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2007 CMU Football Preview


Central Michigan Chippewas

2007 CMU Overview

The defending MAC champs return the MAC Freshman of the Year Award winner in QB Dan LeFevour. LeFevour emerged from a three-way QB battle last season to throw 26 TDs and lead an offense that averaged nearly 30-points a game. There is solid depth at QB behind LeFevour. Junior Ontario Sneed is a complete back who may become the MAC’s best overall RB. Central has solid depth with Marcel Archer and Notre Dame transfer Justin Hoskins. Bryan Anderson is quickly becoming one of the most reliable receivers in the league and has terrific size (6-5, 200) for either deep or possession routes. The offensive line returns three quality starters from last year tremendous unit but CMU must replace two NFL draft picks up front. Overall there is good size and athleticism up front to make this one of the league’s better offensive lines. The ‘Chips must replace another NFL draft pick in DE Dan Bazuin who was simply one of the best defensive linemen to ever play in the MAC. The DTs will need to solidify the line quickly as Central will be breaking in two new DE prospects. Central should have one of the MAC’s best LB units led by Red Keith who has led the team in tackles each of the past three seasons. Central gave up some big numbers in pass defense last season (215 per game) and ranked 78th nationally. With three DB starters returning this may become an area of strength this fall. Tony Mikulec is a solid punter but new kick return specialists will be asked to step up quickly. Overall Central Michigan has the talent to win the MAC again but playing the most demanding schedule in the league this season may take its toll on an up and coming football program that is breaking in a new coaching staff.


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Mark it Down!
Central Michigan will beat Toledo for the third straight season. After losing ten in a row to the Rockets, the ‘Chips have won two straight in this series and should be able to earn the trifecta on September 8. CMU is 13-4 in home openers since 1990.


2007 CMU Schedule Analysis
Very difficult! The defending MAC champs will travel to Kansas, Purdue and Clemson this season while hosting Army and North Dakota State in OOC contests. NDSU beat Ball State last season and lost at Minnesota by one point so this game is not a lock. The crossover games are very difficult as CMU must travel to the top two teams in the MAC East, Akron and Kent State. Within the west, Central travels to Western and Ball State while hosting Toledo, NIU and Eastern.

Most Important Game
Traveling to Western Michigan on November 6. This is one of the most intense rivalry games within the MAC and a west divisional title and a bowl bid may be on the line. Central clubbed Western last season 31-7 so the Broncos have some added revenge on their mind.


2007 CMU Football Schedule

Opponent Prediction Opponent Preview
@ Kansas
2007 Kansas football preview
vs. Toledo
2007 Toledo football preview
@ Purdue
2007 Purdue football preview
vs. North Dakota State
vs. Northern Illinois
2007 NIU Huskies football preview
@ Ball State
2007 Ball St. football preview
vs. Army
@ Clemson
@ Kent State
2007 Kent football preview
@ Western Michigan
2007 WMU football preview
vs. Eastern Michigan
2007 EMU football preview
@ Akron
2007 Akron football preview


2007 CMU Prediction - 5-7 Overall, 3-4 MAC, 3-2 MAC West




published 07.16.2007