As a Central graduate and fan, I certainly didn’t expect the Chippewas to beat Michigan today. I did expect them to play competitively for most of the game. What CMU fans got was a major disappointment.
The Chippewas looked unprepared for the season opener against Michigan. They were unable to do anything with the ball on offense and looked completely lost on defense giving up 463 total yards. Devin Gardner was having difficulty throwing the football but that didn’t matter because Central was inept against the run and allowed the Michigan QB to score two rushing touchdowns.
No one expected the Chips to win this game. But that doesn’t mean that they should offer themselves up as a sacrifice on the altar of the Big House. Central has always looked up to Michigan. As a Central fan, I was hoping that a former Spartan quarterback in the form of Dan Enos would use his hatred of the Maize and Blue to inspire a fiery performance from his team. But nothing about Dan Enos involves anything hot much less fire and the only hatred he is inspiring is that in the heart of the die-hard Chippewa fan.
Under the reign of Brian Kelly and Butch Jones, the Chippewas earned respect around the country after nearly a decade of MAC dominance. Dan Enos has managed to reduce Central Michigan’s football program to punchline status in just a few short years.
The Chippewas will have a chance to rebound against 1-AA University of New Hampshire at Sunny Kelly Shorts Stadium on Saturday September 7th. Be sure to log on to Detroit Jock City for the latest news and views about the Central Michigan University Chippewas.