With the bye week in the rearview mirror and the final stretch run of the 2013 season looming, the Western Michigan University Football Team returns to the field this weekend at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti against in-state rival Eastern Michigan University in search of their first Michigan MAC Trophy in eight years.
WMU last captured the Michigan MAC Trophy, a trophy sponsored by the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame given each season to the winner of the Michigan MAC directional school rivalry between Western, Central and Eastern Michigan Universities, in 2005, the inaugural season of the trophy.
An 1-8 season has left the Broncos ineligible for postseason play, but head coach P.J. Fleck looks at the Broncos’ next two games against its two biggest rivals as “bowl games.”
“I think it’s wonderful for our players to be involved in traditional games," Fleck said at Tuesday’s media luncheon. “We are one of the few teams in our league with true, true rivalries. Our kids have a ton to play for. We won’t have a bowl game. This is our bowl game. We want to get two trophies!”
“They understand we have the chance to do something that hasn’t been done here before.”
P.J. Fleck’s first season has already been filled with things that have been never been done before in WMU history. Wins over EMU and CMU won’t erase what has already occurred this season, but it will surely go a long way in the foundation Fleck is laying in Kalamazoo.