About this time last year, the Western Michigan Broncos were coming off what would be their only win of the 2013 season. It was a razor-thin 31-30 triumph UMass, a team that managed just one win itself.
What a difference a year makes. Western Michigan (5-3, 3-1) heads to Oxford this week for a matchup against Miami (2-7, 2-3 MAC). While the RedHawks are improved, as well, they will be facing one of the hottest teams in the MAC. Head coach P. J. Fleck’s squad, which works under Fleck’s “Row the Boat” mantra, has been rowing quite well- especially as of late.
The Broncos have won three straight after a 20-19 overtime loss to Toledo in a game that was ultimately decided by a missed PAT. Were it not for that miss, which bounced off the upright, WMU might be rolling into Oxford with the MAC’s best conference mark.
To Miami head coach Chuck Martin, it’s not only that the Broncos are winning, it’s how they are winning. Both sides of the ball have been turning in impressive performances against good competition.