Central Michigan Chippewas Football Schedule
The pride and joy of Central Michigan and one of the most successful
programs in the history of the Mid-American Conference, the Central Michigan Chippewas are preparing to rebound from a season
that ended without a bowl game birth, a rare occasion in Mount Pleasant. Things have been tough for the Chippewas since beloved
Head Coach Butch Jones left Central Michigan to take over the Cincinnati Bearcats football program in 2009, and Head Coach
Dan Enos is working tirelessly to get his program back to where it is used to being. There is renewed faith and optimism in
Mount Pleasant heading into the 2014 season, and the faithful Chippewas fans will be there with their team every step of the
When looking at the Chippewas schedule for the upcoming season, it is hard not to get excited for the thrilling
action ahead. One game to circle on the schedule is the September 13 clash with the Syracuse Orange at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
The Orange, members of the ACC, are a talented team who had one of college football's premier running attacks in 2013 and
also one of its stingiest defenses. That is a tough combination for any opposing team to overcome, but the Chippewas definitely
enjoy a home field advantage at Kelly/Shorts Stadium and their home fans like to make life tough for the visiting team.
conference play, there are many games that Chippewas fans need to attend, but the October 18 contest against the rival Ball
State Cardinals is not to be missed. The Chippewas found themselves looking up at the Cardinals in the MAC West Division standings
last season, and the home team will be looking to take down the Cardinals and restore their name to the top of the table.
Ball State, under Head Coach Pete Lembo, have been to two straight bowl games. Ball State will be without their superstar
quarterback moving forward, with Keith Wenning heading to the Baltimore Ravens as a 6th round draft choice in the 2014 NFL
Draft. Wenning enjoyed an incredible season for the Cardinals in 2013, leading the way with over 4,100 passing yards and 35
touchdown passes. His production will be hard to replicate and the Chippewas will be looking to prey on the young replacement.
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Central Michigan Chippewas Football Conference
The Mid-American Conference is particularly competitive these
days, with many teams competing for the top spots in the standings. In recent years, the top teams in the MAC have been the
Toledo Rockets, Northern Illinois Huskies and Ball State Cardinals, but teams like the Bowling Green Falcons and the Buffalo
Bulls are lurking just behind. The MAC had a banner season in 2012, with the Northern Illinois Huskies finishing the 2012
season with a phenomenal 12-1 record, qualifying for a BCS bowl game. The Huskies became the first ever MAC team to qualify
for one of the BCS bowls, clashing with the Florida State Seminoles in the Orange Bowl. Though they lost the game, the Huskies
brought the MAC to exciting new heights in college football. The Huskies only enjoyed their new found glory briefly, as they
were unseated as the MAC Champions by the Bowling Green Falcons in the MAC Championship Game in 2013.
Michigan Chippewas Football Rivalries
Though many in The Great Lake State point to the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry
as being the most intense in state, there are many in Michigan who would give the nod to the Central Michigan-Western Michigan
rivalry as being just as fierce. With over 80 meetings in the history of the rivalry, the fanbases from both schools live
to beat the other. Western Michigan holds the series record right now, but the Chippewas have enjoyed more overall program
success. One thing is for sure, the school who owns the Victory Cannon enjoys the bragging rights all season long.
Central Michigan Chippewas Football Experience
Football stadiums throughout the country are abuzz with action
on Saturdays, with their fans acting out many traditions revolving around their beloved football programs. In Mount Pleasant,
Michigan, the Chippewas have a truly fanatic fanbase, turning Kelly/Shorts Stadium into a frenzy on gameday. When you attend
a Chippewas home game, prepare to feel the intensity, especially when the crowd bursts into the "FIRE UP CHIPS", their traditional
greeting on Saturdays, making their presence felt early on. The fans never sit, cheering their beloved Chippewas on with a
fury from kick off to the very last whistle. This atmosphere is electric and Chippewas fans won't want to miss any of the
action at Kelly/Shorts Stadium this season.
Central Michigan Chippewas Football Trivia
Which two former
Central Michigan Chippewas have been drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft?
Offensive Tackle Joe Staley was a
first round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in the 2007 NFL Draft. Staley has gone on to play in a Super Bowl and is a three
time Pro Bowl selection. In 2013, Chippewas Left Tackle Eric Fisher was selected in the first round by the Kansas City Chiefs.