|2004 Central Michigan Chippewas football|
|2004 record||4-7 (3-5 MAC)|
|Head coach||Brian Kelly (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Kelly/Shorts Stadium|
|2004 Mid-American Conference football standings|
|Northern Illinois x||7||–||1||9||–||3|
|Championship: Toledo 35, Miami 27|
The 2004 Central Michigan Chippewas football team represented Central Michigan University in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their first season under head coach Brian Kelly, the Chippewas compiled a 4-7 record (3-5 against MAC opponents), finished in fifth place in the MAC's West Division, and were outscored by their opponents, 378 to 260. The team played its home games in Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, with attendance of 75,216 in five home games.
The team's statistical leaders included Kent Smith with 2,284 passing yards, Jerry Seymour with 1,284 rushing yards, and Damien Linson with 574 receiving yards. Tailback Jerry Seymour was selected at the end of the 2004 season as the team's most valuable player.
Brian Kelly was introduced as Central Michigan's head football coach on January 2, 2004. He had served as the head football coach at Grand Valley State University for 13 years, compiling a 118-35-2 record and leading his Lakers football teams to NCAA Division II national championships in both 2002 and 2003.
|September 4||at Indiana*||L 10-41|
|September 11||at Michigan State*||L 7-24|
|October 18||Southeast Missouri State*||W 44-27|
|October 2||Kent State||W 24-21|
|October 9||Bowling Green||L 14-38|
|October 16||at Northern Illinois||L 10-42|
|October 23||at Toledo||L 22-27|
|October 30||Western Michigan||W 24-21 (OT)|||
|November 6||vs. Eastern Michigan||L 58-61 (4OT)|||
|November 13||at Buffalo||L 6-36|
|November 20||Ball State||W 41-40|