Army is 8-point home favorite against 1-4 Eastern Michigan Saturday at Michie Stadium.
The line probably doesn’t account for the uncertain status of Army starting quarterback Angel Santiago, who suffered an ankle injury last week.
As late as Thursday night, the word was Santiago would play. Coach Ellerson said on his weekly radio show, “It’s probably one of those deals where he can go out and play 70 plays and never missed a beat or he can go out and last for five (plays).”
Heard Friday there’s a chance Santiago may not play and could be a game-time decision.
Santiago obviously gives Army (2-4) the best chance to win. If he can’t play, sophomore Kelvin White would likely make his first career start. White has moved Army down the field in his three appearances. Last week, Army’s offense was slowed in the second half by Boston College. But, the coaches didn’t take advantage of White’s strength – throwing the football.
Army begins the soft part of its schedule. The Black Knights’ next three opponents – Eastern Michigan, Temple and Air Force – have combined for two wins this season. Defensive end Bobby Kough said this game is a, “must win” if Army wants to keep its goal of a bowl game within reach.
Remember Army was a 2.5-point road favorite against winless Eastern Michigan last year and lost 48-38.
Sal Interdonato (Times Herald-Record Army football beat writer): Army 34, Eastern Michigan 28. Game could simply come down to defense, which makes the most stops. Eastern Michigan is 0-12 on the road against non-conference teams in coach Ron English’s five years.
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