Central Michigan Chippewas Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

Central Michigan College Football Preview 2022: Team breakdown, season prediction, keys to the campaign, and what you need to know

Central Michigan Chippewas Preview 2022: Previewing, predicting, and looking ahead to the Central Michigan season with what you need to know and keys to the season.


Contact/Follow @ColFootballNews & @PeteFiutak

[mm-video type=playlist id=01f1343a1wt7q817p7 player_id=none image=https://collegefootballnews.com/wp-content/plugins/mm-video/images/playlist-icon.png]

Central Michigan Chippewas Preview
Head Coach: Jim McElawin, 3rd year at CMU, 20-13
9th year overall, 64-40, 2021 CMU Preview
2021 Record: Overall: 9-4, Conference: 6-2
Keys To The Season | Season Prediction, What Will Happen
Central Michigan Top 10 Players | Schedule 

Central Michigan Chippewas Preview 2022

This is going well under head coach Jim McElwain.

He might have had a rough landing as he got bounced out from the Florida job, but he got the Gators to two straight SEC Championship games.

In his three years at CMU he and the program won at least a share of two division titles, went to two bowls, and has a solid 20-13 record overall and a 15-7 clip in conference.

No, he and the Chippewas haven’t been able to take that extra step and win the conference title, and that’s going to be a whole lot harder to do this year.

The team is good, the coaching is great, but the success has been a slight problem as teams have poached the program for some of the top talents, especially on defense. Combine that with the NFL losses on the offensive line, and this isn’t going to be easy.

Rebuilding isn’t all that new, though, for Central Michigan and McElwain. The team will still be a player in the MAC race.

Central Michigan Chippewas Preview 2022: Offense

The offense managed to crank up enough to efficiently get the job done. The Chippewas were 24th in the nation in total offense, the running game was good, the passing attack was the second-best in the MAC, and the production was steady over the second half of the season. But …

The offensive line loses some massive parts. The interior is good with decent size and depth, but you don’t get better after losing tackles the caliber of Bernhard Raimann (Indianapolis Colts) and Luke Goedeke (Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

The backfield gets back leading rusher Lew Nichols – he ran for 1,848 yards and 16 touchdowns – and welcomes back Kobe Lewis from a knee injury that cost him last season.

Veteran QB Daniel Richardson isn’t too much of a runner, but he was terrific as he grew into the job as a passer last season, throwing for 2,583 yards and 24 touchdowns with just six picks. Now he needs more options to throw to.

Leading receiver Kalil Pimpleton is off trying to become a Detroit Lion and JaCorey Sullivan is gone, but Dallas Dixon is back after making 45 catches for 701 yards and eight scores. Junior Joel Wilson will once again be one of the MAC’s best pass-catching tight ends.

Central Michigan Chippewas Preview 2022: Defense

The defense got poached, and it’s going to hurt. Star safety Devonni Reed (South Carolina), LB Troy Brown (Ole Miss), and LB George Douglas (SMU) are gone along with leading tackler Greg Kreski and top pass rushers Troy Hairston (Houston Texans) and Amir Saddiq (Charlotte).

The D was the best in the nation at coming up with tackles for loss and was fourth in sacks. It led the MAC against the run, but it was hammered through the air. On the plus side …

The secondary has enough experience to potentially be okay. At the very least, the veteran corners are in place and the safeties have good size – even if they’re a little green. They all need help from the defensive front that has to rotate in new parts. There’s decent size in the interior, and the new ends are hybrids who’ll keep on coming.

The linebacking corps is undergoing the biggest overhaul. Sophomore Kyle Moretti is a 230-pound sophomore who made 48 tackles, sophomore Justin Whiteside got in enough work to be ready, but the developed depth isn’t there.

Keys To The Season | Season Prediction, What Will Happen
Central Michigan Top 10 Players | Schedule 

Central Michigan Chippewas: Keys To The Season, Top Game, Top Transfer, Fun Stats NEXT

Central Michigan Chippewas Top 10 Players: College Football Preview 2022

Who are the top 10 Central Michigan players going into the 2022 college football season?

Central Michigan Chippewas Preview 2022: Who are the top 10 players going into the season?


