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2008 Central Michigan Chippewas Football Preview

2008 Central Michigan Chippewas season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Central Michigan Chippewas football preview as well as the 2008 Central Michigan Chippewas Football Schedule. Get Free football predictions against the sportsbooks college football betting line.

Coach: Butch Jones (2nd year at Central Michigan)
Team Name: Chippewas
2007 Overall Record: 8-6
Returning Starters: 16

The Central Michigan Chippewas (8-6 overall, 7-1 MAC West) finished first in the MAC West and then defeated the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks 35-10 for the conference championship. The Chippewas played the Purdue Boilermakers in the Motor City Bowl, losing 48-51.

In 2007, Central Michigan proved that they could rack up points. Quarterback Dan LeFevour, now entering his junior season, is an exceptional talent. LeFevour passed for 3,652 yards and 27 touchdowns while giving up 13 picks. He also carried the ball 188 times, gaining 1,122 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns. There’s talent in the receiving ranks with sophomore Antonio Brown (102 REC, 1,003 YDS, 6 TDs) and junior Bryan Anderson (90 REC, 10 TDs) being the two best pass catchers on the team.

On the other hand, the defense sometimes looked like Swiss cheese there were so many holes in it. Opponents averaged 36.9 PPG, ranking Central Michigan’s “D” 111th nationally. They were especially ineffective versus the pass, giving up 303.5 YPG, placing them 118th. The frontline is sound and effective. DE Frank Zombo (7.5 sacks), a junior, leads a line that ably pressures passers. The linebackers are also very fine and are led by sophomore Nick Bellore (102 tackles, 42 solo). The secondary needs a ton of work. Adjustments have been made and will hopefully be effective.

Eight wins are certainly attainable, while 11 are not out of the question. September 6 against Georgia looks like a sure loss. Three tossups are included in the club’s schedule. On September 20, Central Michigan visits Purdue for a game that’s too tough to call. Then in November, the team travels to Indiana and on the 1st, Ball State visits on the 19th.

This team could win its third-straight MAC title. No team has done that in the past 15 years. Head coach Butch Jones (8-6 one year) is a smart recruiter and fine developer of talent. He’s worked to improve the defense and expand the talent on offense. The “D” will be better but not spectacular, while the offense should be explosive.

Central Michigan Chippewas Football Schedule

Date
Opponent
Home/Away
Aug 28
E Illinois
Home
Sep 6
Georgia
Away
Sep 13
Ohio
Away
Sep 20
Purdue
Away
Sep 27
Buffalo
Home
Oct 11
Temple
Home
Oct 18
Western Michigan
Home
Oct 25
Toledo
Away
Nov 1
Indiana
Away
Nov 12
Northern Illinois
Away
Nov 19
Ball State
Home
Nov 28
Eastern Michigan
Away

 

For more info on the 2008 Central Michigan Chippewas football program, view the Chippewas website or read up on the rest of the non BCS ncaa football teams below.

 

2008 Non BCS Football Team Previews

Here is where we list some other teams from non bcs conferences. Each link gives our individual team preview for the college. Coverage includes teams from the WAC, Mountain West, Conference USA, & Independents. For all BCS teams visit our 2008 college football preview page.

Is this the year a Mountain West team like Utah, TCU, or BYU are BCS busters? Or is a WAC school like Boise State or Pat Hill's Bulldogs going to steal a spot from a major conference. For a more broad look at these teams view the Non BCS Conference Teams Preview page of Maddux Sports.


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