Big Rapids, Mich. - The nationally second-ranked Ferris State University football squad continues action at home this Saturday (Oct. 26) as the Bulldogs welcome the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals to Top Taggart Field.
The Bulldogs, who are currently 7-0 overall and atop the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference at 5-0 this year, will square off against the Cardinals 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 represent FSU's Football Alumni Day with all former players and staff invited back to support the Bulldogs. Ferris State will also honor a pair of championship teams during the game as the Bulldogs' 1994 and 1999 league championship teams will be celebrating their 25th and 20th reunions, respectively.
Along with Football Alumni Day, this weekend will also mark Ferris State's Friends & Family Weekend on the FSU campus. Additional information Friends & Family Weekend for FSU students can be found at this link: https://www.ferris.edu/parents/friendsandfamilyweekend.htm
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 25-straight regular-season games and are coming off a 44-17 league home win over Northwood this past Saturday.
Saginaw Valley State is guided by first-year head coach and former Bulldog assistant coach Ryan Brady, who served the past seven seasons prior to this year on the FSU staff under Ferris State head coach Tony Annese. He has the Cardinals off to a 4-3 start this year and a 2-2 league mark after a 35-31 non-league setback at Lindenwood (Mo.) this past week.
Tickets for Ferris State Football can be bought in advance online at www.StarTickets.com, 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 FerrisStateBulldogs.com for additional information.
The FSU-SVSU 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 FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
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 82-15 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.