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College Football Free Pick from Linebacker: Georgia Southern vs Eastern Michigan

linebacker free pick Georgia Southern vs Eastern Michigan

Georgia Southern Eagles vs Eastern Michigan Eagles (EMU +1, O/U 48)

Georgia Southern and Eastern Michigan will square off in Alabama this Saturday for the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. It’s shaping up to be an even match between the two schools, with Georgia Southern currently listed as a 1-point favorite. The Linebacker predicts Eastern Michigan will win the game outright 62.6 percent of the time, giving us a strong play on EMU +1. The Linebacker suggests a $96 wager on EMU +1 for a $100 average bettor.

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Why will Eastern Michigan cover the spread?

  • Eastern Michigan will need a good showing from its run defense to slow down Georgia Southern’s triple-option offense. EMU struggled in the first part of the season defending the run, but finished 13th in yards per carry allowed over its last three games, surrendering just 3.1 yards per attempt.
  • EMU’s opponents have run against them on 61.1 percent of their plays this season, which ranks ninth-most in the country. It’s no surprise their run defense has improved after every team tried to exploit this same weakness.
  • If Georgia Southern is forced to throw, it’ll be against one of the stingiest pass defenses in the country. Eastern Michigan boasts the seventh-best yards per attempt allowed to opposing QBs, surrendering just 5.7 yards per attempt.
  • Georgia Southern’s defense ranks 72nd in passing yards allowed per attempt (7.4). Eastern Michigan’s 7.6 yards per attempt on offense puts it 46th in the country. Their passing offense has been efficient in limiting turnovers as well, having coughed up just four interceptions all season. The Linebacker projects EMU will finish with 216.1 passing yards compared to just 59.1 for Georgia Southern.

Georgia Southern vs Eastern Michigan: How to bet the total

The Linebacker projects a final score of 26.0 - 22.2 in favor of Eastern Michigan. With 48.2 projected points and an OVER/UNDER of 48, we have no suggestion for betting the total in this game.