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The Maine Black Bears will visit the Eastern Washington Eagles at Roos Field in Cheney, Washington, on Saturday for an FCS national semifinal matchup.
The game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone, or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet, or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
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If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
Additionally, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer via ESPN.com, or on your phone, tablet, or streaming device via the ESPN app. You’ll need to log in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the ESPN digital platforms.
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The matchup pits one of the best offenses in the FCS against one of the best defenses.
Eastern Washington’s 44.1 points per game are fourth in the FCS, and their 538.3 yards of total offense per contest are second. They’re the only team in the subdivision in the top 25 in total offense, rushing (266.6 yards per game, 10th), and passing (271.7 yards per game, 22nd).
“That’s an extremely talented offense,” Maine head coach Joe Harasymiak said, according to The Portland Press Herald. “And the defense is another solid defense. It’s a solid team overall and they’re playing well. They understand the scheme each side is trying to execute.”
In a 34-29 quarterfinals victory over the UC Davis Aggies, Eagles quarterback Eric Barriere completed 21 of 25 passes for 235 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. He also ran a score in, and rushed 13 times for 43 yards — most of which came with 1:13 remaining, on a 29-yard run on the opening play of the game-winning drive.
“We all believed in each other,” Barriere said, according to The Spokesman-Review.
“Before, we huddled up and told everyone what they were supposed to do. We knew if we executed, it would turn out OK. Everyone believed in each other, did our job and we came out on top.”
Berriere opened the season as the backup to Gage Gubrud, subbing into three games before the starter went down with a foot injury in the Eagles’ fifth game, on September 29. Barriere responded by guiding the team to a 7-1 record in eight starts. On the year, he’s completed 156 of 256 passes for 1,900 yards, 17 touchdowns, and six interceptions. He’s also rushed 83 times for 550 yards and seven more touchdowns.
“[Barriere] creates a lot of plays with his feet,” Harasymiak said, according to the Bangor Daily News. “And he can throw the ball very well. We’re going to have to be disciplined and stay in our rush lanes and contain him there. They also have some running plays [involving] him.”
The Black Bears sport one of the best defenses in the FCS, ranking first in rushing defense (68.7 yards per game on a stingy 2.11 yards per carry), second in sacks per contest (3.62), and ninth in total defense (293.5 yards per game).
“They are physical, and they are going to be a challenge,” Eastern Washington head coach Aaron Best said, per the Bangor Daily News. “They play a ton of man-to-man and rely on that front four to create chaos. And they are a confident bunch.
“If we can maximize our decision-making and know that special teams and turnovers will be a factor, we’ll give ourselves a chance.”
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