The Central Michigan Chippewas have been to a bowl game each of the past four years. They were 8-5 last season under Coach John Bonamego, who is 21-18 in three seasons as the CMU coach. And they have a history of beating Power Five conference schools, including a 45-27 win at Kansas last season.
This is a different Central Michigan team that will arrive Saturday for Kentucky’s 2018 season opener at Kroger Field. (It’s a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on ESPNU.) The Chips return just 10 starters and are breaking in a new starting quarterback in Tony Poljan, who played some wide receiver and tight end last season.
I talked with Adam Jaksa, sideline reporter for the CMU radio network, to get a scouting report on the Mid-American Conference team. Jaksa said CMU does boast 1,000-yard rusher Jonathan Ward, but Bonamego and Co. will have plenty of questions to answer come Saturday.
Also check out my podcast with Mark Story discussing the news from Mark Stoops’ press conference on Monday.