Contact/Follow @ColFootballNews & @PeteFiutak

[mm-video type=playlist id=01f1343a1wt7q817p7 player_id=none image=https://collegefootballnews.com/wp-content/plugins/mm-video/images/playlist-icon.png]

Central Michigan Chippewas Preview 
Offense, Defense Breakdown | Keys To The Season
Season Prediction, What Will HappenSchedule  

College Football Rankings, Season Predictions: MAC Spring Version 2022

MAC college football rankings and predictions with realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis – the 2022 spring version.

MAC college football rankings and predictions with the realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis – the 2022 spring version.


[mm-video type=playlist id=01f1343a1wt7q817p7 player_id=none image=https://collegefootballnews.com/wp-content/plugins/mm-video/images/playlist-icon.png]

It’s the MAC. It’s the conference where worst-to-first is the norm, with 2020 winless Northern Illinois winning the MAC championship in 2021, everyone can beat anyone else, and Toledo will end up somewhere in the middle of it all.

It’s about as settled as the league has been in a long time with the strength still in the West, Buffalo about to be better in the East, and with Akron and Bowling Green still questionable.

Again, though, it’s the MAC. The Zips or Falcons could end up in Detroit in January playing for the title.

The rankings are based on how good the teams should be and not the final projected records. Keeping in mind that this all could/might/will change when we make the final calls in August …

2022 College Football Schedules By Teams: All 131 Schools

Toledo vs Central Michigan College Basketball Prediction, Game Preview

Toledo vs Central Michigan prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Thursday.

Toledo vs Central Michigan prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Thursday, March 10


Toledo vs Central Michigan How To Watch

Date: Thursday, March 10
Game Time: 11:00 ET
Venue: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland, OH
How To Watch: ESPN+
Record: Toledo (25-6), Central Michigan (7-22)
Sign up and live stream college basketball on ESPN+
Today’s Best Bet to Lock in Now

[mm-video type=playlist id=01f1343a1wt7q817p7 player_id=none image=https://collegefootballnews.com/wp-content/plugins/mm-video/images/playlist-icon.png]

All of the CFN Fearless Predictions

Toledo vs Central Michigan Game Preview, MAC Tournament


Why Central Michigan Will Win

It’s been a rough run for the Chippewas with eight losses in the last ninth games in the midst of an ugly season, but they pushed a strong Toledo team in a 68-66 loss in mid-February.

The defense isn’t all that bad at forcing mistakes, and the offense works as long as the backcourt is doing a good job of spreading the ball around and doing things quickly. Toledo’s defense doesn’t force mistakes and come up with turnovers, but …

– Latest Polls AP | Coaches

Why Toledo Will Win

Central Michigan doesn’t do enough on defense to keep up.

The offense isn’t totally miserable. It’s not dangerous from the outside and it doesn’t do any one thing all that well, but the defenses allows teams to average 77 points per game and hit 41% of their shots – Toledo can shoot.

More than anything else, the Rockets should own the boards. Central Michigan can’t and doesn’t rebound, but it did in the second meeting and still lost. It was closer, but it still wasn’t enough.

Top 25 Game Previews, Predictions

Toledo vs Central Michigan: What’s Going To Happen

Toledo is on a five game winning streak because it’s making everything.

It’s hitting close to 55% from the field over the second half of the season and that’s not stopping against this Central Michigan defense.

Toledo vs Central Michigan Prediction, Lines

Toledo 83, Central Michigan 66
Line: COMING, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence out of 5: COMING

CFN Latest NFL Mock Draft: Post-Combine

Must See Rating: BBBBBBB

5: Calvin Ridley’s suspension
1: The NFL bombardment of gambling ads

[protected-iframe id=”361699434b6d70baf15f631ed2408ac1-97672683-92922408″ info=”https://www.googletagservices.com/tag/js/gpt.js” ]

2022 College Football Schedules: All 131 Teams

Washington State vs Central Michigan: Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Prediction, Game Preview

Washington State vs Central Michigan: Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might or might not win.

Washington State vs Central Michigan: Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch 


Washington State vs Central Michigan: Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl How To Watch

Date: Friday, December 31
Game Time: 12:30 pm ET
Venue: Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX
How To Watch: CBS
Records: Central Michigan (8-4), Washington State (7-5)

CFN Predictions | Bowl Schedule

[mm-video type=playlist id=01f1343a1wt7q817p7 player_id=none image=https://collegefootballnews.com/wp-content/plugins/mm-video/images/playlist-icon.png]

Washington State vs Central Michigan Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Preview

Central Michigan paid its ticket for the Arizona Bowl and it got an upgrade. Boise State couldn’t go, to the Chippewas moved from Tucson over to El Paso to get a shot at a Washington State team that’s had a wild and fun ride to get here.

