Western Michigan Broncos

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Western Michigan Broncos
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First season 2016
Head coach pskeate
1st year, – 
Home stadium Waldo Stadium
Year built 2016
Stadium capacity 30,200
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Kalamazoo, MI
League NCAA
Conference Mid American Conference
All-time record 50–26–0 (.658)
Postseason bowl record 2–2–0 (.500)
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 2
Division titles 2
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 0
Colors

Brown and Gold

          
Rivals Central Michigan Chippewas
Eastern Michigan Eagles
Toledo Rockets
Michigan MAC Trophy

The Western Michigan Broncos are a college football team playing in the Mid-American Conference that started playing in the 2016 season. Coached by pskeate, the Broncos play at Waldo Stadium in the MAC's Western Division.

History

Dacder Era (2016)

2016 Season

Main Article: 2016 Western Michigan Broncos season

Raybaxter2211 Era (2017-2018)

After the 2016 season Head Coach Dacder left the program to take the same position with the University of Colorado. Western Michigan hired Raybaxter2211 as his successor.

2017 Season

Main Article: 2017 Western Michigan Broncos season

Featuring the strong running of MAC Player of the Year Emmanuel Fields, the Broncos made it to their first ever bowl game. Unfortunately they fell short, losing to Hawaii in the Foster Farms Bowl.

2018 Season

Main Article: 2018 Western Michigan Broncos season

After the promising season the Broncos had in 2017, bigger things were expected in 2018. But despite Emmanuel Fields again winning the second of his back-to-back MAC Player of the Year Awards, the Broncos regressed to a 5-7 record. Coach Raybaxter would leave for greener pastures after the season, bolting for the Michigan State coaching job.

Jieret Era (2019-2021)

2019 Season

Main Article: 2019 Western Michigan Broncos season

Before the 2019 season began, Western Michigan hired Jieret as the Broncos' third head coach. With a potent rushing attack headlined by Gabriel Shields and an excellent secondary featuring cornerbacks Sean Taylor and Jaylin McQueen, the Broncos achieved three firsts in WMU history: Their first 10-win season, their first bowl win, and the first time the Michigan MAC Trophy resided in Kalamazoo.

2020 Season

Main article: 2020 Western Michigan Broncos season

After a spirited spring battle, redshirt freshman DeSean Madison won the starting running back job over Gabriel Shields. Shortly after, Shields transferred to Michigan State. Behind that excellent Bronco defense, Madison's 1000+ yard rushing season, and QB Chase Sims leading a revived passing attack, Western Michigan won 11 regular season games en route to their first-ever MAC West division title. They then defeated the Ohio Bobcats in the MAC Championship game to win their first-ever Conference title, although prior to the game defensive stars Sean Taylor and MLB Kareem Boykin announced their decisions to enter the 2021 NFLHC Draft, forgoing their senior seasons.

The Broncos made the College Football Playoff as the 4-seed, a first for the MAC. Unfortunately, they lost in the quarterfinals to the Pittsburgh Panthers 24-23.

2021 Season

Main article: 2021 Western Michigan Broncos season

While many expected the Broncos to take a step back after losing Taylor and Boykin early, Western defied expectations throughout most of the season going undefeated through seven games including a 29-19 revenge win against the Duke Blue Devils. Unfortunately the team sputtered and lost back-to-back games to the Akron Zips and Washington Huskies. But the Broncos rallied by beating Toledo and clinching their second straight MAC West division title. They then exacted a measure of revenge by defeating the Zips in the MAC Championship Game 34-24, and ended the season on a high note by defeating the SMU Mustangs in the Frisco Bowl 17-13. Starting strong safety Jaylin Hinds decided to declare for the NFL Draft early shortly afterwards.

Jieret subsequently shocked many when, shortly after season's end, he resigned as coach of the Broncos to take the same position with the Washington Huskies.

pskeate Era (2022-present)

After a lengthy search UNLV coach pskeate was chosen to lead the Broncos, hopefully to a third straight conference championship.

2022 Season

Main article: 2022 Western Michigan Broncos season

Season-by-Season Records

Year Coach(es) Conference Record Bowl Final CP Ranking
Wins Losses
Western Michigan Broncos
2016 Dacder MAC 4 6 - NR
2017 Raybaxter2211 7 6 Lost Foster Farms Bowl vs Hawaii, 3-14 NR
2018 5 7 - NR
2019 Jieret 10 3 Won Bahamas Bowl vs USF, 23-17 NR
2020 12 2 Lost CFP Quarterfinals, 24-23 9
2021 12 2 Won Frisco Bowl vs SMU, 17-13 14
2022 pskeate - - - -
Total 50 26
National Champions Conference Champions Bowl game berth

All-time record vs. MAC opponents

These are the Broncos' football records against current Mid-American Conference opponents through the 2021 season.

School Total Games W L T Pct. PF PA First Year Last Year Streak
Akron 5 4 1 0 .800 143 95 2016 2021 W1
Ball State 6 4 2 0 .667 160 128 2016 2021 W3
Bowling Green 1 1 0 0 1.000 24 20 2016 2016 W1
Buffalo 4 2 2 0 .500 75 60 2016 2021 W2
Central Michigan 6 5 1 0 .833 144 84 2016 2021 W3
Eastern Michigan 6 3 3 0 .500 132 114 2016 2021 W3
Kent State 4 4 0 0 1.000 155 106 2016 2021 W4
Miami (OH) 2 1 1 0 .500 44 48 2016 2019 W1
Northern Illinois 5 3 2 0 .600 99 77 2017 2021 W3
Ohio 4 3 1 0 .750 128 106 2016 2020 W3
Toledo 6 3 3 0 .500 139 122 2016 2021 W2
11 Opponents 53 33 20 0 .623 1243 960 6 Seasons

Bowl games

The Broncos have appeared in four bowl games, posting a record of 2-2.

Season Bowl Opponent Result
2017 Foster Farms Bowl Hawaii Lost, 3-14
2019 Bahamas Bowl USF Won, 23-17
2020 CFB Quarterfinals Pitt Lost, 23-24
2021 Frisco Bowl SMU Won, 17-13
Total 4 Bowl Games 2–2

History and Awards

Head Coaches

Coach Years Seasons Record Pct Cnf. Record Pct Cnf. Titles Bowls Nat. Titles
Dacder 2016 1 4-6 .400 4-6 .400 0 0 0
Raybaxter2211 2017-2018 2 12-13 .480 6-8 .429 0 1 0
Jieret 2019-2021 3 34-7 .829 23-2 .920 2 3 0
pskeate 2022 1 0 0 0

Individual Award Winners

All-Americans

None.

Players

  • 2017
Disney Spirit Award: Emmanuel Fields, RB.
  • 2020
MAC Offensive Newcomer of the Year: DeSean Madison, RB.
  • 2021
MAC Offensive Player of the Year: DeSean Madison, RB.

1st Team All-MAC Players

Coaches

  • 2020
Jieret, AFCA National Coach of the Year, MAC Coach of the Year
  • 2021
Jieret, MAC Coach of the Year

External Links

2016 Depth Chart

2017 Depth Chart

2018 Depth Chart

2019 Depth Chart

2020 Depth Chart

2021 Depth Chart

2022 Depth Chart