Coastal Carolina +6 4.4% NCAAF POD
Eastern MIchigan has just 10 returning starters as they head out on the road as the MAC faces off against the Sun Belt. The Sun Belt has gone 12-9 against the MAC, but the battles have been pretty even. I have tremendous respect for Chis Creighton and what he's achieved here at Eastern Michigan, but with 10 returning starters I have questions. This team has played in a lot of close games, and has relied on the defense on the road, but I'm predicting they take a step back, and they have a tough task against Coastal Carolina.
Coastal returns 15 starters, and has more depth than last year and 5 of their 9 losses were by 8 points or less. When depth was less of an issue Coastal defeated UAB 47-24 at home in week 2, and UAB went on to go 11-3. I think Coastal has a shot to pull the upset here. The offense should improve and was better than their final numbers, and the defense returns 8 starters. They just missed out on a bowl game last year and improve from #111 in experience to #51. Playing a lot of young guys last year will pay dividends this year.
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