13 Teams/13 Days: Western Michigan Broncos Football Preview

Updated 8/22/2012

 

Western Michigan Bronco Quick Links
 
Blue Ribbon Analysis
Head Coach: Bill Cubit (Delaware, '75)
2011 Overall/Conference Record: 7-6 (5-3 MAC)
Offense Starters Returning/Lost: 7/4
Defense Starters Returning/Lost: 8/3
 
Western Michigan gets another crack at Illinois to start the season, and two weeks later travels to Minneapolis for a date with the Gophers. Connecticut visits to complete a nonleague schedule that is difficult - but also filled with opportunity.

And that could be a pivital game in the league race. The final game of the season, at home against surging Eastern Michigan, also could involve high stakes. 

If Carder takes another step, cuts down on the gambling and finds some reliable receivers, and if the rush defense acn locate some stringiness, there isn't a game on the schedule that is out of reach. 
 
Players To Watch/Western Michigan Watch List Members
*Walter Camp Award (Best College Football Player) – QB Alex Carder, Western Michigan
*Manning Award (Top American Quarterback) – QB Alex Carder, Western Michigan
*Davey O’Brien Award (Top Quarterback) – QB Alex Carder, Western Michigan
*Rimington Trophy (Best Center) – C Kevin Galeher, Western Michigan
*Jim Thopre Award (Best Defensive Back) – S Johnnie Simon, Western Michigan
*Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (Top Quarterback) – QB Alex Carder, Western Michigan
 
2012 Western Michigan Broncos Schedule
Sept. 1 - @Illinois
Sept. 8 - Eastern Illinois
Sept. 15 - @Minnesota
Sept. 22 - UConn
Sept. 29 - Toledo
Oct. 6 - UMass
Oct. 13 - @Ball State
Oct. 20 - @Kent State
Oct. 27 - Northern Illinois
Nov. 3 - @Central Michigan
Nov. 10 - @Buffalo
Nov. 17 - Eastern Michigan