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EMU Week 1: Indiana State August 20, 2008

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If Eastern Michigan wanted to secure Jeff Genyk an opening win (he hasn’t had one since his first season), the fledgling program sure did it by scheduling one of America’s most futile football teams: Indiana State.

The Sycamores have had 11 straight losing seasons, are a combined 1-32 over the past three seasons, have a new head coach and (gasp!) are in line for another rebuilding season.

The Big Day Prep Showdown will provide more football excitement on Friday than this game.

BetUs has EMU listed as a 38 point favorite. Wins have been hard to come by in Ypsilanti lately. 38-point wins have been even rarer. However, this is unquestionably the worst FCS team in America.

There aren’t many more ways to illustrate just how bad the Sycamores are. They were outscored by an average of 49-11 in league play (Missouri Valley Conference) last season and lost on the road at Indiana 55-7.  Their defense, which brings back seven starters, surrendered an average of 520 yards per game.

Their offense managed a meager 263 yards per game and has just four starters back. Both kickers are brand new.

In short, ISU has lost all of its skill players, three of its top four tacklers and is in for another rebuilding year under new head coach Trent Miles (a former ISU wide receiver who was Washington’s RB coach the past three years).

One player to watch is quarterback Charles Dowdell, who took the starting reins mid-year and completed a whopping 42.9 percent of his passes, throwing for 623 yards, four touchdowns and 10 picks. He also finished second on the team with 363 rushing yards and one touchdown.

Center Jack Byrne is the team’s only preseason all-conference pick.

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