Western Michigan, Central Michigan ADs displeased that Michigan-Michigan State is on same day
What’s on the slate for Week 8 of the college football season?
Well, ask any B1G fan — especially one in Michigan — and they’ll tell you that No. 6 Michigan is traveling to face No. 24 Michigan State. The game isn’t just an in-conference matchup. It’s an enormous rivalry.
In Michigan, you bleed either green or maize and blue. They game itself is massive, and with a noon kickoff on Saturday, college football fans will have a treat to feast their eyes on right off the bat.
But, what about Western Michigan-Central Michigan? That game begins at 3 p.m. and the Wolverines-Spartans could be in the middle of a thrilling fourth quarter. That’s not good for the Broncos-Chippewas rivalry.
If anything, the attendance and TV rating won’t nearly be the same thanks to a much more anticipated rivalry going on at the same time in the same state. Western Michigan athletic director Kathy Beauregard isn’t too thrilled about it.
“When you have the two biggest rivalries in the state playing on the same day, it does create a lot of impact, on attendance — not necessarily for them as it does for us — and media attention,” she said. “It takes the focus off what could be one of our largest games.”
Central Michigan athletic director Michael Alford isn’t exactly a fan of the circumstance, either:
“We have (talked to the MAC), and it’s unfortunate that they fell on the same day,” Alford said. “But what a day if you are a football fan in the state of Michigan.”
Best of luck to the Broncos-Chippewas game on Saturday afternoon. But for over 99 percent of us, it’s probably safe to say that we’ll be watching the Wolverines-Spartans game instead.