Second-Ranked Bulldogs Open Two-Game Homestand In Big Rapids This Saturday


Big Rapids, Mich. - The nationally second-ranked Ferris State University football squad returns home this Saturday (Oct. 19) to begin a two-game home set as the Bulldogs host the Northwood Timberwolves at Top Taggart Field.

The Bulldogs, who are currently 6-0 overall and atop the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference at 6-0 this year, will square off against the Timberwolves with kickoff set for 1 p.m. (ET) in Big Rapids. Fans are encouraged to "come early, cheer loud and wear red!" for the game.

Saturday will mark Ferris State's Resident Appreciation Day hosted by FSU Housing and Residence Life with all on-campus residents and/or meal plan holders able to access a free tailgate picnic with their student ID cards beginning at 11:30 a.m. Along with the free food, the first 500 students at the picnic will also receive a free long sleeve shirt as a thank you for living on campus during the 2019-20 academic year.

Ferris State is currently a consensus top-five team in every Division II poll and is seeking its sixth consecutive NCAA Division II Playoff appearance this season after reaching the national championship game a year ago. The Bulldogs have now won 24-straight regular-season games and are coming off a decisive 59-13 conference road win in a battle of league unbeatens at Wayne State this past Saturday night. FSU will play three of its final four regular-season outings at home starting this week.

Meanwhile, Northwood is coming off a close 37-30 overtime setback to Hillsdale this past week.

Tickets for Ferris State Football can be bought in advance online at, by calling (800) 585-3737, or in person thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office located inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex. The ticket office is open today thru Friday from 9 a.m. (ET) to 5 p.m. (ET) with extended hours on Wednesday until 7 p.m. (ET).

The Wheeler Pavilion Gameday Ticket Office will open on Saturday at 11 a.m. (ET) with the gates to the stadium opening at 11:30 a.m. (ET). Tailgating will begin three hours prior to game time.

Football tickets for Saturday's game are only $14 for adults or $12 for senior citizens (ages 65+) and FSU faculty/staff with students age 5-17 priced at $8. Ferris students with ID will be admitted free for the football game by showing their student identification cards.

Parking in lots near Top Taggart Field is $7 per available car or $25 per oversized vehicle (bus, motor coach, motorhome, trailer, etc.) on a first-come, first-served basis. As a convenience to fans, credit cards will also be accepted at the ticket window along with the concession stand.

For more information on ticket sales, please call (231) 591-2888 or visit for additional information.

The FSU-NU football game will be broadcast live locally by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Rob Bentley and Sandy Gholston handling the play-by-play duties. The broadcast begins at 12:30 p.m. (ET). A live video and audio webcast complete with internet statistics will be available through FSU's all-access video portal at

Presently, Ferris State is one of only four teams in all of college football to win at least 11 games each of the past five years. The Bulldogs along with Northwest Missouri State are the only programs in Division II football to make the playoffs each of the past five seasons.

In eight seasons under head coach Tony Annese, the Bulldogs have become a national power on the Division II level. FSU has posted a 81-15 overall mark in the last eight years and the Bulldogs have also posted the best winning percentage of all 21 collegiate programs in the state of Michigan along with the GLIAC since his arrival.