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Four Phil Steele Facts: Central Michigan Chippewas

Numbers never lie. What do they tell us about CMU?

NCAA Football: Central Michigan at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Phil Steele puts out the best college football preview magazine every year. It’s not even a contest. In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of his first publication we at Bucky’s 5th Quarter are going to find four interesting facts about each team on Wisconsin’s schedule, including the Badgers, and break them down for you.

Phil, we love your magazine and we also love your mustache.


As in wins against FBS competition last season. The lone win of 2018 for CMU came against FCS school Maine by a scintillating 17-5 final score. They lost, at home, to Kansas by an embarrassing 24 points, they lost to the other directional Michigan schools by a combined 35 points and they lost their last home game of the season, in which they were favored by a touchdown, to a pathetic Bowling Green squad by 11 points.


The Chippewas have one brand new head coach leading the way this season and if you read the previous paragraph you can see why. Jim McElwain lead Florida to two straight SEC East titles despite having some of the most putrid and unimaginative offenses you’ve ever seen but got canned in 2017 after losing to Georgia by one million points. McElwain brings a supposed offensive expertise to Mt. Pleasant and hopefully, for Chips fans, he and Houston transfer quarterback Quinten Dormady can get things headed in the right direction.

Also...McElwain lives in a barn and doesn’t hump dead sharks.

NCAA Football: Central Michigan at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports


CMU is picked to finish tied for last in the MAC West, so you’d be pretty safe in assuming there isn’t a whole lot of all-conference talent on the roster...and you’d be correct. There are only two Chippewas representing the team on Phil Steele’s top two all-conference teams and they are kicker Ryan Tice and back-up running back/starting kick returner Kobe Lewis who both are predicted to be on the MAC second-team.


The Central Michigan defense only has three returning starters from a unit that was respectable last year, despite the 1-11 record. They allowed fewer points and yards than the previous two years but now, in 2019, they lost two NFL draft pick cornerbacks, all three starting linebackers and a pair of starting defensive linemen. Jonathan Taylor, Tyler Biadasz and company have to be licking their chops at this matchup.

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