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Gopher Gameday Vitals - Western Michigan

Western Michigan's Alex Carder.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Western Michigan's Alex Carder. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Just the facts as we start to get ready for the Gophers hosting Western Michigan. 3-0 would be very e exciting and this will actually be a legit win.

Game Day Vitals

  • Opponent: Western Michigan Broncos
  • Location: TCF Bank Stadium
  • Gametime: 11:00 am (CST)
  • TV: Big Ten Network
  • Radio: KFAN and the Gopher Radio Network (100.3 FM in the Twin Cities)
  • Tickets: HERE

Opponent Information

  • Official Website
  • Blog: Hustle Belt (MAC blog)
  • Record: (1-1)
  • Conference: MAC
  • Common Opponents: Illinois (Lost 24-7)
  • What you should know: They like to throw the ball. 402 yards last week against Eastern Illinois.
  • One more thing to know: We have had head-to-head recruiting battles with Western Michigan, more than probably any other school. This game will be huge in recruiting (#sarcasm).
  • Yet another thing I feel is worth sharing: Western Michigan plays their home football games at Waldo Stadium. Now you know where Waldo is.

Coaches and Players

  • Head Coach: Bill Cubit (2005-present)
  • Key Offensive Players: QB-Alex Carder is a third year starter who led the MAC in passing last season, and has led the league in passing touchdown the last two seasons. Carder struggled a bit against Illinois which may be due to adjusting to a new offensive line and wide receivers. But he racked up a ton of yards in game 2, this should be a very good test for our secondary.
  • Key Defensive Players: Johnnie Simon is a JR safety/linebacker who earned 2nd team All-MAC honors last season. He led the team in tackles at Illinois with 18 in week 1.