The Georgia Southern Eagles and the Western Michigan Broncos have scheduled a home-and-home football series for 2015 and 2016, both schools announced today.
Georgia Southern will host the first game of the series at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro on Sept. 12, 2015. In the second and final game of the series, the Eagles will travel to face the Broncos at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo on Sept. 24, 2016.
Western Michigan will be Georgia Southern’s first ever non-conference home FBS opponent. GSU moves up to the Sun Belt from the Football Championship Subdivision on July 1, 2014.
“I know our fans have been clamoring to know who the first home non-conference FBS opponent would be, and we are pleased to announce this deal with Western Michigan,” said Georgia Southern Athletics Director Tom Kleinlein. “I am very familiar with their program from my time at Kent State and look forward to watching our Eagles face them.”
The addition of WMU gives Georgia Southern two non-conference games in 2015 and three in 2016. The Eagles also host The Citadel in 2015 and in 2016 host Jacksonville and travel to Georgia.
“We pride ourselves on facing elite competition at Western Michigan and that tradition continues with the Georgia Southern series beginning in 2015. The Georgia Southern University football program has six FCS National titles on its resume’ and Coach [Jeff] Monken leads a group of fine young men in Statesboro as the Eagles make the transition into the FBS and the Sun Belt Conference,” Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck said.
The Broncos now have three non-conference games set for both the 2015 and 2016 seasons. WMU opens the 2015 season at home vs. Michigan State and later travels to Ohio State.
In 2016, the Broncos travel to both Northwestern and Illinois.