The Central Michigan University Chippewas play college football surprisingly well. The team is not part of any conference, rarely performs before a national television audience and is largely unknown and overlooked by fans of the sport.
And yet, the Chippewas play winning football. In fact, this Midwestern team has a winning percentage that places it among the top twenty-five most successful college football programs of all time.
That makes this squad special. In fact, Central Michigan University has done so well in recent years that it has received five bowl game invitations in just the past eight seasons. And, as might be expected for a successful football program, this team performed well against tough competition.
Now, in 2015, new Head Coach John Bonamego is determined to carry on the team’s proud history. The new season for the Head Coach and his players got off to a rocky start when the Chippewas lost at home to the Cowboys of Oklahoma State University. This team, ranked in the top twenty-five nationally, beat the Chippewas in a hard-fought contest by a score of 24-13.
The following week, the University of Central Michigan played host to Monmouth University on Saturday, September 12th. The home team won this game by a score of 31-10.
The squad from Central Michigan University will have to navigate its way through four more home games and six games on “enemy gridirons.” The next home contest is scheduled for October 3rd. That is when the Chippewas will play host to a tough squad from the University of Northern Illinois.
The remaining home games include visits from the University of Buffalo on October 17th, the University of Toledo on November 10th and Eastern Michigan University on November 27th.
Road games for the Chippewas include stopovers at Syracuse University (the game was actually played on Saturday, September 19th), 2nd ranked Michigan State University on September 26th, the University of Western Michigan on October 10th, Ball State University on October 24th, the University of Akron on October 31st and Eastern Michigan University on November 27th.
It’s a difficult schedule, but the University of Central Michigan is a rugged and resilient team that knows how to meet challenges.
Coach Bonamego will have to keep his players hungry and ready to play. The Chippewas are off to a pretty good start, losing only to a ranked team from Oklahoma State. The game was competitive from start to finish.
There is every reason to believe that this very capable Midwestern team will perform to its talent level and uphold the winning tradition that is the hallmark of this excellent college football program.
Courtesy of Fanthem.com