The Matchup: Central Michigan vs. Virginia Tech
A CMU Win Over Virginia Tech Would …
… be the Chippewas’ first win against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent.
… mark the third straight year CMU has defeated an opponent from a BCS automatic qualifying conference.
… avoid CMU’s first 2-4 start since 2004.
Saturday’s game is the first meeting between CMU and Virginia Tech. The Chippewas are 0-5 all-time against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference: 0-3 vs. Boston College, 0-1 vs. Clemson and 0-1 vs. Virginia. CMU dropped a 31-10 decision at Boston College last season.
Chippewas in Familiar Territory
Dan Enos is the third straight CMU head coach to have a record of 2-3 five games into his CMU tenure. The Chippewas also opened 2-3 in their first seasons under both Brian Kelly (2004) and (2007).
Miller Makes His Return to Virginia
Center Colin Miller, whose father, Mark, wrestled at Virginia Tech, is the only Chippewa who hails from the state of Virginia. He was a high school teammate of Virginia Tech center Beau Warren at Centreville High School; both Miller and Warren earned all-state honors as seniors at Centreville. Miller is in his fourth season as the Chippewas’ starting center.
CMU vs. BCS Automatic Qualifiers
The Chippewas have defeated a team from a BCS automatic qualifying conference each of the last two years, winning at Indiana, 37-34, in 2008 and at Michigan St., 29-27, in 2009. CMU is 2-5 in games against teams from BCS automatic qualifying conferences since the start of the 2008 season.
CMU Offense, Defense Rank Among MAC Leaders
CMU is the only MAC team to rank in the top four in the conference in scoring, scoring defense, total yards and yards allowed.
||1st / 417.2 ypg|
|Scoring Offense||3rd / 27.4 ppg|
||4th / 323.4 ypg|
|Scoring Defense||1st / 17.6 ppg|
2010 Schedule Features Six Bowl Teams
CMU’s schedule includes six opponents that played in bowl games following the 2009 season. The Chippewas will play five of those opponents—Temple, Northwestern, Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois and Navy—on the road. The only 2009 bowl participant to visit CMU will be Bowling Green.
Spreading the Ball Around
Ryan Radcliff has completed 114 passes through five games, and his 22.8 completions per game average is tied for 16th nationally. He already is just 53 completions shy of 10th place on CMU’s career completions list. Seven different Chippewas have caught at least 10 passes already in 2010.
Dan Savu Selected Honorary Captain
The CMU football program is hosting former lettermen as honorary captains for each game in 2010. This week’s honorary captain is Dan Savu, a 1972 letterman as a utility back. Originally from Dearborn, Savu currently resides in North Carolina.
Blackburn Breaks Out vs. Ball State
Junior tight end David Blackburn has had the two best receiving days of his career in the Chippewas’ last two games against Ball State. Last season, Blackburn caught the first two touchdown passes of his career in the Chippewas’ 35-3 win. In last weekend’s 31-17 loss to Ball State, Blackburn set career highs in receptions (seven) and receiving yards (89) while also snagging his third career touchdown.
Blocked Field Goal a Rarity for CMU
When Northwestern’s Jack DiNardo blocked David Harman’s 40-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter on Sept. 25, it marked the first time since 2001 that the Chippewas had a field goal blocked. Northern Illinois’ Anthony Falbo blocked a 38-yard attempt by Paul Savich in a 33-24 NIU victory on Oct. 27, 2001.
Deromedi to Vote in Harris Poll
Former CMU head coach and director of athletics Herb Deromedi has been selected to the voting panel for the 2010 Harris Poll, one of three components used in determining the Bowl Championship Series standings. Deromedi, a 2008 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, is one of 114 members of the voting panel, which includes former coaches, student-athletes and college administrators as well as current and former media members. The first Harris Poll will be released October 10.
Bellore Extends Starting Streak to 46 Games
Senior linebacker Nick Bellore has started every game of his career, a streak of 46 consecutive starts. The NCAA Bowl Subdivision record for consecutive games started is 54 by Hawaii’s John Estes (2006-09). Former CMU offensive lineman Andrew Hartline shares the third longest streak with 52 straight starts from 2005-08.
Bellore Leads Nation in Total Tackles
• Nick Bellore enters Saturday’s game with 414 career tackles, the most of any active player in the Bowl Subdivision. Michigan State’s Greg Jones is second with 400 career stops.
• Bellore enters the game 76 tackles shy of Brian Leigeb’s school record of 490 career tackles.
• Bellore has tallied 10 or more tackles in a game 21 times in his career, including a career-high 16 stops on three different occasions.