1955 Central Michigan Chippewas football team

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1955 Central Michigan Chippewas football
IIAC co-champion
Conference Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
1955 record 8–1 (5–1 IIAC)
Head coach Kenneth "Bill" Kelly (5th season)
MVP Bernie Raterink
Seasons
← 1954
1956 →
1955 IIAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Central Michigan + 5 1 0     8 1 0
Michigan State Normal 5 1 0     7 2 0
Southern Illinois + 4 1 1     4 4 2
Illinois State         3 4 2
Western Illinois 2 3 1     5 4 1
Eastern Illinois 1 5 0     3 6 0
Northern Illinois State 0 5 1     0 8 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1955 Central Michigan Chippewas football team represented Central Michigan College, renamed Central Michigan University in 1959, in the Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) during the 1955 college football season. In their fifth season under head coach Kenneth "Bill" Kelly, the Chippewas compiled an 8–1 record (5–1 against IIAC opponents), tied for the IIAC championship shut out three of nine opponents, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 327 to 79.[1]

The team's statistical leaders included Mike Sweeney with 302 passing yards, Bernie Raterink with 1,044 rushing yards, and Ray Sine with 140 receiving yards.[2] Raterink received the team's most valuable player award.[3] Four Central Michigan players (Raterink, guard Ray Figg, center Dick Kackmeister, and end Jarv Walz) received first-team honors on the All-IIAC team. Raterink was also named most valuable player in the IIAC.[4]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 10 Kansas State Teachers *W 33–0
September 24 Western Michigan (rivalry) *
W 27–12
October 1at Southern IllinoisL 13–14
October 8 Northern Illinois
  • Alumni Field
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
W 61–0
October 15 Western Illinois
  • Alumni Field
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
W 20–0
October 22at Illinois State NormalW 35–7
October 29at Wisconsin-Milwaukee *W 63–12
November 5at Michigan State Normal (rivalry)
W 27–20
November 12 Eastern Illinois
  • Alumni Field
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
W 48–14
  • *Non-conference game

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Central Michigan 2015 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Central Michigan University. 2015. pp. 100, 110. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  2. ^ 2015 Media Guide, pp. 88-89.
  3. ^ 2015 Media Guide, p. 95.
  4. ^ 2015 Media Guide, p. 96.

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