The Cougars fought through their own adversity to win three of their last four games and six of their last eight. After all of the drama with former head coach Nick Rolovich, Washington State kept on winning, and it rewarded its coach by making Jake Dickert the full-time head man.

– The Cougars are going to throw and throw some more, but it’s all to control the clock and the tempo – they led the Pac-12 in time of possession.

The Chippewas are a whole lot of fun. They make big plays.

They make big plays on offense with the MAC’s second-best passing game. They make big plays on defense with the most sacks and plays in the backfield by anyone in the conference. They make big plays on special teams with the nation’s best punt return game.

Why Washington State, Central Michigan Will Win
Prediction, What’s Going To Happen, History
Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Top Players To Know

NEXT: Why Washington State Will Win, Why Central Michigan Will Win, Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Prediction

Eastern Michigan vs Central Michigan Prediction, Game Preview

Eastern Michigan vs Central Michigan prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win this Friday.

Eastern Michigan vs Central Michigan prediction, game preview, how to watch: Friday, November 26


Eastern Michigan vs Central Michigan How To Watch

Date: Friday, November 26
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Kelly/Shorts Stadium, Mount Pleasant, MI
How To Watch: ESPNU
Record: Eastern Michigan (7-4), Central Michigan (7-4)
Sign up and live stream college football on ESPN+
Today’s Best Bet to Lock in Now

[mm-video type=playlist id=01f1343a1wt7q817p7 player_id=none image=https://collegefootballnews.com/wp-content/plugins/mm-video/images/playlist-icon.png]

All of the CFN Fearless Predictions

Eastern Michigan vs Central Michigan Game Preview


Why Eastern Michigan Will Win

Is that really the Eastern Michigan running game?

The passing attack has been great throughout the season with the ground game along for the ride. In the stunning 22-21 win over Western Michigan two weeks ago, former UCF RB Jawon Hamilton ran for 187 yards as the team came up with a season-high 255 yards.

Central Michigan’s run D has been fine, but it gives up plenty of yards through the air. Eastern Michigan’s offense should be balanced, but …

College Football Expert Picks, CFN Week 13

Why Central Michigan Will Win

The Central Michigan O has been dominant.

The 39-38 loss to Northern Illinois was the killer for MAC West title hopes, but the Chippewas have won five of their other six games since early October with 200 yards both on the ground and through the air over the last two weeks.

Eastern Michigan doesn’t generate enough consistent pressure, the defense isn’t good on third downs, and …

NFL Expert Picks, CFN Week 12

What’s Going To Happen

Central Michigan will close out with a bang, making a statement that it might just be the second-best team in the MAC if Northern Illinois goes on to win the MAC Championship.

Both teams are bowl eligible with solid seven-win seasons – NIU is currently the only other MAC team with seven or more wins – so the pressure is off. This is just for a little bit if in-state MAC pride.

Central Michigan’s offense will be more effective, but the Eastern Michigan passing attack will make this a whole lot of fun.

College Football Schedule: Week 13 Predictions, Lines

Eastern Michigan vs Central Michigan Prediction, Lines

Central Michigan 38, Eastern Michigan 30
Line: Central Michigan -8.5, o/u: 63.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

Must See Rating: 3

5: The Times and Life of Shawn Carter: Official Video of JAY-Z’s 2021 Rock Hall Induction
1: “Why don’t we have Thanksgiving food the rest of the year?”

[protected-iframe id=”361699434b6d70baf15f631ed2408ac1-97672683-92922408″ info=”https://www.googletagservices.com/tag/js/gpt.js” ]

Week 13 Schedule | CFN Expert Picks
Rankings AP | Coaches | CFN 1-130 Rankings
8 Teams In Playoff Chase | CFP Top 25 Prediction
Bowl Projections |  Bowl Bubble

MAC Football Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, How To Watch: Week 12

MAC Week 12 college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings. Toledo at Ohio, Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green at Miami University, Northern Illinois at Buffalo, Central Michigan at Ball State, Kent State at Akron

MAC football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings for Week 12 of the season.


