MAC Announces 2008 CMU Football Schedule

MOUNT PLEASANT - A pair of appearances on the ESPN family of networks highlights Central Michigan University's 2008 Mid-American Conference football schedule.

ESPN2 or ESPN360 will carry CMU's Wednesday, Nov. 12 date at Northern Illinois, while ESPN2 will visit Mount Pleasant the following Wednesday, Nov. 19, for the Chippewas' matchup with Ball State.

"Our program has benefited greatly from the exposure we receive on ESPN," said CMU head coach Butch Jones. "Everywhere we go, people recognize the flying ‘C' and know about Central Michigan football."

In addition to hosting Ball State for a televised contest, the two-time defending MAC champion Chippewas will play three straight home games against MAC foes in 2008: Buffalo, Temple and archrival Western Michigan.

Buffalo makes its first trip to Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 27. CMU is 3-1 all-time against the Bulls, with all four prior meetings taking place in Buffalo. The Chippewas won the most recent contest, 55-28, in the 2006 regular season finale.

Temple visits Mount Pleasant for the first time on Oct. 11, which will also be Homecoming weekend at CMU. The Chippewas won their only other matchup with Temple, 42-26, in Philadelphia in 2006.

A date with rival Western Michigan closes the homestand on Saturday, Oct. 18. The Chippewas have won two straight and three of the last four against Western Michigan.

Along with the televised visit to Northern Illinois, the Chippewas will travel to Ohio, Toledo and Eastern Michigan in 2008 conference play.

The Chippewas open MAC play at Ohio on Saturday, Sept. 13. It marks CMU's first trip to Ohio since 2000. The teams last met in the 2006 MAC Championship Game, a 31-10 CMU victory.

Central Michigan plays four of its final five games on the road, beginning with a trip to Toledo on Oct. 25. The Chippewas have won three straight against the Rockets.

The Chippewas close the regular season at Eastern Michigan on Friday, Nov. 28.

"We're excited about what is a very challenging schedule that should be attractive to Chippewa fans," said CMU director of athletics Dave Heeke. "The Thursday night home opener has become a CMU tradition, and the rest of the schedule includes a number of high-profile contests."

As previously announced, the Chippewas' four-game nonconference schedule consists of the season opener at home against Eastern Illinois (Thursday, Aug. 28) and road trips to defending Sugar Bowl champion Georgia (Saturday, Sept. 6), Purdue (Saturday, Sept. 20) and Indiana (Saturday, Nov. 1).

"Our schedule last year was very demanding, but I believe this year's is even more so," Jones said. "Our nonconference schedule has a playoff team in Eastern Illinois, a team that most people think will be ranked No. 1 in the country in Georgia and two Big 10 teams that both played in bowl games last season. When you couple that with our MAC West Division opponents and our crossover games against Ohio, Buffalo and Temple, it makes for as challenging of a schedule as you're going to find."

The 2008 MAC Championship Game is slated for Friday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. The game will again be played at Ford Field in downtown Detroit.

Central Michigan 2008 Football Schedule

Date Opponent Time TV

Thursday, Aug. 28 Eastern Illinois TBA TBA

Saturday, Sept. 6 at Georgia TBA TBA

Saturday, Sept. 13 at Ohio* TBA TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20 at Purdue TBA TBA

Saturday, Sept. 27 Buffalo* TBA TBA

Saturday, Oct. 11 Temple* (Homecoming) TBA TBA

Saturday, Oct. 18 Western Michigan* TBA TBA

Saturday, Oct. 25 at Toledo* TBA TBA

Saturday, Nov. 1 at Indiana TBA TBA

Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Northern Illinois* 7 p.m. (CST) ESPN2 or ESPN360

Wednesday, Nov. 19 Ball State* 7 p.m. ESPN2

Friday, Nov. 28 at Eastern Michigan* TBA TBA

* indicates Mid-American Conference games

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