EMU v Illinois State open thread
Now it’s just time to
sit back and enjoy get to Rynearson Stadium and stand up and scream as loud as you can! The weather forecast is calling for partly cloudy skies with just a 10% chance of rain so there should be no chance of a repeat of last year’s delayed home opener. You may want to dress a little warm (for early September), because the temperatures will be rising from about 60 degrees morning to only about 70 by the end of the game, and it’s going to be breezy with winds at 15 to 25 mph. Today is going to feel more like an early fall day than late summer.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1:06 Eastern — call it 1 — but make sure to get into Rynearson early to watch the band’s pregame show and enjoy the beauty of their new uniforms NOW WITH MOAR HURON! Off the top of my head I think they start about 15-18 minutes before kickoff, but I’d try to be inside by at least 12:45 just to be safe.
If you’re stuck at work, out of town, or otherwise can’t make it to the game, it will be broadcast online by the MAC (we need a name for these broadcasts, suggestions include MACTV, MAC Vision, CineMAC, MACescope, and MACtube), as well as the usual WEMU 89.1 FM radio broadcast, also streamed online. Or if you’re not just “working” but really working and can’t run video or audio, here’s EMU’s live stats page. Since it’s an FCS opponent, I’m having trouble finding a betting line, but Sagarin’s ratings (not reliable at this point in the season because teams are not “well-connected”, but pretty much the only thing we’ve got to go on) suggest that the Redbirds should be favored by about 1.5 points. Really.
Open thread is now open. Discuss!