Preview: Central Michigan vs. Purdue

BSR breaks down who has the advantages and what the key matchups are when Purdue takes on CMU.

Central Michigan at Purdue
Saturday, September 6th
Noon (EST)

When Purdue Has the Ball:
When Danny Etling was on in week one, he moved the Boilers down the field easily and the two-headed rushing attack of Raheem Mostert and Akeem Hunt accounted for 237 yards of rushing.

Etling threw two touchdowns with tight end Justin Sinz emerging as his favorite target.

The Chippewas employ a 4-2-5, so they will match Purdue's spread with five defensive backs. CMU struggled early against Tennessee-Chattanooga, allowing several big pass plays through the air, but were also opportunistic, intercepting four passes.

Safety Tony Annese is a ball-hawk who had two of them and he may matchup against Sinz for a lot of the game. Taking care of the football will be important for Etling. Massive defensive lineman Leterrius Walton is stout and also gets his hands in a lot of passing lanes. Justin Cherocci is an undersized, but active tackling machine who the Boilers must get a hat on in the run game. Joe Ostman has emerged for the Chippewas as a pass rush threat.

The Boilers will have the size advantage across the front, and they should be able to run the ball to set up the passing game.

When CMU Has the Ball:
Central has a couple of big, physical backs in Michigan transfer Thomas Rawls and Saylor Lavallii, and after Western Michigan's Jarvion Franklin had a big rushing day in week one, the Chips will no doubt try to pound the ball with their size as well.

Quarterback Cooper Rush is an efficient, accurate passer who may not have a big arm, but generally does not hurt his team with mistakes. He has some mobility and is able to escape the pocket but is not a true dual threat.

His favorite target is Titus Davis, an NFL prospect who only had one reception in week one, but is capable of making big plays on offense and in the return game.

Special teams. The Chippewa kicking game struggled last week, as they missed one field goal, had another blocked and missed an extra point.

After the Chippewas struggled with UT-Chattanooga (they were down 16-0 before rallying), this would seem like an easy win for the Boilers. However, going into the season, CMU was supposed to be better than WMU, who gave Purdue a tough game, on paper. The Chippewas have the offensive weapons to test a Boiler defense that struggled to contain WMU last week. However, it should be expected that Purdue will impose their running game on the Chippewas.

CMU - 24

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