The question could live on forever: Which Michigan directional university hoists the title of the best football team?
Well, let's recap last year's results for each team:
Central Michigan- 7-6 (MAC 4-4) 4th in MAC West; won Little Caesars Bowl vs. Western Kentucky
Eastern Michigan- 2-10 (MAC 1-7) 6th in MAC West; no bowl game
Western Michigan 4-8 (MAC 2-6) 5th in MAC West; no bowl game
You don't have to have a PhD to understand that, according to last year's results, Central Michigan is the victor of the Battle of the Directionals. BUT, this upcoming season could be totally different.
Unfortunately, I do not foresee the Eagles making a push for the MAC West title this year. Ron English has a lot on his hands, and it'll take a few years before he can turn Eastern Michigan Football around.
It seems as though Central Michigan is taking the necessary steps to program revival. Ever since Dan LeFevour graduated, the Chips haven't competed for the MAC title. Although the Chippewa faithful may not have faith in Dan Enos controlling the team, but he has surpassed the dreaded "losing season syndrome(LSS)." My only concern for the Chips is their quarterback, and the need to fill the void left by S Jahleel Addae. Addae was not just a phenomenal safety for the Chippewa defense, but he was the leader, and someone else on that defense will have to step up and become the leader. But, I do believe that this season, Central Michigan will be challenged by their neighbors to the southwest.
A new head coach is always a reason to get your hopes up. And rightfully so, Bronco fans because PJ Fleck is here to turn things around. Fleck has brought something with him to Kalamazoo, because he's getting a lot of interest from recruits all over the country. He is recruiting well and often, and solid recruiting is always the foundation of winning programs. Coach Fleck's new team will be put to the test right away on August 30, against in-state Michigan State. But, for Bronco fans, you have a lot to look forward to. Even though it's early, Western Michigan's 2014 recruiting class has been ranked in the top 30. These recruiting site rankings aren't always the most accurate ranking systems, but the top 30 is still miles away from the next MAC school in the list. And, now the players seem to be even more motivated by their new coach. Even though Fleck's alma mater is Northern Illinois, I'm sure he can't wait to take over the reigns of the MAC West from the Huskies.
In conclusion, I believe that Western Michigan will challenge, if not surpass, Central Michigan for the title of "#1 Michigan Directional School", while Eastern Michigan rallies the troops once again.