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October 23, 2013

CMU announces future nonconference schedules

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan announced today its nonconference football schedules for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons.

The Chippewas will open each of the next three seasons at home and will host at least six games at Kelly/Shorts Stadium each year, all while welcoming opponents from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 Conference and Mountain West Conference to Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

"I believe that these schedules follow through with our desire to secure a strong home slate for our supporters and football program," said CMU Director of Athletics Dave Heeke. "With the addition of Syracuse, we now have a high-profile, quality out of conference FBS opponent at home each of the next few seasons, which is our goal when assembling a nonconference schedule."

The Chippewas will open the 2014 season at home on Thursday, Aug. 28 against University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. It will be the first meeting all-time between CMU and the Mocs of the Southern Conference.

CMU visits Purdue the following week (Sept. 6), marking the programs' first matchup since a 32-25 Purdue win in West Lafayette in 2008.

Syracuse becomes just the second ACC opponent, and the first since Boston College in 2006, to visit Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Sept. 13. Rounding out the 2014 nonconference slate is a road trip to Kansas on Sept. 20. The Jayhawks claimed the teams' only previous meeting in the 2007 season opener in Lawrence.

The 2015 season opens on Thursday, Sept. 3 when the Chippewas host Oklahoma State at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. The game will be just the third in CMU history against a Big 12 opponent and the first at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

The Chippewas will remain at home the following week, hosting a to-be-determined Football Championship Subdivision opponent on Sept. 12. CMU will then visit Syracuse and Michigan State on Sept. 19 and Sept. 26, respectively. The Chippewas have claimed three wins in eight meetings with the Spartans in East Lansing.

Presbyterian of the Big South Conference will be the opponent in the 2016 season opener at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

CMU visits Oklahoma State on Sept. 10 before welcoming UNLV to Mount Pleasant on Sept. 17. The Chippewas are 1-3 all-time against the Rebels, including a 35-23 win in the 1994 home opener.

CMU also will play a road game against a to-be-determined Football Bowl Subdivision opponent on Sept. 24.

Future CMU Nonconference Football Schedules

2014

Aug. 28 - Chattanooga
Sept. 6 - at Purdue
Sept. 13 - Syracuse
Sept. 20 - at Kansas

2015

Sept. 3 - Oklahoma State
Sept. 12 - FCS opponent - TBA
Sept. 19 - at Syracuse
Sept. 26 - at Michigan State

2016

Sept. 1 - Presbyterian
Sept. 10 - at Oklahoma State
Sept. 17 - UNLV
Sept. 24 - at FBS opponent - TBA

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