Affiliation: Mid-American Conference
Location: Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Stadium: Kelly/Shorts Stadium (capacity 30,255) … FieldTurf
Recent Results: MAC Champs in 2006 under Brian Kelly (Notre Dame) and again in 2007 and 2009 under Butch Jones (Cincinnati).
Head-to-Head Results: Saturday will be the first meeting between NC State and Central Michigan, however, TOB was 2-0 against the Chippewas during his tenure at Boston College.
Head Coach: Dan Enos (2nd season, 5-12) … Prior to CMU, Enos was coaching quarterbacks and running backs at his alma mater, Michigan State.
Returning Starters: 8 Offense, 6 Defense
Players to Watch:
QB Ryan Radcliff (#8, Jr.) is a pocket passer that is not scared to sling the ball around. He can put up yards, but he also throws a lot of interceptions. Last year he threw 17 TDs and 17 INTs. So far this year those numbers are 8 TDs and 6 INTs. He is coming off his best game of the season as last week against Northern Illinois he was 17-28 for 387 yards, 4 TDs, and 0 INTs.
WR Cody Wilson (#11, Jr.) is the Chippewas best playmaker at the receiver position. He led the team last year with 83 receptions for 1,137 yards and 5 TDs being named the team’s MVP. This year Radcliff is spreading the ball around a little more so Wilson’s production is down a little, but he is still the top target as he leads the team with 22 receptions for 244 yards and 1 TD.
SS Jahleel Addae (#5, Jr.) is a Florida athlete that has been the leader of the Chippewas defense so far this season. He leads the team in tackles (49), interceptions (3), forced fumbles (1), and fumble recoveries (1). He’s also second on the team in tackles for loss (2.5).
Offensive Summary: The Chippewas offense relies on passing the ball. Expect them to run a lot of spread and get the ball out of Radcliff’s hands quickly. For the Pack defense to stop the Chippewas they will have to get pressure on Radcliff with the front four. Also their offense relies a lot on the big play so we must cover and tackle better than we have in recent weeks.
Defensive Summary: The Chippewas defense is not very good. So far this year they have allowed 398.2 yards and 32.6 points per game, both in the bottom third in the country. They struggle against both the rush and the pass so expect the Pack to come out with a balanced offense and pile up the yards.
Prediction: After two ugly blowout losses, the Pack needs to come out and take care of business. TOB is in danger of losing this team and the NC State fan base so this is a must-win game. I think we finally come out ready to play, jump on the Chippewas early, and head into the bye week with a nice comfortable win.