This Friday the Eastern Michigan Eagles will host the Wyoming Cowboys in Week 4 action. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 EST at Rynearson Stadium. The game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. Oddsmakers have Wyoming listed as a 3-point road favorite over the Eagles.
Wyoming vs Eastern Michigan Vegas Odds Preview
This isn’t exactly a marquee matchup. These two teams combined to go 3-21 last season. However, both are off to strong starts at 2-1 through 3 games.
The Cowboys have the more impressive win with a 40-34 upset win at home against Northern Illinois. A game they were listed as a 7-point dog. Eastern Michigan’s best win is last week’s road 37-19 win at Charlotte. Both also have big blowout losses to Power 5 schools. Wyoming lost 17-52 at Nebraska and the Eagles lost 21-61 at Missouri.
These two teams did play last year in Wyoming. Eastern Michigan won that contest 48-29 as a 13-point road dog.
Free Pick & Betting Predictions: Wyoming -3
This is by far the worst of the three games on the schedule for Friday. With other options out there, I think the betting public is going to stay clear. Not only do they not follow these small conference schools, they see both as bad teams.
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I actually think we are getting some value here with Wyoming only laying a field goal. Revenge is a huge motivator in college football. The Cowboys have 17 returning starters who haven’t forgot about last year’s embarrassing loss.
I know the home team has an edge in these weekday games on short rest, but I don’t think that’s the case here. Eastern Michigan doesn’t exactly have a big home field advantage. Hard to get fans to come to games when you are 15-36 at home over a 10-year span coming into the season.
Wyoming’s win over Northern Illinois at home let me know this team was for real. I came in expecting a big improvement with all those starters back. The Cowboys are also in year three under head coach Craig Bohl, who I really like. Bohl was previously the head coach at FCS power North Dakota State, where he went 104-32 from 2003 to 2013.
It’s also worth noting that Wyoming’s 17-52 loss at Nebraska wasn’t near as bad as the final looks. The Cowboys actually went into the 4th quarter of that game down by just 7 (17-24). They simply imploded with turnovers. They had six on the game and four straight in the 4th quarter.
Eastern Michigan is also a much improved team, but they are still picked to finish in the bottom of the MAC. They figure to be without a key weapon offensively. Running back Shaq Vonn is doubtful with a shoulder injury. Vonn has 21 carries for 166 yards and 2 scores (7.9 yards/carry).
Wyoming’s offense is built on their ground game. I know Eastern Michigan comes in only giving up 3.2 yards/carry, but it’s misleading. The teams they have faced only average 2.9 yards/carry on the season. Keep in mind they had zero answer for the Cowboys running game last year, as Wyoming racked up 430 yards.
Eastern Michigan is just 9-21 ATS in their last 30 against teams who average 4.75 or more yards/carry. The Eagles are also just 7-23 ATS in last 30 home games after playing a non-conference game and 1-9 in their last 10 off a win by 17 or more points.