on Oct. 16.
Also tearing up opposing defenses is junior running back La'Darius Jefferson. He has a team-high 10 touchdowns on 163 carries for 680 yards (4.2 average). He carried 19 times for 99 yards (5.2 average) against Akron. His best game was on Sept. 11 against Illinois State when he rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.
How to make Eastern Michigan vs. Western Michigan picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, projecting 74 combined points. It also has generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only get the model's picks at SportsLine.
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