2012 Preview: Central Michigan

With just over 50 days until Michigan State kicks off the 2012 season we continue our early preview of each game of the 2012 season. In the second game of the season the Spartans will travel up the road to battle Central Michigan is a rare away gave against a Mid American Conference foe.

Former Spartans player and coach Dan Enos looks to be on a hot seat as he enters his third season at the helm of the Chippewas. However, some feel Enos has some young talent capable of turning the miscues of 2011 into more positives in 2012.

Here is an early look at Michigan State's game two opponent.

Central Michigan Chippewas

GAME #2 – Sat. Sept. 8 – KELLY/SHORTS STADIUM – 3:30 PM ET

Head Coach Dan Enos – 3rd Year (6-18)

2011 Record 3-9 overall, 2-6 MAC

Previous Meetings 1991, 92, 93, 98, 2001, 04, 09, 11 MSU leads series 5-3 with the last win coming last season 45-7 at Spartan Stadium.

Central Michigan's Key Games

Sept. 8 Michigan State
Sept. 22 Iowa
Nov. 3 Western Michigan

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

OFFENSE: Enos will look for senior quarterback Ryan Radcliff to improve upon his 2011 season where he passed for 3,286 yards going 257-of-453 with 25 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

Radcliff and the Chippewas offense can be solid if they can keep from turning the ball over in key situations. Look for Radcliff to try and hookup with receivers Cody Wilson (48 receptions for 526 yards and 3 touchdowns) and Titus Davis (40 receptions for 751 yards and 8 touchdowns) when the ball is in the air. However, a running game must step forward as sophomore Anthony Garland and junior Zurlon Tipton return after combining for 748 yards and three touchdowns on 162 carries a season ago.

DEFENSE: The leader of the Chippewas defense is senior defensive back Jahleel Addae who returns after earning All-MAC first team honors last season. Addae enters the season having posted 213 career tackles (107 in 2011) in 38 games played and pulled down four interceptions last season. He is joined running mate Avery Cunningham who posted 79 total tackles last season and linebacker Cody Lopez.

OVERALL

Enos gets the Spartans to make the trip to Kelly/Shorts Stadium for the first time looking for an upset against his former team. Despite having an extra day to prepare, Enos knows he'll have his hands full against a Spartans team already battle tested and with one of the best defenses in the country. Things don't get any easier two weeks later when Enos will take his team to Iowa.

Chippewas fans got spoiled over the past several years under the tenures of Brian Kelly and Butch Jones and Enos has yet to show he can get the program back to battling for a conference championship.


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