Monday, August 25, 2008

One Week Prior Prediction

What Could and Should be for WMU
Mr. W

8/25/08 9:54 PM

There are 6 days left until kickoff of the first Saturday of College Football and the wires are filled with predictions, must sees, and sure bets. It is nice to see the MAC get some well deserved coverage, even if everyone says CMU already has the MAC championship wrapped up. All signs point to Ball State being the only challenger for the CMU. We will see. WMU leads up to Central with a pretty light schedule bar the Nebraska game. Other than the Huskers, the biggest challenge will be Ohio on home coming weekend. Prior to this game the Broncos face a the bottom of last years WAC conference in Idaho and also a lowly Tennessee Tech team before heading into their conference play against perennial MAC bottom feeders Buffalo and Temple. However, both of these teams have made strides in the past two seasons under the helm of new head coaches and may be poised to bring more than expected to the grid iron this year.

Western Michigan starts the season against a team with a storied past and grand football tradition in Nebraska. Yet this is also a Nebraska team that escaped embarrassment last year in their first contest against another MAC foe narrowly beating Ball State 41- 40. There is a chance for quite a momentum builder For the Broncos by taking this first game of the season. Another great opportunity will be when facing the Big Ten’s Illinois who will be coming off a bye week on which they may have spent more time preparing for the next weeks opponent, Ohio State. This forward looking may cause the Illini to underestimate the Broncos, especially if the run defense returns to its former self. If at this point in the season the Broncos are doing as well as they should be, they will face a Ball State team coming off a hard fought game against the Chippewas and WMU could be poised for yet another victory helped by circumstance and their own momentum.

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