2017 Central Michigan Chippewas football team

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2017 Central Michigan Chippewas football
Central Michigan Chippewas logo.svg
ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionWest Division
2017 record8–5 (6–2 MAC)
Head coachJohn Bonamego (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorChris Ostrowsky (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorGreg Colby (3rd season)
Home stadiumKelly/Shorts Stadium
(Capacity: 32,885)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Akron xy   6 2         7 7  
Ohio   5 3         9 4  
Miami   4 4         5 7  
Buffalo   4 4         6 6  
Bowling Green   2 6         2 10  
Kent State   1 7         2 10  
West Division
Toledo xy$   7 1         11 3  
Central Michigan   6 2         8 5  
Northern Illinois   6 2         8 5  
Western Michigan   4 4         6 6  
Eastern Michigan   3 5         5 7  
Ball State   0 8         2 10  
Championship: Toledo 45, Akron 28
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of December 3, 2017; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Central Michigan Chippewas football team represented Central Michigan University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by third-year head coach John Bonamego and played their home games at Kelly/Shorts Stadium as members of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 8–5, 6–2 in MAC play to finish in a tie for second place in the West Division. They received an invitation to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl where they lost to Wyoming.

Previous season[edit]

The Chippewas finished the 2016 season 6–7, 3–5 to finish in fifth place in the MAC West. They received an invitation to the Miami Beach Bowl where they were blown out by Tulsa 55–10.

Preseason[edit]

Central Michigan was picked to finish in fifth place in the MAC West Division in a preseason poll of league media.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 7:00 p.m. Rhode Island* Kelly/Shorts StadiumMount Pleasant, MI ESPN3 W 30–27 3OT  16,311
September 9 3:00 p.m. at Kansas* Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS FSN W 45–27   28,531
September 16 3:30 p.m. at Syracuse* Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY ACCN Extra L 17–41   33,004
September 23 3:30 p.m. Miami (OH) Kelly/Shorts Stadium • Mount Pleasant, MI ESPN3 L 14–31   17,193
September 30 1:00 p.m. at Boston College* Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA ACCN Extra L 8–28   27,036
October 7 2:00 p.m. at Ohio Peden StadiumAthens, OH ESPN3 W 26–23   23,570
October 14 3:30 p.m. Toledodagger Kelly/Shorts Stadium • Mount Pleasant, MI ESPN3 L 10–30   15,572
October 21 3:00 p.m. at Ball State Scheumann StadiumMuncie, IN ESPN3 W 56–9   15,850
November 1 8:00 p.m. at Western Michigan Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, MI (Michigan MAC Trophy/Victory Cannon) ESPN2 W 35–28   11,776
November 8 8:00 p.m. Eastern Michigan Kelly/Shorts Stadium • Mount Pleasant, MI (Michigan MAC Trophy) ESPNU W 42–30   9,700
November 14 7:00 p.m. at Kent State Dix StadiumKent, OH ESPNU W 42–23   5,580
November 24 12:00 p.m. Northern Illinois Kelly/Shorts Stadium • Mount Pleasant, MI CBSSN W 31–24   8,744
December 22 4:00 p.m. vs. Wyoming* Albertsons StadiumBoise, ID (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl) ESPN L 14–37   16,512
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Game summaries[edit]

Rhode Island[edit]

1 2 3 4OT2OT3OT Total
Rams 0 0 7 14303 27
Chippewas 0 13 0 8306 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Kansas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chippewas 0 24 7 14 45
Jayhawks 3 3 14 7 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 2007 KAN, 52–7

at Syracuse[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chippewas 10 7 0 0 17
Orange 10 14 17 0 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–3 1999 SYR, 47–7

Miami (OH)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
RedHawks 14 14 3 0 31
Chippewas 0 14 0 0 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–13–1 2016 MIA, 37–17

at Boston College[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chippewas 2 6 0 0 8
Eagles 14 7 7 0 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–3 2002 BC, 43–0

at Ohio[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chippewas 7 6 6 7 26
Bobcats 7 7 0 9 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
24–5–2 2016 CMU, 27–20

Toledo[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rockets 7 10 0 13 30
Chippewas 0 0 3 7 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–24–3 2016 TOL, 31–17

at Ball State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chippewas 7 21 7 21 56
Cardinals 3 3 3 0 9
Overall record Last meeting Result
24–24–1 2016 CMU, 24–21

at Western Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chippewas 7 0 7 21 35
Broncos 14 7 7 0 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
37–48–2 2016 WMU, 49–10

In an increasingly heavy downpour in Kalamazoo, the Chips avenged their 49-10 loss to the Broncos the year before. During the battle between the two bitter in-state rivals, the Chippewas fell behind 28-14 in the 3rd quarter. The Chips then staged a dramatic comeback in the 4th quarter, scoring 21 unanswered points, capped off by Shane Morris’ 77 yard touchdown pass to Corey Willis with 2:37 left in the game to defeat the Broncos for the first time since 2013 by a score of 35-28.

Eastern Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 7 10 0 13 30
Chippewas 14 14 7 7 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
59–29–6 2016 EMU, 26–21

at Kent State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chippewas 7 21 0 14 42
Golden Flashes 3 14 0 6 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
23–11 2016 KENT, 27–24

Northern Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 14 3 0 7 24
Chippewas 0 0 17 14 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
28–23–1 2016 CMU, 34–283OT

vs. Wyoming–Famous Idaho Potato Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chippewas 7 0 7 0 14
Cowboys 21 6 3 7 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2002 CMU, 32–20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MAC Football 2017: Toledo, Ohio University picked as division winners in preseason poll". cleveland.com. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  2. ^ 2017 Central Michigan Chippewas football schedule 'FBSchedules.com'. Accessed April 14, 2017.