[mm-video type=playlist id=01f1343a1wt7q817p7 player_id=none image=https://collegefootballnews.com/wp-content/plugins/mm-video/images/playlist-icon.png]

Click on each game for game preview & prediction

MAC Results So Far
SU: 67-19, ATS: 47-36, Point Total: 44-39-2

Tuesday, November 16

Toledo at Ohio

7:00, ESPN+
Line: Toledo -7, o/u: 54.5

Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan

7:30, ESPN2
Line: Western Michigan -5.5, o/u: 66

Bowling Green at Miami University

8:00, ESPNU
Line: Miami University -17, o/u: 51.5

Week 12 Schedule, Predictions, Game Times

Wednesday, November 17

Northern Illinois at Buffalo

7:00, ESPN2
Line: Northern Illinois -1.5, o/u: 62.5

Central Michigan at Ball State

7:00, ESPNU
Line: Ball State -1.5, o/u: 61

Saturday, November 20

Kent State at Akron

12:00, ESPN+
Line: Kent State -13.5, o/u: 75

College Football Expert Picks, CFN Week 12

[protected-iframe id=”361699434b6d70baf15f631ed2408ac1-97672683-92922408″ info=”https://www.googletagservices.com/tag/js/gpt.js” ]

Fearless Predictions of Every Game
Bowl Projections | Rankings

Central Michigan vs Ball State Prediction, Game Preview

Central Michigan vs Ball State prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Wednesday night

Central Michigan vs Ball State prediction, game preview, how to watch: Wednesday, November 17


Central Michigan vs Ball State How To Watch

Date: Wednesday, November 17
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Scheumann Stadium, Muncie, IN
How To Watch: ESPNU
Record: Central Michigan (6-4), Ball State (5-5)
Sign up and live stream college football on ESPN+
Today’s Best Bet to Lock in Now

[mm-video type=playlist id=01f1343a1wt7q817p7 player_id=none image=https://collegefootballnews.com/wp-content/plugins/mm-video/images/playlist-icon.png]

All of the CFN Fearless Predictions

Central Michigan vs Ball State Game Preview


Why Central Michigan Will Win

There’s a chance Central Michigan can still win the MAC West by winning its last two games and Northern Illinois losing its last two. Unfortunately, NIU is playing Buffalo at the same time this is happening – there might be a wee bit of scoreboard watching happening.

The Chippewas lost to NIU in a 39-38 thriller a few weeks ago, but that’s been the only blip over the last five games as the offense has been consistent through the air and good enough running the ball to keep up with the Kent States and Toledos of the world.

Ball State doesn’t have much of a downfield passing game, it doesn’t control the clock, and …

College Football Expert Picks, CFN Week 12

Why Ball State Will Win

The offense is running all over everyone lately.

The Cardinals were right there with Northern Illinois only to lose 30-29 – but they ran for 246 yards.

After doing nothing on the ground for most of the year, they’ve hit 200 yards in three of the last four games to balance out a decent enough offense that’s more effective than the overall stats.

Central Michigan won’t pick off a whole lot of passes and it’s more than happy to give up close to 300 yards a game through the air, but …

What’s Going To Happen

The Central Michigan run defense has been a rock. It allowed over 200 yards to Missouri to start the season, and that’s been it – only Northern Illinois has come close to two bills.

However, Ball State is finally back in Muncie after playing four of its last five games on the road, and at 5-5 it needs this a whole lot more than 6-4 Central Michigan does.

The defending MAC champs will rise up defensively in the fourth quarter in yet another close game – the last four Ball State games have been decided by a touchdown or less.

College Football Schedule: Week 12 Predictions, Lines

Central Michigan vs Ball State Prediction, Lines

Ball State 30, Central Michigan 27
Line: Ball State -1.5, o/u: 61
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

Must See Rating: 3

5: Tummyache Soak
1: Adele 30

[protected-iframe id=”361699434b6d70baf15f631ed2408ac1-97672683-92922408″ info=”https://www.googletagservices.com/tag/js/gpt.js” ]

Rankings AP | Coaches | CFN 1-130 Rankings
Bowl Projections | Heisman Race
College Football Playoff Chase, Who’s Alive?
Coach Hot Seat Top 10 | Bowl Bubble: Who’s In, Out

MAC Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, How To Watch: Week 11

MAC Week 11 college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings.

MAC college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings for Week 11 of the season.


