Friday, August 20, 2010
MAC 2010-Central Michigan Chippewas
2009 Record: 12-2 (8-0)
Head Coach: Dan Enos (1st season, 0-0)
Offensive Coordinator: Mike Cummings (1st season)
Defensive Coordinator: Joe Tumpkin (1st season)
2009 Bowl Game: GMAC Bowl, defeated Troy 44-41 (2OT)
Offense: Gone is the most producitve player and QB CMU has ever seen in Dan LeFevour. Ryan Radcliff was the #2 guy a season ago, and now he will get a chance to strut his stuff in 2010. Dan Enos and Mike Cummings have decided to stay with the CMU spread for now, but there is one problem...WR Kito Poblah is the lone returning skill player on offense. TE David Blackburn will be much more involved in the offense than he was last season. 4 starters return on the line.
Defense: As incredible as the offense was last season, the defense was just as good. Teams scored 18.9 points per game against CMU, good for 17th in the country. Both interior linemen (Sean Murnane and JOhn Williams) return, but the ends are new. Matt Berning and Nick Bellore return at LB, with Bellore looking to be the anchor piece of the defense. The secondary is being rebuilt, with only CB Vince Agnew returning.
Special Teams: Richie Hogan will be the new PK in 2010,and much will ride on him. Brett Hartmann returns as punter, but he was hardly inspriing last season.
Wins: 9/2 Hampton, 9/18 @ Eastern Michigan, 10/2 Ball State, 10/16 Miami (Ohio)
Toss Up Games: 9/11 @ Temple, 10/23 @ Northern Illinois, 10/30 Bowling Green, 11/5 Western Michigan, 11/26 @ Toledo
Losses: 9/25 @ Northwestern, 10/9 @ Virginia Tech, 11/13 @ Navy
There are many uncertainties on this team and within this schedule. It is a very difficult non conference slate, save for the opener against Hampton. Norhtern Illinois will be their main divisional adversary, but that game is on the road, as is the game against Temple. This won't be easy.
Outlook: Change all over the field and a demanding schedule makes for a very cloudy picture. Word is that CMU still has the horses to run this season, but it remains to be seen. I think that there is far too much upheaval here to constitute a winning season in 2010, and the jury is way out on Enos as a HC.