Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Central Michigan Chippewas season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Central Michigan Chippewas
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Central Michigan Previews 2017 | 2016 | 2015
After a few years off, Central Michigan has quietly become a rock solid MAC team again.
A conference superpower in the late 2000s, there was a drop off the map after Butch Jones left for Tennessee, with two 3-9 seasons under Dan Enos before going bowling again in 2012 and being bowl eligible for three straight years. Enos bailed to be Bret Bielema’s offensive coordinator at Arkansas, John Bonamego stepped into the position, and he’s been able to keep it all rolling.
And now, CMU is on a run of six straight seasons with six wins or more, with last year’s built-up team the best in a long time. But that still didn’t equal a MAC title.
The MAC West has been nasty, mainly because Northern Illinois and Toledo have been excellent and Western Michigan rose back up. but CMU has been able to hold its own with 21 wins and three bowl appearances under Bonamego. Being steady has been fine, but this won’t be the year it’ll turn sensational again.
The secondary is undergoing an overhaul, most of the top receivers are done, and the defensive line loses just enough to be annoying.
However, Tony Poljan – with a little bit of time – should be an upgrade at quarterback over Shane Morris, the backfield is full of good-enough running backs, and the defensive side boasts one of the MAC’s better linebacking corps and a few okay veterans to build around up front and in the defensive backfield.
And Bonamego has proven he can get the team to at least six wins no matter what.
The Chippewas might not be in for quite the season their fans might be hoping for, but there’s nothing wrong with going bowling every year.
Keep rolling out good team after good team, and sometimes, all of the breaks go the right way. Eventually, that will be CMU again.