Eastern Michigan (1-0) at No. 18 Wisconsin (0-1), Saturday at 7 p.m. EDT (Fox Sports activities 1).
Line: Wisconsin by 25 1/2, in response to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Assortment epic: Wisconsin 3-0.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Eastern Michigan is calling for to beat a ranked crew for the principle time. The Eagles moreover are hoping to present a enhance to their epic in opposition to Mountainous Ten groups since 2017 to 4-0. Eastern Michigan beat Rutgers in 2017, Purdue in 2018 and Illinois in 2019. Wisconsin is attempting to protect a long way from its first 0-2 originate since 1988.
The crimson-zone effectivity for every crew will take the spotlight. Wisconsin misplaced its season opener 16-10 to Penn Convey due to it had three scoreless drives contained within the Nittany Lions’ 10-yard line. Wisconsin moreover obtained to the Penn Convey 25 with out scoring within the final minute of the game. Eastern Michigan scored in all 28 of its journeys inner an opponent’s 20-yard line final year to nefarious first among all FBS groups in crimson-zone effectivity. The Eagles scored touchdowns on every of their 5 journeys to the crimson zone final week in a 35-15 victory over FCS-program Saint Francis (Pennsylvania).
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Eastern Michigan: QBs Ben Bryant and Preston Hutchinson: The Eagles dangle two quarterbacks who every played in opposition to Saint Francis. Bryant, a Cincinnati switch, changed into 8 of 10 for 126 yards. Hutchinson went 7 of 12 for 63 yards with an interception. Hutchinson threw for 1,662 yards with 12 touchdowns and 6 interceptions while moreover speeding for eight rankings final year.
Wisconsin: RB Chez Mellusi: This Clemson switch had 31 carries for 121 yards and a landing in opposition to Penn Convey. He had the supreme speeding total for any player in his Wisconsin debut since P.J. Hill rushed for 130 yards in opposition to Bowling Green in 2006. His 31 carries in opposition to Penn Convey exceeded his 2020 season total of 27 speeding makes an strive at Clemson.
FACTS & FIGURES
These two groups are coping with every thoroughly different for the principle time since 1996, when Wisconsin obtained 24-3 in Madison. The Badgers dangle obtained the three earlier conferences on this sequence by a combined rating of 101-9. … Eastern Michigan is 0-13 in opposition to ranked groups and has misplaced by at the very least 14 aspects in every of those video games. … Eastern Michigan’s Darius Boone rushed for 107 yards in opposition to Saint Francis. … Wisconsin’s Jake Ferguson has 108 profession catches to manual all filled with life FBS tight ends. He had 9 catches in opposition to Penn Convey. … Wisconsin managed possession for over 42 minutes in opposition to Penn Convey. … Wisconsin LB Leo Chenal will omit a 2nd straight recreation after making an strive out sure for COVID-19.
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