The second-ranked Michigan Wolverines took down the Michigan State Spartans last Saturday in East Lansing, drawing the best Saturday overnight TV rating on ESPN all season, according to MLive. All eyes were on the top two teams in the state. Or were they?
Don’t look now, but Western Michigan is busy etching its own place in history. The Broncos have stampeded to an unblemished record, knocking off their first nine opponents—after last night’s 52-20 win over Ball State—and showing no signs of slowing down. We knew they would be good this year, but not quite this good.
Before you begin writing off their record as a second-tier program defeating other second-tier programs, remember this: on its way to the No. 17 AP ranking nationally, WMU has defeated two Big Ten opponents, including the Northwestern Wildcats, who took down MSU in Spartan Stadium earlier in the year.
Behind the dominance is a powerful offense, led by quarterback Zach Terrell, running back Jarvion Franklin and wide receiver Corey Davis. In fact, the only two games the Broncos were held to fewer than 35 points so far this season were the two Big Ten matchups, and they have now tallied at least 41 points in six consecutive games.
With three regular season games left on the schedule, Western Michigan looks poised to make a run for a New Year’s Six Bowl. Their next two opponents have a combined 5-12 record, and then they end the season with a home game against Toledo, currently a formidable 6-2 team.
One thing becomes more apparent as each college football week passes: Western Michigan is a team to respect, and possibly fear.