This is the biggest football game in Central Michigan history. Does head coach Dan Enos and company have a chance to beat MSU? Absolutely not.
Enos will be facing his buddy, Mark Dantonio, and former team for the second time at 3:30pm Saturday afternoon at Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant. It’s got to be an uncomfortable feeling knowing that some of the players you recruited (Gholston, Sims, Fowler, Norman) are coming into your stadium to blow you out.
That being said, CMU can take some positives out this game. It will be a great weekend for students and alum to see their school host a big time football game. The game is sold out and it will be the biggest crowd in school history. I’m sure the partying is starting right about now.
Thousands of people will be making the trip to Mount Pleasant to visit with family and friends, most not going to the game or probably even considering watching the game. But there will be some awesome tailgates going on with beer pong and flip cup I’m sure. I wish I was going.
Also, Enos has said he is using this game as a recruiting tool . There will be around 50 recruits and their families on the sideline. That’s pretty cool.
To keep this game close the Chippewas are going to have to make a couple of big plays and score a few times against one of the best defenses in the nation. They’ll also have to win the turnover ratio. Two things that aren’t going to happen.
The Michigan State defense should have no problem shutting down the Chip’s offense. And look for Le’Veon Bell to pad his stats again this week. Will he get 200 rushing yards again? Probably.
The big question for MSU in this game is if Maxwell and the passing game can improve on their performance from last week. The stats weren’t terrible against Boise State, but if you watched the game it just didn’t look good. Tight end Dion Sims will most likely be Maxwell’s favorite target again, but some of the young receivers need to step it up. Bell is going to need some help when they play Notre Dame and when they get into the Big Ten season.
So Fire up Chips! But only for parties and tailgating this weekend. Spartans win 38-3.