CMU has lost three games in a row and are in major need of a win. This week they welcome the Redhawks on Miami of Ohio in to town for homecoming at CMU. Some good news for CMU in this game is CMU has won their last five homecoming games, they have won 18 games in a row against MAC teams from Ohio and are also 18-1 in their last 19 games against teams from the MAC East. That’s the good news. The bad news is, even though their offense is leading the conference in total offense, 414.5 ypg, they are only 4thin scoring offense, 26.3 points per game. Their defense is 3rd in both, 335.2 ypg and 22.2 ppg, and more important they are only 2-4, and 1-2 in conference play.
Miami is 3-3 overall but is 2-0 in the conference. They did play very well against Florida for most of the game to start the year and have a 31-10 win over Colorado State at home, but they are coming off a 45-3 loss at Cincinnati, and the only team both CMU and Miami of Ohio have played, Eastern Michigan, the Chippewa’s handled them easily 52-14 on the road, where the Redhawks had trouble winning only 28-21 at home.
Miami is lead by QB Zac Dysert who averages just over 200 yards passing a game and has five touchdowns on the year. The Redhawksuse a balanced running attack with Tracy Woods and Thomas Merriweather. Woods leads the Redhawks in rushing attempts, 55, and yards, 230, while Merriweatherleads the team in yards per carry, 4.1 and touchdowns, 4. He has 51 carries on the year, so you can see they both get a lot of work. In the air, Dysert looks for Armand Robinson who has 47 catches for 497 yards and 3 of Dyserts’ five touchdowns. No one else on the Redhawk team has more then 19 catches.
This is as close to a must win as you can get this early in the season for first year coach Dan Enos, as I wrote earlierthis week some of the fan base is loosing patience already with the new staff and their system. A second home loss in a row, and on homecoming on top of that, where more people will be back, would be a big blow to Enos and his staff. I personally am behind him 100% and think this team will be fine. Enos has some personally motivation as the Redhawks offensive coordinator, Morris Watts , was Enos’ QB coach and offensive coordinator during his playing days at MSU.
I look for the Chippewa’s to come out fired up and ready to play. They need a good start, and I think they know that. I think the game will stay semi close, but CMU will find a way and win 31-21
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