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Central Michigan Coach John Bonamego: ‘It’ll Be an Unforgiving Game’

John Bonamego makes OSU out to sound like the other title-winning OSU. I’m OK with that.



Central Michigan head coach John Bonamego hasn’t coached college football since the 1990s. He been the special teams coordinator for the Detroit Lions for the past few years, but in the offseason was hired by Central Michigan to improve on its three straight six-loss seasons (and two nine-loss seasons before that). He’s also wading his way though cancer.

Bonamego spoke to Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World earlier this week to talk about the OSU game. The Q&A is very good — Bonamego seems incredibly intense — and you should read the entire thing.

I thought Glenn Spencer was speaking highly of CMU (and he is) but Bonamego is talking about OSU like it could compete in the NFC North.

“When I look at them, I don’t see any discernible weaknesses,” said Bonamego. “They’re a top-25 team, top-20 team for a reason.”

Actually they aren’t, but who’s counting?

“It’ll be an unforgiving game. We’re not going to be long to compete with Oklahoma State by making a lot of mistakes. So we’ve got to be smart in how we approach the game, what we do, if we take care of the football and we don’t hurt ourselves with penalties and mental errors.”

Of course, CMU got drilled by Kansas (!) last season so all of this is true.

“The teams that you mentioned — Purdue, Kansas, Syracuse — I don’t put those in the same class as Oklahoma State,” said Bonamego. “I think Oklahoma State’s a cut above those teams.”

That’s not untrue. Still, this is a team OSU should light up if it’s truly serious about contending for the Big 12. I don’t expect the 2011 offense to make a cameo because, hey first game and all, but if No. 38 and co. aren’t wrecking some havoc, we might see Mr. Spencer pull one of these before halftime.

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