Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles Pick - Odds and ATS Predictions

December 15, 5:30 PM EST

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Eastern Michigan +1

The Georgia Southern Eagles (9-3) will take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles (7-5) at the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl on Saturday, December 15th, 2018 for a collision of the Sun Belt Conference and the Mid-American Conference. Kick-off time is scheduled for 5:30 PM ET and will be televised on ESPN. Like many match-ups featured this bowl season, this battle of Eagles will be the first chapter in each program’s history.

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Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles Overview

Georgia Southern Eagles

After going 2-10 SU in 2017, the Eagles are one of the most improved teams of 2018 putting together a nine-win season under the first full year of Head Coach Chad Lunsford. The Eagles enter into the Camellia Bowl on a two-game winning streak. The most noteworthy result of GSU’s resume this season was a win over a ranked Appalachian State team on October 25th where the Eagles staged the upset at home as an 11-point underdog.

Eastern Michigan Eagles

The Eagles have earned their second bowl berth in three years after ending a 19-year postseason drought when EMU played in the 2016 Bahamas Bowl. Without question, Head Coach Chris Creighton has transformed this program into a formidable one as Eastern Michigan has an opportunity to finish with eight wins, their best mark since the Eagles produced a 10-win campaign in 1987 when EMU won the Mid-American Conference while they were at it. Eastern Michigan enters on a three-game winning streak.

Reasons To Avoid Georgia Southern

Many herald GSU’s vaunted option rushing game which ranks ninth in the country with 261.5 yards per game produced on the ground. However, despite the proficiency in the running game, the Eagles proliferate 31.1 points per game which places them 51st in scoring. The Eagles are up against an EMU defense that allows just 22 points per game (32nd nationally). For this reason, the market expects Eastern Michigan to hang around, and that can be a dicey situation for Georgia Southern to contend with as they have been in only two games this season that were settled by a touchdown or less. Eastern Michigan, on the other hand, finds themselves commonly entrenched in tight games.

Reasons To Back Eastern Michigan

This Eastern Michigan team like the 2016 and 2017 editions of the Eagles have an uncanny knack for finding themselves on the bitter end of overtime losses and close defeats. Mirroring a trend that the Eagles established in 2017 that kept them out of the post-season, the Eagles own two overtime losses this year against conference champion Northern Illinois and a then defending Mountain West Champion in San Diego State. Moreover, two more of EMU’s losses were settled by a combined margin of 10 points. This is a team that had they been on the favorable end of some bounces could easily find themselves already at the ten-win threshold. Under this pretense, it could be argued that Eastern Michigan should be the favorite here. That alone dictates the play.

Georgia Southern vs. Eastern Michigan Prediction 12/15/2018

We can say for certain that the Eagles will win in the Camellia Bowl. The question is which university? All signs point to Eastern Michigan. A win for the Eagles here erases a 31-year drought of winning a bowl game. Though the Camellia Bowl may be classed as a lower-tier bowl compared to a New Year’s Six contest, Eastern Michigan will still treat this affair as such given the potential historic magnitude. EMU gets it done.

Free Pick: 
Take Eastern Michigan -105