Did you watch Central Michigan against Ball State Wednesday night? What a game. Both have good quarterbacks, either one of which would make Michigan a better team. Nate Davis is very good for Ball State-- a key reason why that team is now 11-0. I bet Ball State wins its home finale against a good Western Michigan team, then beats the Eastern Division champ in the MAC title game at Ford Field and finishes 13-0. That's pretty good and Brady Hoke better take the job offer he'll get from somewhere else for a lot more money-- because you can't do better at Ball State than 13-0 plus the ensuing bowl game. I'm guessing Ball State still ends up at Ford Field twice and also plays in the Motor City Bowl because it makes geographic sense. Whether Ball State plays Illinois or another Big Ten team or not remains to be seen.
And Dan LeFevour, if he returns to CMU for his senior year, will keep the Chips a winning program. CMU plays at Michigan State next September 12th and the game will be competitive because LeFevour is that good, running or throwing. He has about as pure a passing motion with his throwing arm as I've seen in awhile. CMU is now 8-3 and will be 9-3 with a win next Friday at Eastern Michigan. CMU would have won a couple more games with a better defense and that's where the Chips need to continue their improvement. But you can go a long way with a good quarterback-- if Iowa or Wisconsin had either of the quarterbacks who played Wednesday night in Mount Pleasant I maintain they'd have had better records. You just can't win the way you want in football without a trigger man-- you need more of course, but you can't win the big games and have big winning records without a quarterback. Simple as that.
The Detroit Lions have won one play off game in 51 years-- name me their all pro quarterbacks-- none. They have struggled at the position for many of the years over five decades and you see where they are including this year where they have now played four quarterbacks in their ten losses at one time or another.