For the Central Michigan Chippewas and the Miami (OH) RedHawks, the 2013 season has proven to be a year filled with misfortune. The Chippewas are 1-4 overall and the RedHawks are winless at 0-4. On Saturday, one team will be able to celebrate a victory and get the monkey off of their back when they face each other in a MAC matchup.
Central Michigan has failed to move forward after Week 1 injuries to starting quarterback Cody Kater and star running back Zurlon Tipton. The Chippewas are 114th in the nation in scoring offense averaging 17 points per game. The Chippewas have struggled behind an inexperienced offensive line that has failed to open up holes for the running game (109th in the nation ) and has yielded 15 sacks through five games. If the Chippewas are to have success on Saturday, they must be aggressive in their play calling. Head coach Dan Enos must challenge a RedHawk defense that is giving up 39.3 points per game (117th in the nation). The RedHawks have been atrocious in both pass defense (295.8 passing yards per game) and rushing defense (263.25 rushing yards per game) this season.
Miami (OH) will need a better offensive output against Central Michigan and will need to show ingenuity with their play calling. The team is 124th in the country averaging 8.8 points per game and showed signs of getting off of life support in last week’s blowout loss to Illinois by scoring 14 points. The RedHawks are averaging 90.8 passing yards per game and 83.8 rushing yards per game. The Redhawks should be optimistic facing a Chippewas defense that has given up 39.4 points per game. RedHawks quarterback Austin Boucher is completing 43.1 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Boucher should try and stretch the field against a Central Michigan secondary giving up 229.4 passing yards per game.
The game could come down to turnovers. Central Michigan is a -4 in turnover margin while Miami (OH) has been very aggressive in creating turnovers with a +4 in turnover margin.
Game time is set for 1:00 pm at Miami (OH).