There must be an unnerving silence in Michigan where college football is usually discussed and fans boast about their favorite team.
For followers of the directional schools (CMU, WMU and EMU) nor the bigger schools, Michigan and Michigan State, can stick their chest out entering the fifth week of the college football season.
Central Michigan, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan have a combined 2-10 record this year, and USA Today ranked them among the bottom 10 teams in the FBS this week.
The Chippewas seemed to be heading toward a five-win season coming in, but even that looks like a reach with injuries to key players.
The Broncos earn the distinction as the lone winless FBS team in Michigan, failing to Nicholls State, an FCS school that had only two wins in the past two years.
The Eagles did win a game against an FCS team, which should always be guaranteed. Like CMU, they had to make a comeback to do it, beating Howard 34-24 after being down 11.
Michigan and Michigan State are in a situation far less dire than their counterparts, with neither having to be fearful of a losing season.
But if their offenses do not shape up, some assistant coaches might feel the heat.
The Wolverines have given up 12 turnovers, more than all but one team in the FBS, while the Spartans offense simply cannot move the ball, ranked 104th in the FBS in total offensive yards per game (340.8).
MSU is in the best shape of the five Michigan football teams, though.
Its defense is the only unit that is of a championship caliber of the five teams.
They have U-M at home, too.
The Wolverines are in some kind of bizarro world with a 4-0 record that reminds one of the days when Rich Rodriguez was coaching, except the offense is struggling and the defense is having some success.
It is difficult to sort through the teams at the bottom of the heap to determine who is in the best shape.
It is up to the fans to decide what they prefer out of a season. CMU will have a better record than WMU. However, WMU will put everything they have into its home game against the Chippewas and should beat them.
As far as EMU is concerned, it is an interesting case. The pressure head coach Ron English has to endure is sensed outside of Ypsilanti.
The Eagles should at least get to savor a win against the Broncos at home, if nothing else.
A satisfaction among fans of the five schools will most likely be nearly absent when the season comes to a close.
There’s always next year.
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