Through 3 Quarters

The Eastern Michigan Eagles are just one quarter away from delivering their fans the win they've been expecting all week. Sitting on a score of 34-24, they have looked like the better team out there today, but there's still one more quarter to play. They have been riding high on the performance of QB Preston Hutchinson, who has passed for two TDs and 207 yards on 27 attempts.

The Eagles have yet to string together two consecutive wins, but this may be their chance. For now, all signs point to yes.

Who's Playing

Northern Illinois @ Eastern Michigan

Current Records: Northern Illinois 0-5; Eastern Michigan 1-4

What to Know

This Saturday, the Eastern Michigan Eagles are hoping to patch up the holes in a defense that has allowed an average of 36.6 points per matchup. EMU and the Northern Illinois Huskies will face off in a Mid-American battle at noon ET Saturday at Rynearson Stadium. The Eagles should still be riding high after a win, while NIU will be looking to right the ship.

EMU was able to grind out a solid victory over the Western Michigan Broncos last week, winning 53-42. EMU QB Preston Hutchinson was slinging it as he passed for three TDs and 315 yards on 30 attempts in addition to punching in one rushing touchdown. Hutchinson's 61-yard touchdown toss to WR Tanner Knue in the second quarter made for one of the most memorable moments of the afternoon.

Special teams collected 17 points for EMU. K Chad Ryland delivered a perfect 4-for-4 game.

Meanwhile, it was all tied up 24-24 at halftime, but NIU was not quite the Toledo Rockets' equal in the second half when they met last week. The Huskies lost to the Rockets at home by a decisive 41-24 margin. NIU might not have won anyway, but their 117 penalty yards sure didn't help matters. A silver lining for them was the play of RB Harrison Waylee, who rushed for one TD and 114 yards on 19 carries. That nimble footwork stands out as the first time Waylee has hit the 100-yard rushing mark this season.

The Eagles are the favorite in this one, with an expected 6-point margin of victory. Their home turf has been no bettor's paradise, though, as they've failed to beat the spread in two of their two home games.

EMU took their contest against NIU when the two teams previously met in November of last year by a conclusive 45-17 score. Will EMU repeat their success, or do the Huskies have a better game plan this time around? We'll find out soon enough.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 12 p.m. ET
  • Where: Rynearson Stadium -- Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • TV: ESPN3.com
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

Odds

The Eagles are a solid 6-point favorite against the Huskies, according to the latest college football odds.

The line has drifted a bit towards the Eagles, as the game opened with the Eagles as a 4.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -113

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Series History

Northern Illinois have won four out of their last five games against Eastern Michigan.

  • Nov 19, 2019 - Eastern Michigan 45 vs. Northern Illinois 17
  • Sep 29, 2018 - Northern Illinois 26 vs. Eastern Michigan 23
  • Oct 26, 2017 - Northern Illinois 30 vs. Eastern Michigan 27
  • Nov 16, 2016 - Northern Illinois 31 vs. Eastern Michigan 24
  • Oct 24, 2015 - Northern Illinois 49 vs. Eastern Michigan 21