Western Michigan University plays football in the West Division of the Mid-America Conference (MAC) and against non-Conference foes, as well. This team performed extremely well in 2014. In fact, last year’s squad, under the capable leadership of third year Head Coach P.J. Fleck, produced a commendable Won-Loss record of 8-5. The team won six games out of eight played against Conference foes.
Its winning record made Western Michigan University bowl eligible. And, in fact, the Broncos (that is what their fans call them) received an invitation to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl where they were outscored by the Falcons of Air Force Academy. The final score was 38-24.
Coach Fleck and his players approached the 2015 Season filled with confidence and high expectations. They got off “on the wrong foot” when they opened the year at home on Friday night, September 4th against fourth-ranked Michigan State University.
The Broncos lost that game, but were competitive. The final score was 37-24. Week Two found the Broncos “hitting the road” for a contest against Georgia Southern University. Once again, Western Michigan University found itself on “the short side” of the final score which was 43-17.
Coach Fleck and his players were deeply disappointed over their two straight losses at the start of the season. So it was not surprising that the Broncos hit the gridiron with fire in their eyes on September 19th. That game, which was played at home against Murray State University, gave the home team its first victory. The final score was 56-20.
There are, of course, many home games on the schedule that still need to be played. The first of those games will take place on October 10th against Central Michigan University. The Broncos will also host games against the University of Miami (Ohio) on October 24th, Ball State University on November 5th and Bowling Green University on November 11th.
The Broncos should do well against some, perhaps all, of the teams listed above. Positive results are a definite possibility.
Western Michigan University’s remaining road games will not be easy. The Broncos visited top-ranked Ohio State University, September 26th and managed to score only six points, losing the game by three touchdowns.
Other road games include visits to the University of Ohio on October 17th, Eastern Michigan University on October 29th, the University of Northern Illinois on November 18th and the University of Toledo on November 27th.
It remains to be seen if the Broncos can repeat last year’s success, They have to compete against several difficult opponents at home and, more importantly, on the road, as well.
A few wins against superior competition, if they come, may elevate the University of Western Michigan’s football program to “the next level.”
Courtesy of UWM Broncos