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2017 Central Michigan Chippewas Football: Schedule and Basic Information

After a promising start, the Chippewas fizzled to finish 2016

NCAA Football: Central Michigan at Northern Illinois Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

As we finish up July, I am going to be putting up a quick fact sheet and schedule for each team in our beloved Mid-American conference. Bookmark it and use it as a cheat sheet for the season, I know I will.

The Chippewas had one of the plays of the year in all of college football last season. Their Hail Mary to beat Oklahoma State is the stuff of legends. They won their first three games, and eventually started the season 5-2 before losing 5 of their last 6, including a drubbing by Tulsa in the Miami Beach Bowl. The good news is they return 16 starters off of a team that went 6-7.


Central Michigan Chippewas Cheat Sheet

  • Head Coach: John Bonamego, 3rd season. 13-13 at Central Michigan.
  • 2016 Record: 6-7
  • 2017 Schedule:

Thu, Aug. 31, Rhode Island Rams

Sat, Sept. 9, at Kansas Jayhawks

Sat, Sept. 16, at Syracuse Orange

Sat, Sept. 23, Miami RedHawks

Sat, Sept. 30, at Boston College Eagles

Sat, Oct, 7, at Ohio Bobcats

Sat, Oct. 14, Toledo Rockets

Sat, Oct. 21, at Ball State Cardinals

Wed, Nov. 1, at Western Michigan Broncos

Wed, Nov. 8, Eastern Michigan Eagles

Tue, Nov. 14, at Kent State State Golden Flashes

Fri, Nov. 24, Northern Illinois Huskies

  • Returning Starters:

Offense: 8

Defense: 8

Kickers: 2

  • Key Returnees

Devon Spalding, Sr., RB: Ran for 758 yards last season on 138 attempts, for a 5.5 average.

Corey Willis, Jr., WR: Caught 72 passes for 1091 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2016. Second team All-MAC in 2016.

Malik Fountain, Jr., LB: 92 total tackles and First Team All-MAC in 2016.

Amari Coleman, Sr., CB: First Team All-MAC in 2016. Had 4 interceptions that he returned for 91 yards and broke up 15 passes last season.


News and Notes

  • Coach Bonamego still hasn’t named a starting quarterback for the season opener. Three players are in the mix. Shane Morris, a graduate transfer from Michigan, Tony Poljan, a redshirt freshman, and Tony Lazzaro, last season’s backup.
  • Mike Gundy still isn’t over the CMU loss from last season, and continues to talk about it almost a full year later.