The 2010 football season comes to a end on Friday for CMU, and while the year has been mostly a huge disappointment, the Chippewas last game against MAC West rival Toledo gives CMU a chance to end the year on a positive note. CMU is playing better the last few weeks, as they beat arch rival Western Michigan on senior day, and then lost by one at Navy 38-37, when they went for two and the win instead of kicking the PAT and playing for OT with 5 seconds left. They have had almost two full weeks since that game against Navy on November 13th, and should be well rested for their season finally against the Rockets.
Sophomore QB Ryan Radcliff has played his best play in the last two games, and that will need to continue if CMU wants to beat Toledo on the road. Radcliff has been throwing a lot and will most likely need to continue to do so, as the running game has struggled all year. WR Cody Wilson has shown he is a big time play maker and has done so much for this offense all year. The Sophomore only has good things ahead of him.
On defense CMU is lead by senior LB Nick Bellore and Matt Berning, who will both be playing in their last games for CMU on Friday. Both have done so much for the program in their four years here, and Bellore is the leading active career tackle leader for FBS schools. Both have seen a lot of success in their careers and it is too bad that their senior year hadn’t gone as well as they planed. Bellore missed the Navy game which was the first game of his CMU career that he didn’t start, he fought some injuries all year but finally a bad cut inside his mouth made him miss the game. He is ten tackles away from being second all time on CMU career tackle list, I would bet anything he will be on the field on Friday. If this team finishes with 3 wins or 4 wins it doesn’t mean too much, but it is always nice to win your last game, and winning two of your last three, with a one point loss to a good team thrown in, would give the team confidence moving forward to the 2011 season and give Coach Enos and his staff some positives to use for the recruiting trail as they try to rebuild this program.
Despite CMU’s pure record, they have been in all but one game, at Va Tech. CMU has had 6 games decided by less then 7 points, the problem is, they are 1-5 in those six games. Being in games is the first step for a young team, winning them is the next step. A step that needs to be taking by CMU since the recent success, 3 conference titles and 4 bowl games in the last four years, have spoiled the fan base and raised expectations dramatically.
Last year CMU easily beat Toledo 56-28, and has won 5 games in a row over Toledo, including a 24-23 win in 2008 the last time the game was in the Glass Bowl. Toledo was in position to win the MAC West until they went to NIU and got rolled by the Huskies. Toledo is 7-4 and coming off a win over Bowling Green and will want to have a win on their senior day as they get ready for a bowl game. CMU has been playing better the last few weeks and had lots of time to rest up and get ready for Toledo. There is not a lot of love lost between the two schools, and I think beating Toledo on their senior day would be a great way to end the year for CMU. That being said, I think Toledo will win the game 24-21. CMU will play hard and it will be another close game, but this season when things could go wrong they have, and that will happen again on Friday in Toledo.
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