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November 3, 2012

Staff predictions: Western Michigan

Corey Dull, Staff Writer

I'm going to keep it short this week. Both teams are reeling, but the Chippewas may have built a little momentum with a win last week and I think CMU senses that they can still make a run to a bowl game if they can get a win on Saturday. CMU and WMU are both going to try to run the pill and take pressure off their quarterback. These two teams are closely matched, so whoever wins the turnover battle could win the day. I like the Chippewas to pull away at the end.

Prediction: Central Michigan 28, Western Michigan 17

Jeff Horodeczny, Staff Writer

CMU ended their four game losing streak last weekend with a win over Akron. The Chippewas will look to keep their positive momentum this week against arch-rival Western Michigan. The Broncos enter this game with three wins and only one win in the MAC, the same as CMU. Western Michigan's stud quarterback Alex Carder, who has thrown for over 3,000 passing yards and over 30 touchdowns in each of the past two years has not played since their game against Connecticut because of a finger injury. Head Coach Bill Cubit has already ruled him out for this game. Tyler Van Tubbergen has done a nice job filling the void of Carder, throwing 666 yards in the past two games, but interceptions have hurt him. He has thrown 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season. Look for the CMU secondary to make big plays again this week, putting the CMU offense in good field position. On the offensive side of the ball for CMU, expect to see Zurlon Tipton carry the ball over 30 times again. The teams are evenly matched and it should be a close game. I expect playmakers like Titus Davis and Cody Wilson to make the difference in this game for the Chippewas.

Prediction: Central Michigan 41, Western Michigan 38

Steve Livingston, Publisher

This is another game where it hard for me to get a feel of how it will play out. If CMU can use the formula that they used when they are successful (run Tipton and use Radcliff to make big plays in the passing game), then they should pull this game out. If they get behind early, they could be in trouble. Two of the three games that CMU has lost in the MAC were against NIU and Toledo, two of the best three or four teams in the conference. I do not think that Western Michigan is in that class. I think that the Chippewas bring a little more energy to the table and they are at home in Kelly-Shorts, where the Broncos have only won one time since 1973. Chippewas get their fourth win of the season, giving Dan Enos his first set of back-to-back wins at CMU, as well as a career high in wins for a season with four.

Prediction: Central Michigan 31, Western Michigan 24

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