The high-powered Eastern Michigan Eagles face the upset-minded Ohio Bobcats to conclude Tuesday night's MACtion schedule. The Eagles (6-3, 3-2), coming off a 52-49 win over Toledo last week, have now scored 30 or more points in three consecutive games for the first time since 2004. They have also scored 50 or more points in back-to-back games for the first time since 2008. The Bobcats (2-7, 2-3), who stunned Miami (Ohio) 35-33 last week, have scored 26 or more points in each of their last five games.
Kickoff from Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti, Mich., will be at 8 p.m. ET. Eastern Michigan has done a good job forcing turnovers with 12 for a plus-three turnover margin, while Ohio has forced seven turnovers, but has a minus-five turnover margin. The Eagles are favored by six points in the latest Ohio vs. Eastern Michigan odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 61.5. Before making any Eastern Michigan vs. Ohio picks or MACtion predictions, you need to see what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Ohio 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 MACtion odds and betting lines for Eastern Michigan vs. Ohio:
- Ohio vs. Eastern Michigan spread: Eastern Michigan -6
- Ohio vs. Eastern Michigan over-under: 61.5 points
- Ohio vs. Eastern Michigan money line: Ohio +190, Eastern Michigan -230
- OH: The Bobcats are 5-1 against the spread in their last six conference games
- EMU: The Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last six Tuesday games
Why Eastern Michigan can cover
The Eagles are led by senior quarterback Ben Bryant. Bryant was impressive last week at Toledo. The transfer from Cincinnati and first-year Eagle threw for a career-high 354 yards on 29 completions on 41 attempts. The 354 yards is tied for 29th all-time in Eastern Michigan single-game history. Bryant's 64-yard pass to wide out Hassan Beydoun was also the longest completion of his career, while his three touchdowns tied a career high.
Defensively, Eastern Michigan is led by junior linebacker Tariq Speights, who has a team-high 58 tackles, including 11 solo. He also has one sack for nine yards and two pass breakups. Against Toledo, Speights had nine tackles, including two solo. He's had two double-digit tackle performances this season, including a 13-tackle effort against Ball State on Oct. 16.
Why Ohio can cover
Since the MAC moved to two divisions, the Bobcats and Eagles don't play very often anymore, but when they do, Ohio has gotten the best of Eastern Michigan more often than not, winning seven of the past eight meetings. Senior running back De'Montre Tuggle is an important part of the Bobcats' offense and leads the team in rushing, carrying 102 times for 622 yards (6.1 average) and seven touchdowns. His best game was a 17-carry, 201-yard and one touchdown performance at Akron on Oct. 2. Last week against Miami (Ohio), Tuggle rushed 11 times for 69 yards (6.3 average) and two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 50 yards and a score.
Defensively, junior linebacker Bryce Houston has made his presence felt. He leads the Bobcats with 70 tackles, including 39 solo, with one-half sack. In last week's win over Miami (Ohio), Houston made seven tackles, including four solo. He has had four double-digit tackle games, including two in the past three games. At Buffalo on Oct. 16, Houston made 15 tackles, including 11 solo.
How to make Eastern Michigan vs. Ohio MACtion picks
SportsLine's model is going over on the total, projecting 67 combined points. It also says one side of the spread hits more than 50 percent of the time. You can only get the model's picks at SportsLine.
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