1. Can’t Beat Josh Allen — If Kentucky can pull out a win on Saturday, the Chippewas will have a two-game losing streak to Josh Allens. The Wyoming quarterback drafted in the first round by the Buffalo Bills beat CMU 37-14 in last year’s Idaho Potato Bowl.
2. Their Head Coach is an Alum — Entering his fourth season as CMU’s head coach, John Bohnamego is a 1987 Central Michigan graduate. He is one of 22 college football head coaches that leads his alma mater. Some of the biggest names on that list: Kirby Smart at Georgia, Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State and Scott Frost at Nebraska.
3. Returners — CMU returns 14 starters from an eight-win team: five on offense, six on a defense and three specialists. Two of their top three tacklers are back, including the following man you need to know…
4. Alex Briones — One of CMU’s top returning tacklers, he had 83, including 8.5 for loss and 3 sacks last season. The linebacker who also played quarterback in high school has quite the man-bun/facial hair combo.
5. Reserve Defensive Back Suspended — Earlier this week Tee-ondre Harvey was suspended indefinitely after he was charged with a domestic violence misdemeanor. Harvey appeared in seven games last year and recorded just one tackle.
6. How do you say that? Jonathan Ward receives all of the hype in the backfield (and for a good reason), but I am more intrigued by his backup. Kumehnnue Gilly has 204 career rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on 53 carries. There’s no relation to Samwell Tarley’s favorite gal.
7. Connections to CMU — Central Michigan is just two and a half hours northwest of Detroit, the city where three Wildcats call home: DeAndre Square, Marquan McCall and Tyler Markray. The Chippewas have on Kentuckian on the roaster, redshirt freshman quarterback Austin Hergott, a Ft. Thomas Highlands graduate.
8. UK’s Record vs. the MAC — The Cats are 19-3 in MACtion. They’ve won nine straight against the MAC and are 6-0 against Central Michigan. Four of those games were season-openers. The last time these two teams met, Andre Woodson’s 2006 team won a 45-36 barn-burner.