Central Michigan Chippewas Football Schedule Preview and Predictions


Nov 6, 2013; Muncie, IN, USA; Central Michigan Chippewas quarterback

Cooper Rush

(10) passes the ball against the Ball State Cardinals at Scheumann Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

The Central Michigan Chippewas are at a crossroads this season. Coach Dan Enos is in his fifth year as Chippewas head coach and now it is time for his system and his recruits start producing on the field.

Enos has produced only one winning season since he took the helm in 2010.  Last seasons 6-6 record caused the Chippewas to miss a bowl game and was a troubling step back for the Chips after finishing 7-5 the season before.

The 2014 Central Michigan Chippewas football schedule sets up sell for the Chippewas as they have 6 home games on the schedule after luring Syracuse to Kelly Shorts Stadium for a September 13th kick-off.

Here is a look at the 2014 Central Michigan Chippewas Football Schedule and a breakdown of the key opponents.

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Overall Record: 8-4  MAC Record: 7-1

The Central Michigan Chippewas should put together a great season in 2014.  All the usual suspects at the top of the division lost key parts of their teams to graduation/draft this season throwing the division up for grabs. Central can take advantage will a favorable home schedule that  forces both the Ohio Bobcats, Ball State Cardinals and Western Michigan Broncos to play at Kelly Shorts.

Biggest Game: Ohio Bobcats – October 4th

The Chippewas beat the Ohio Bobcats on the road last season in a close game they should have won.  Now the shoe is on the other foot and the Bobcats hope to kick the Chippewas in the teeth with it. This game could set up the tone for a strong second half.

Toughest Opponent: Syracuse – September 13th

Barring a clash with Bowling Green in the MAC Championship, the Syracuse Orange will be the toughest opponent the Chippewas will face this season.  The Orange are returning most of their skilled position players and a loss on the road to a MAC team could upend their season.

Against The Rivals

The Central Michigan Chippewas should have enough to beat both of their in-state rivals in 2014.  Western managed only one-win last season and has to play in Kelly Shorts with a possible MAC championship bid on the line for the Chippewas.  Eastern Michigan is program in transition after losing coach Ron English last season.

Upset Alert: Chattanooga – August 28th

The Chipppewas could be in trouble in week one when FCS school Chattanooga rolls into town.  Chattanooga has a high-powered offense and is ranked preseason #10 in the FCS Top 25.  If the Chippewas don’t prepare properly they could find themselves on the way to a disappointing season.