College Football in the State of Michigan Kicks Off Tonight


The calendar flip from August to September means one thing and one thing only for sports fans: football. The NFL may be the king of sports in this country, but nothing rivals the pride, pageantry, and tradition of the college game.

By my count, the state of Michigan boasts 40 colleges and universities that sponsor varsity athletics programs, 21 of which offer football. All but two of those schools get their seasons underway this week.

The state”s first games of the year will kick off tonight when Central Michigan hosts South Carolina State, Grand Valley hosts Western Oregon, and Norther Michigan hosts Minnesota State-Mankato. All three games begin at 7:00 PM.

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, especially if you’re craving football, check out the vast array of college games going on in and around the state. The thought of attending a division-II or III game may seem off-putting to some folks at first, but there is quality ball played at the small college level. I’d encourage you to try attending a game before completely dismissing the idea.

The Mitten State’s week one college football schedule:

DateGameLevel*LocationTimeTV / Video
Thursday, Sep 1Central Michigan vs. South Carolina St.NCAA DIMt. Pleasant, MI7:00 PMTBA
Grand Valley State vs. Western OregonNCAA DIIAllendale, MI7:00 PMComcast 900**
Northern Michigan vs. Minn. St.-MankatoNCAA DIIMarquette, MI7:00 PM
Friday, Sep 2Michigan State vs. Youngstown St.NCAA DIEast Lansing, MI7:00 PMBTN
Adrian at HussonNCAA DIIIBangor, ME7:00 PM
Ferris State vs. HillsdaleNCAA DIIBig Rapids, MI7:30 PM
Saturday, Sep 3Wayne State vs. UrbanaNCAA DIIDetroit, MI12:00 PM
Northwood vs. FindlayNCAA DIIMidland, MI12:00
Albion at ButlerNCAA DI-FCSIndianapolis, IN1:00 PM
Olivet vs. Cornell (Iowa)NCAA DIIIOlivet, MI1:00 PM
Concordia-Ann Arbor vs. St. FrancisNAIAAnn Arbor, MI1:00 PM
Alma at HeidelbergNCAA DIIITiffin, OH1:30 PM
Hope at Illinois WesleyanNCAA DIIIBloominton, IL2:00 PM
Kalamazoo at BlufftonNCAA DIIIBluffton, OH2:00 PM
Michigan vs. Western MichiganNCAA DIAnn Arbor, MI3:30 PMABC/ESPN2
Michigan Tech at WinonaNCAA DIIWinona, MN5:30 PM
Eastern Michigan vs. HowardNCAA DIYpsilanti, MI7:00

* When schools of different divisions play each other, the division of the home team is listed. This week Albion (NCAA DIII) plays at Butler (NCAA DI-FCS). NCAA DI-FBS is notated simply as “NCAA DI”.

** Grand Valley’s Thursday night game can be seen on Comcast’s digital channel 900 in the Metro-Grand Rapids area. Check your local listings to see if you’re included.

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