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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University football team will visit archrival Grand Valley State for the Anchor-Bone Classic this Saturday (Oct. 22) and the game is already starting to receive significant attention.
Saturday's 7 p.m. (ET) showdown between the two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) rivals at Lubbers Stadium in Allendale was recently featured as one of the "Top 50 Games In October" by the Bleacher Report, which is one of the largest sports destinations on the web with 20 million unique readers each month.
The contest was ranked fifth on the list of top 50 games this month and was the only non-Division I matchup featured in the report writted by columnist David Luther. The Anchor-Bone Trophy is annually presented to the game's winner.
Luther wrote, "Prior to about 2000, Division II wasn't much better than a scholarship version of Division III or junior college football. Times have changed, and D2 has grown into a popular alternative to Division I for many fans. One of the most dominant teams over the past decade has been Grand Valley State. After Grand Valley State started the 2011 season 2-3, other teams began to smell blood in the water. One such team is the Ferris State Bulldogs. Separated by less than 60 miles, these two schools have an intense all-sports rivalry."
The Bulldogs head into Saturday night's contest with a 5-2 record and a 4-2 league mark. FSU has won four of its last five contests to date and is presently tied for first place in the GLIAC North Division standings along with Saginaw Valley State and Indianapolis. The Lakers have bounced back after a three-game skid to win their last three games and are currently 4-3 overall and 3-3 in league play.
Tickets for Saturday's Anchor-Bone Classic are now on sale and can be purchased by calling the GVSU Ticket Office at (616) 331-3200 or online at www.gvsutickets.com.
Saturday's contest will be carried live by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Rob Bentley providing the play-by-play action and Sandy Gholston offering color commentary. The broadcast begins with the Meijer Bulldog Football Pregame Show at 6:30 p.m. (ET) and can be accessed online at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
The contest will also be televised on Comcast 900 in parts of Michigan and can also be viewed online at www.gvsulakers.com.
The Anchor Bone Trophy, which is sponsored by Huntington Bank, is awarded annually to the winner of the Ferris State-Grand Valley State football game. The trophy debuted in 2002 and GVSU has maintained possession of the trophy the last eight years with four home wins in Allendale along with four at FSU's Top Taggart Field.
GVSU holds a 26-12-1 all-time series' advantage entering Saturday's showdown and has won 10 consecutive meetings between the two schools. The Bulldogs will be making their first trip to Allendale since the 2008 campaign as the Lakers have visited FSU each of the last two years.
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