What is their body of work?
For a team with just two wins Central Michigan is scary. They took Syracuse to overtime and then beat NIU by two scores. They really just have one blowout loss this year and that came against Michigan State.
How many upper classmen on the two-deep?
Nine starters on Central Michigan's offense are upper classmen and eight of their defensive starters are juniors and seniors.
Who are their statistical leaders?
On offense Cooper Rush is third in most meaningful CMU record categories with an outside shot at getting into second place. On defense Kavon Frazier is already up to 59 tackles this season.
What is their turnover ratio?
The Chips are very close to even. Their average margin is -0.17 which is 77th nationally and ninth in the MAC. They have lost 3 fumbles and had five passes intercepted.
How is their QB play?
Rush is as good as most any quarterback in the MAC this season. through six games he is already at 1,700+ yards with a 12 TD to 5 interception ratio.
What was their scoring and yards per play?
24.8 offensive points per game, near the bottom of the MAC (11). They have 7.7 yards per pass attempt and Jahray Hayes is carrying for just over four yards per carry.
Can they run the ball?
They are a very pass heavy offense, only putting up 93 yards a game.
Do they pass the ball?
Cooper Rush and company average 301 yards passing per game.
How was their run/pass balance?
The lack of running yards is not for lack of trying. The throw the ball about six times out of ten.
Do they convert on 3rd Down?
Yes, nearly 45% of the time and that's good for 30th in college football.
Do they score in the red zone?
They score 92 percent of the time putting them among the top 20 in the Bowl subdivision.
Do they protect the quarterback?
Cooper rush hits the turf more than twice a game (10th in the MAC in sacks allowed)
Topline: Scoring Per game.
The Chips give up 25.7 points per game and
Do they defend the run effectively?
The chips give up 165 yards per game. That's 7th in the MAC and 69th in the nation.
Can they be passed on?
Opposing Quarterbacks have a 129 rating which is 8th in the MAC and 73rd nationally.
Do they get off the field on 3rd down?
34% of the time their opponents convert on 3rd down.
Do they defend in the red zone?
81% of the time a trip to the redzone means points. That puts the chips at 55th nationally.
Did they pressure the QB?
Less than one sack per game.
CMU is 11th in the MAC with a 35 yard net punt.
According to NCAA.org the chips have 0 yards returning punts this year.
Brian Eavey is averaging 1.67 field goals per game and is good 70% of the time.
CMU is giving up 24.5 yards per return which ranks them 111th in the naiton.
When taking a kickoff the Chips only return it 18 yards on average.
CMU just finished a streach of games that included Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. Buffalo is coming off of a weeks bye.