After a big come from behind win over arch rival Western Michigan the CMU football team now goes on the road for their final two games of the 2010 season. Up first is a non conference match up with Navy. On the surface there is really no reason to play this game. CMU can not make a bowl, and they can not have a winning season. But the Chippewa football team, lead by their seniors are a proud bunch and want to end this season on a strong note if they can.
Facing Navy is a tough game for almost any team. They are a team that even when everyone knows what they are going to do, run the football, they still do it very well. Navy is 7th in the nation in rushing offense averaging 287.8 yards a game, they are 118th in passing offense. CMU on the other hand is 110th in rushing offense and in the top 25 in passing. The CMU run defense will be tested early and often but that is also the best part of the team. Senior LB Nick Bellore and Matt Berning are both tackling machine, Bellore is the active leader in tackles for D1, and with junior LB Armond Staten coming off his best game of his career, 11 tackles and forced three fumbles, good enough for MAC West Defensive player of the week, the CMU defense should be ready.
On Offense CMU’s QB Ryan Radcliff played the best second half of the season on Friday over Western and threw for 300 yards. WR Cody Wilson continued to be the best player on offense and the Chippewas will need another big day out of him if they want to beat Navy on the road. The Western game was also the first time all year when CMU had unsung players step up and make plays when they needed them the most. Senior WR Matt Torres, who only had 4 catches for 35 yards in his career going in to Friday’s game, had 3 catches for 57 yards, including two big catches in the fourth quarter, one coming on a 4th and 6 to keep a touchdown drive going, and the other being a 22 yard catch on the game winning touchdown drive.
But it has to be tough to get your self up for this game. A very late non conference game in November when you will be home for the holidays for the first time in four years. I believe the leaders on this team will get the guys ready to play, and coach Enos will want to continue to get a great effort from everyone as they try to have positives to move forward for the 2011 season, but I believe that Navy will win this football game. In the only other meeting between the two schools Navy won 63-34 in 2003. I would not expect that many points this time around for either school but Navy will score enough and win the game 24-14. I believe in CMU that they can win this game, but I just can’t bring myself to pick them to do it right now. I hope I am wrong.
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