After a three game road trip the CMU football team finally returns home on Saturday to play MAC West rival Ball State. Kelly/Shorts stadium has been very kind to the Chippewa’s of late. They are 17-4 at home since 2006, and have won 6 games in a row and 10 of their last 11. Their only loss in the that time happens to be to Ball State, but that was when Nate Davis lead the #14 ranked Cardinals to Mt Pleasant and came away with a 31-24 victory. Last year CMU had no problem getting revenge in Munci as they easily beat BSU 35-3.
A lot was made before the season about all the weapons CMU was loosing and concerns about this team were many. Even though they are 2-2 so far in this young season the numbers look good when compared to the rest of the conference. CMU is #1 in the conference in total offense, at 428.8 ypg and first in scoring offense, 30 ppg, those numbers of course were helped by the 33-0 game against Hampton and the 52-12 game against Eastern. But still, they did score 25 points against Northwestern last week. The CMU defense is also first in the conference in scoring defense, 14.3 ppg, and second in total defense 295.3 ypg
Ball State is a team coming off a 45-0 beat down by Iowa and are 1-3 on the season. Their lone win came in their season opener to Southeast Missouri State 27-10. They have lost to Purdue and Liberty in their other games. I would think they would be lead by 5th year senior running back MiQuale Lewis, but the first team all conference player in 2008 and second team-er last year hasn’t really gotten going yet this year as he has 137 yards and one touchdown so far in four games this season. BSU has also used two quarterback as both Keith Wenning and Kelly Paige have over 40 attempts this year.
Not to be disrespectful but if CMU does not win this game they will be in big big trouble. Coach Dan Enos and this team has a great chance to get right against BSU at home before going on the road to play Va Tech next week. I look for them to come out quick and get a lead by throwing the ball, and then running the football after that. I see CMU being able to put up points and Nick Bellore and the CMU defense will continue their very strong play. CMU wins this game 35-10.
About the Author
Written by Steve Schwanda
Proud 2006 grad of CMU. Chippewacountry.com basketball analyst, I love and follow most sports, but I follow basketball the most. Coached and worked camps for 8 years. Favorite pro teams are: NY Giants, Detroit Pistons, Tigers, and Wings