The Central Michigan Chippewas (6-5, 5-2 MAC), under first year head coach John Bonamego, are coming off that key 6th win against the Kent State Golden Flashes, which ended 27-14. Cooper Rush looks to lead the Chips right past the Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-10, 0-7 MAC), throwing for 3,312 yards this year with 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
The Chips have aired the ball out all season, and they look to do this again in this game. Jessie Kroll has been right in the middle of the Chips aerial attack. On the season, Kroll has 57 receptions for 835 yards and four touchdowns. Kroll has also attempted to passes on the season and completed one for 40 yards.
EMU looks to upset the Chippewas after dropping nine straight. The Eagles have mostly stuck to their run game, opposite of the Chips, as they have arguably one of the best running backs in the MAC in Darius Jackson. Jackson, alone, has more rushing touchdowns then the entire Chippewa team with 13 on the season. Jackson is just 4 yards shy of 1,000 on the season, as he has carried the ball 193 times.
The Chips have struggled to run the ball all season long, but have found some running room near the end of the season. Jahray Hayes and Martez Walker have split the carries as they have 88 and 89 carries respectively. The Chips only have 11 rushing touchdowns on the season, and Rush has two of them. The Chips look to build up their running game before they learn their bowl opponent.
Eagles quarterback Brogan Roback has thrown for 2,098 yards (14 TD, 11 INT). His top target, Eddie Daugherty has 35 receptoins for 548 yards and four touchdowns. Dustin Creel has also been around, as he has caught 41 passes for 434 yards and six touchdowns.
The Chips have won the last three meetings against the Eagles, and own the series at 58-28-6. This rivalry game could go either way for each team.