Game Notes: Central Michigan vs. Michigan State
Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
The Chippewas and Spartans line up across from one another at Spartan Stadium in 2009. CMU and Michigan State will collide at noon Saturday at Spartan Stadium.
The Matchup: Central Michigan vs. Michigan State

A CMU Win Over Michigan State Would …
… even the all-time series at 4-4.
… be the Chippewas’ fifth win all-time against a Big Ten Conference opponent.
… snap a five-game nonconference road losing streak.
… improve to 10-4 CMU’s record against in-state opponents since 2006.

The Series
Series Record: Michigan State leads, 4-3
Last Meeting: Central Michigan 29, Michigan State 27 (Sept. 12, 2009 at Michigan State)

• All eight meetings between CMU and Michigan State have been played at Spartan Stadium.
• The Chippewas won the first two meetings in the series (1991, 1992) before MSU won four straight.
• Michigan State has averaged 27.9 points per game in the seven previous meetings, while CMU has averaged 20.3 points per contest.
• The previous seven meetings between CMU and MSU:

9/14/91: CMU 20, MSU 3
9/12/92: CMU 24, MSU 20
9/25/93: MSU 48, CMU 34
10/3/98: MSU 38, CMU 7
9/8/01: MSU 35, CMU 21
9/11/04: MSU 24, CMU 7
9/12/09: CMU 29, MSU 27

“Celebrate the State” Series Kicks Off
Saturday’s game is the first in the 12-game “Celebrate the State” series announced in 2009. CMU, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan will each travel to Spartan Stadium three times between 2011-2020; in return, MSU will play once at the home site of each of the three Mid-American Conference programs. The Spartans’ first road game in the series is Sept. 8, 2012, when they visit CMU’s Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Coaching Staff Connections
Connections between the coaching staffs at CMU and Michigan State:
• CMU head coach Dan Enos served as an assistant under MSU head coach Mark Dantonio for six seasons (two at Cincinnati, four at Michigan State) before assuming the head post at CMU.
• Michigan State receivers coach Terrence Samuel spent the 2010 season as the receivers coach at CMU.
• Central Michigan passing game coordinator Morris Watts spent three different stints as the offensive coordinator at Michigan State. He also served as the Spartans’ interim head coach for the final three games of the 2002 season.
• CMU offensive graduate assistant Gino Guidugli, a four-year starter at quarterback for Cincinnati (2001-04), was a senior during Mark Dantonio’s first season as the head coach.

The Big Crowd is Here
Saturday’s attendance number is expected to rank among the top 10 crowds ever to watch a CMU football game. The top 10 crowds in CMU history:

Attendance     Site, Year
110,637     Michigan Stadium, 2003
108,712     Michigan Stadium, 2006
100,276     Beaver Stadium, 2005
92,746     Sanford Stadium, 2008
    Florida Field, 1997
81,000     Memorial Stadium, 2007
76,221     Spartan Stadium, 2009
73,879     Spartan Stadium, 2001
72,908     Spartan Stadium, 2004
71,629     Spartan Stadium, 1991

Billy Smith Selected Honorary Captain
The CMU football program is hosting former lettermen as honorary captains for each game this season. This week’s honorary captain is former running back Billy Smith, a 2008 inductee into the CMU Athletics Hall of Fame. Smith was a two-time All-MAC first team selection (1990, 1991) and posted a pair of 1,000-yard rushing seasons. He ran for 1,047 yards for the 1990 CMU team that won a MAC title, and he ranked eighth nationally in rushing (130.9 ypg) as a senior in 1991.

Central Michigan News and Notes

Youth Movement
• Of the 52 players listed on CMU’s offensive and defensive depth charts for Saturday’s game, 27 are either freshmen or sophomores. The Chippewas’ roster includes 69 players who are freshmen or sophomores.
• Just 14 seniors appear on CMU’s 2011 roster.
• Nineteen players made their collegiate debut in the season opening over South Carolina State.

CMU vs. the Big Ten, Part I
The Chippewas are 2-3 in their last five games against Big Ten opponents, with all five games decided by seven points or less. CMU is 4-20 all-time against the Big Ten, with wins over Michigan State (1991, 1992, 2009) and Indiana (2008).

CMU vs. the Big Ten, Part II
CMU is 4-20 all-time against the 11 current members of the Big Ten. The 2011 season marks the 14th consecutive year the Chippewas have played at least one Big Ten opponent. CMU vs. the current members of the Big Ten:

Indiana 1-3     Iowa 0-2     Michigan 0-3     Michigan State 3-4          
Minnesota 0-1     Northwestern 0-1     Penn State 0-1     Purdue 0-5          

CMU vs. the BCS AQ Conferences
CMU is 2-7 since the start of the 2008 season in road games against opponents from BCS automatic qualifying conferences. The Chippewas won at Indiana in 2008 and at Michigan State in 2009.

No Yellow for the Maroon and Gold
CMU did not commit a penalty in last weekend’s loss at Western Michigan. It was the Chippewas’ first penalty-free performance since Oct. 31, 2009 at Boston College. CMU lost that game as well, 31-10.

CMU Staff Participating in Coach to Cure MD
CMU’s coaching staff will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches this week to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. Fans are encouraged to donate online at  or donate $5 by texting CURE to 90999. This is the fourth year of the Coach to Cure MD program, which is a partnership between Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy and the American Football Coaches Association. The goal is to raise money and awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which is the most common fatal genetic disorder among boys worldwide.

Wilson Extends Receptions Streak
Junior receiver Cody Wilson has caught a pass in 22 consecutive games dating back to the 2009 season. He caught three passes for 46 yards last Saturday at Western Michigan.

Milestone Markers
• Ryan Radcliff needs 12 pass attempts to move into sixth on CMU’s career attempts list.
• Ryan Radcliff needs 4 touchdown pass to move into eighth on CMU’s career touchdown passes list.
• Ryan Radcliff needs 71 yards of total offense to move into ninth on CMU’s career total offense list and 72 yards to move into eighth.
• Cody Wilson needs 9 receptions to move into ninth on CMU’s career receptions list.

Experience Up Front
CMU’s projected starting five offensive linemen include a senior and four juniors who have combined for 84 career starts. Senior guard Rocky Weaver’s 30 career starts are the most of any current Chippewa.

Name     Starts
RG Rocky Weaver     30
RT Jake Olson     18
C Darren Keyton     14
LT Eric Fisher     14
LG Mike Repovz     8

CMU Schedule Notables
CMU will play one of the most unique schedules in the history of its program in 2011:
• CMU opened Mid-American Conference play at Western Michigan on Sept. 17, the first time since 1996 the Chippewas opened MAC play against the rival Broncos. It was the earliest calendar date for a CMU-WMU matchup since Sept. 8, 1979.
• CMU is the only team in the country with two three-game road trips on its 2011 schedule.
• CMU is one of just four teams (Colorado, Tulane, UAB) in the country scheduled to play its 12 regular-season games in 12 consecutive weeks.
• Six opponents on the 2011 schedule played in bowl games following the 2010 season, and a seventh—South Carolina State—competed in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

Chippewas Partner with Army National Guard
CMU will honor the 125th Infantry and 126th Calvary of the Michigan Army National Guard throughout the 2011 football season. The Chippewas will wear a special helmet sticker displaying the seals of the units, and CMU will carry the units’ flags onto the field prior to every home game this season. Members of the 125th and 126th, who are scheduled for deployment to Afghanistan later this fall, were recognized on the field during CMU’s season opener.