On a chilly and windy Michigan fall day, the Western Michigan Broncos take on inner state rival Eastern Michigan Universities in the first of a series of game for the Michigan MAC trophy. The Michigan MAC trophy is awarded to the team who wins the most games of a round robin between Eastern , Central and Western Michigan Universities.
Eastern and Western have had disappointing seasons thus far. Western is 1-8 and after earning their first victory against conference newcomer UMass last week. Eastern is 1-8 and still looking for a MAC victory on the season. The Eagles ineptitude lead EMU Athletic Director Heather Lyke to fire Ron English on the eve of their game against Western.
The bottom line is that Western Coach P.J. Fleck needs this win over Eastern in order to begin to salvage what was a horrible season in Kalamazoo. Fleck entered his inaugural season as Western Coach with high energy and high expectations. After disappointing losses to sub par teams including 1-aa Nichols State, the Broncos have been looking for an identity ever since.
The Broncos can take advantage of a weak Eastern team in a state of dismay after the sudden firing of their head coach. If Fleck can’t take advantage of Easter Michigan’s situation he might be on the hot seat very early in his tenure as Western Michigan coach.
A win against Eastern would give the Broncos a chance at the Michigan MAC title. They would win it with a victory today and a victory over arch rival Central Michigan next week.
The title may be a small consolation prize but would be something to build on for a battered Bronco’s team.
Western and Eastern kick off at 1:00 pm from Ypsilanti. You can catch the game on line at ESPN 3.