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Ron English brings his merry band of stanksters into the Horseshoe as 44ish point underdogs Saturday, and though my inner Holtz is urging me to write "anything can happen on any given Saturday", I just can't bring myself to do it. After taking over as head coach of the Eagles prior to the 2009 season, English has watched his team stumble their way to 15-straight losses, including last week's 52-14 pantsing at the hands of Central Michigan, an outfit fresh off a three point loss to Temple.
Just how bad is this team? The 0-12 2009 campaign included nine losses by double-digits, five of which saw EMU surrender 45 or more points. They did open 2010 on a little better footing, piling up a 285 rushing yards in a 31-27 loss to Army in the opener and then taking a tie into the fourth quarter against Miami in week two before eventually suffering a 28-21 defeat. Jim Tressel was kind in describing the shellacking against Central as a "step backward" last weekend, but we'll be a little more direct: this is a lousy team.
Couple that with English's lack of success against Ohio State as Michigan's defensive backs coach from 2003-05 (OSU: 2-1, 27.7 pts/gm) and defensive coordinator in from 2006-07 (OSU: 2-0, 28.0 pts/gm), and subsequent firing when Rich Rodriguez arrived (so he could hire Greg Robinson?), and the Eagles appear to be in for a rough afternoon.
Regardless, Eastern Michigan will gladly accept their $850,000 appearance fee, the Buckeyes will light up the scoreboard, hopefully working some kinks out, and we as fans, will try to make it through the second half without a) falling asleep, b) demanding to see more of our favorite youngster, or c) both.