The Central Michigan Chippewas had their best win of the season last week against the Ohio Bobcats. The Chippewas played with emotion and heart in pulling off the 26-23 upset on the road. Central Michigan has won two straight games and is 2-1 in the conference. They have an opportunity to gain some more momentum this week. However, it will not be an easy task when the no. 23 ranked Northern Illinois Huskies come to town.
Central Michigan’s defense stepped up last week in the victory over Ohio. The Chippewas were able to force four turnovers and hold the Bobcats to 107 total yards rushing for the game. They will need to duplicate their efforts this weekend against a very potent Northern Illinois offense.
Northern Illinois is 21st in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 39.7 points per game. The Huskies have the ninth-ranked rushing offense in the country, averaging 282.7 yards per game. The Chippewas are yielding 177.5 rushing yards per game.
Central Michigan must use a ball control attack against Northern Illinois as the offense is not built for a shootout. The Chippewas are averaging 18.9 points per game and are 86th in the nation in passing, averaging 207.9 passing yards per game.
It has been the lack of effectiveness in the ground attack (132 rushing yards per game) that has made the Chippewas one-dimensional. This has put a lot of pressure on the offensive line, and Central Michigan has given up 22 sacks on the season.