By Brian Nemerovski
Ypsilanti, MI – The unfortunate reality of Eastern Michigan's recent football history is that the Eagles have fallen into several noteworthy losing streaks.
Last week, EMU made a serious move toward erasing that negative history with a 31-24 win at Ball State--the Eagles' first road win since 1999. Saturday's game at Western Michigan (12:15 p.m. on 89.1, WEMU) offers EMU the chance to halt a seven-game skid against the Broncos.
WMU is 1-4, with its only win coming against division I-AA Tennessee-Martin to open the season. The Broncos' last two losses, a 41-14 pasting at the hands of Ball State and a 59-33 loss at home to Toledo, have been especially troubling.
EMU's resurgent offense should have success against Western's defense, which allows 38.6 points per game (13th in the MAC) and 437 yards per game (9th). The Broncos offense features standout wide receiver Greg Jennings, but they have struggled to run the ball, netting just 95 yards per game on the ground.
Saturday's game will be homecoming in Kalamazoo, as well as the first "Michigan MAC" rivalry game of the season. Expect plenty of points, but the high-flying Eagles will come out on top.
EMU 40, WMU 24
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