[mm-video type=playlist id=01f1343a1wt7q817p7 player_id=none image=https://collegefootballnews.com/wp-content/plugins/mm-video/images/playlist-icon.png]

Click on each game for game preview & prediction

MAC Results So Far
SU: 61-18, ATS: 42-35, Point Total: 40-37-2

Tuesday, November 9

Akron at Western Michigan

7:00, CBS Sports Network
Line: Western Michigan -26, o/u: 62

Buffalo at Miami University

7:00, ESPNU
Line: Miami University -7, o/u: 57.5

Ohio at Eastern Michigan

8:00, ESPN2
Line: Eastern Michigan -6, o/u: 60.5

College Football Schedule, Predictions, Game Previews, Week 11

Wednesday, November 10

Ball State at Northern Illinois

7:00, ESPN2
Prediction: Northern Illinois 30, Ball State 27
Line: Ball State -2.5, o/u: 62.5

Toledo at Bowling Green

7:00, CBS Sports Network
Prediction: Toledo 41, Bowling Green 24
Line: Toledo -10.5, o/u: 50.5

Kent State at Central Michigan

8:00, ESPNU
Prediction: Central Michigan 41, Kent State 37
Line: Central Michigan -2.5, o/u: 74.5

College Football Expert Picks, CFN Week 11

[protected-iframe id=”361699434b6d70baf15f631ed2408ac1-97672683-92922408″ info=”https://www.googletagservices.com/tag/js/gpt.js” ]

Fearless Predictions of Every Game
Bowl Projections | Rankings

Kent State vs Central Michigan Prediction, Game Preview

Kent State vs Central Michigan prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Wednesday night.

Kent State vs Central Michigan prediction, game preview, how to watch: Wednesday, November 10


Kent State vs Central Michigan How To Watch

Date: Wednesday, November 10
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: Kelly/Shorts Stadium, Mount Pleasant, MI
How To Watch: ESPNU
Record: Kent State (5-4), Central Michigan (5-4)
Sign up and live stream college football on ESPN+
Today’s Best Bet to Lock in Now

[mm-video type=playlist id=01f1343a1wt7q817p7 player_id=none image=https://collegefootballnews.com/wp-content/plugins/mm-video/images/playlist-icon.png]

All of the CFN Fearless Predictions

Kent State vs Central Michigan Game Preview


Why Kent State Will Win

No one’s stopping this offense.

It might not be great on third downs, and the offensive line gives up a whole lot of plays behind the line, but the yards and points don’t stop.

The MAC East race isn’t over – it still has to get past Miami University if the RedHawks win this week against Buffalo – but at least the Golden Flashes are close. It’s coming from QB Dustin Crum and an attack that just ripped through Northern Illinois for close to 700 yards.

This team moves fast, fast, fast, with the balance to figure out how to roll no matter what defenses try to do. Central Michigan has a bit-time offense with the best passing attack in the MAC, but the defense gives up a whole lot of yards.

Can the Chippewas keep up the pace? Kent State will put up close to 500 yards. Get there, CMU. And …

College Football Expert Picks, CFN Week 11

Why Central Michigan Will Win

The Chippewa offense can hang.

This might not be the dangerous all-around O that Kent State brings, but the scoring punch has been there over the past few weeks – helped by a few big punt returns for scores against Western Michigan from Kalil Pimpleton – with Daniel Richardson a sure thing for 200 yards or more through the air.

The Kent State secondary has been getting crushed, allowing close to 1,200 yards over the last three games including 532 in the win over Northern Illinois. Combine that with a whole lot of Golden Flash penalties, and Central Michigan should have more than enough chances to keep on scoring – and to hold serve once in a while – at home.

What’s Going To Happen

Get ready to have a whole lot of fun, because Kent State games are always a blast.

The Golden Flashes manage to come up with wins even though they give up a bazillion yards – that’s the cost of doing business.

However, Central Michigan will bomb away and have one of its better games on the ground, but it’ll be an up-and-down fight that will end with a big late scoring drive.

Kent State doesn’t turn the ball over, but Central Michigan’s offense won’t need the help.

College Football Schedule: Week 11 Predictions, Lines

Kent State vs Central Michigan Prediction, Lines

Central Michigan 41, Kent State 37
Line: Central Michigan -2.5, o/u: 74.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

Must See Rating: 4

5: House of Gucci
1: Yellowstone

[protected-iframe id=”361699434b6d70baf15f631ed2408ac1-97672683-92922408″ info=”https://www.googletagservices.com/tag/js/gpt.js” ]

Fearless Predictions of Every Game
Bowl Projections | Rankings