Broncos announce 2003 football schedule
Feb. 19, 2003
KALAMAZOO -- A road trip to Michigan State, the return of Marshall to Kalamazoo and a Centennial Celebration game involving Virginia highlight the 2003 football season for Western Michigan University.
Western Michigan will play six home games at Waldo Stadium in 2003. Two of the Broncos' home opponents, No. 22 Virginia and No. 24 Marshall, finished ranked in the top 25 nationally last season. Other home games include Mid-American Conference rivals Central Michigan, Bowling Green and Ball State. Division I-AA William & Mary will be a first-time opponent.
There is also a possibility of WMU hosting the Mid-American
Conference Championship Game,
Western Michigan opens its 98th varsity season on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Michigan State. The schools last met in 1997 during coach Gary Darnell's first season at WMU.
The Broncos' home opener Sept. 6 features William & Mary
on CommUniverCity Night. Atlantic
Following a bye week on Sept. 20, Western Michigan opens its
MAC schedule with a trip to Ohio
WMU hosts Bowling Green on homecoming Saturday, Oct. 11; travels
to Northern Illinois Oct. 18
Western Michigan takes a break from league action to face Connecticut Nov. 1 in the new 40,000-seat Rentschler Field in East Hartford. UConn, which begins Big East play in 2005, returns to Kalamazoo for CommUniverCity Night Sept. 2, 2004.
The latter part of WMU's MAC schedule includes a Nov. 8 home encounter versus Ball State, followed by a visit from Central Michigan Nov. 15. The Broncos' regular season finale is slated for Nov. 22 at Toledo.
"It's another competitive, challenging schedule," said Darnell.
2003 WMU Football Schedule
Starting times for all games are subject to change. All game-dates are Saturdays.
Aug. 30 at Michigan State Sept. 6 William & Mary, CommUniverCity Night, 7 p.m. Sept. 13 Virginia, Centennial Game/Southwest Fest, 2 p.m. Sept. 20 Bye Sept. 27 at Ohio Oct. 4 at Eastern Michigan Oct. 11 Bowling Green, Homecoming, 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at Northern Illinois Oct. 25 Marshall, Education Day/Family Fest, 2 p.m. Nov. 1 at Connecticut Nov. 8 Ball State, Veterans/Military Day, 2 p.m. Nov. 15 Central Michigan, Senior Day, 2 p.m. Nov. 22 at Toledo
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