Head coach Dan Enos is not beating around the bush regarding Saturday’s matchup between Central Michigan and Miami, which have a combined 1-8 record.
“They’re a team, just like us, trying to get off the snide,” Enos said. “So it will be two very desperate football teams playing this Saturday.”
He said it’s going to be a ‘dog fight’ and that Central Michigan is ready to scratch and claw for a much-needed win.
“We’ve got good character on this team,” Enos said. “There’s no quit and a lot of fight still left. There’s a lot of season left. We’ve got seven Mid-American Conference games to play, so we just have to take them one at a time.”
The Chippewas return to the MAC schedule after another game against a BCS team in which they were blown out, with a 48-14 loss at North Carolina State.
The Chippewas have one win to its name, with a comeback win from down 13-0 to beat FCS New Hampshire, 24-21.
Junior receiver Titus Davis is among the few consistent players on the team, tallying 96.8 receiving yards per game, which is 24th in the nation.
“He is a rare combination of a guy who has good size, good speed and good ball skills. He’s quick,” Enos said. “And then he’s very smart. He’s extremely bright and he’s a hard worker and he’s competitive. And I think that’s what separates special guys from good guys.”
The winless RedHawks did not get a reprieve against a FCS school, with their lone game against a non-BCS team coming at Marshall that resulted in a 52-14 defeat.
“They’ve had a brutal schedule,” Enos said. “Their guys are playing hard, though. Their staff is doing a great job. They’re playing their butts off. I’m sure they’re looking at it like their season is just beginning, and we’re looking it basically the same way. I told my guys it would be like two dogs in an alley fighting for the same bone.”
Enos is impressed with the RedHawks’ interior defensive line and referred back to a number of the players on the team who were among those who contributed to Miami’s MAC Championship in 2010.
“Their interior defensive line is very good. Austin Brown is an outstanding player – an All-MAC player on their MAC Championship team,” Enos said. “Dayonne Nunley on defense was an All-MAC player, a very good player. Their quarterback Austin Boucher won the MAC Championship.”