Team preview: Western Michigan

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The honeymoon was a good one for Bill Cubit.

In Western Michigan's 100th season of football, its first-year head coach led the Broncos on quite a wild ride. After falling to the MAC cellar with a 1-10 mark in 2004, Cubit and his WMU squad pulled off the largest one-season turnaround in conference history with a 7-4 record that put them on the cusp of the program's first postseason berth since 1999.
Cubit closed out the season as the MAC Coach of the Year and the Broncos accomplished the second-biggest turnaround in the nation in 2005.

Even though they missed a bowl bid or chance to play in the MAC Championship game, the Broncos found something more important last season -- the belief they could win again.

"The culture here has changed," Cubit said. "We are still building … but they expect to win."

If anyone on the team had a swollen head from the way things came together, all they had to do was look at the final game to come back down to reality. Northern Illinois put a 42-7 whipping on WMU to spoil any chance at a West division title.

"We weren't good enough last year," Cubit said. "We weren't physical enough."