Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University's Top Taggart Field will be the place to be this Saturday (Sept. 8) night as the nationally ninth-ranked Bulldogs host #19 Findlay in a top 20 showdown under the lights starting at 7 p.m. (ET).
The Bulldogs, who beat East Stroudsburg (Pa.) 49-17 in their season opener at home this past Thursday, will face the Oilers in a non-league battle. It will be Student Starbucks Day with the first 100 FSU students receiving a free beverage compliments of Starbucks.
A large crowd is expected for the evening showdown and fans are encouraged to "come early, cheer loud and wear red!".
Ferris State is currently a consensus top-20 team in every Division II poll and is seeking its fifth consecutive NCAA Division II Playoff appearance this season after back-to-back trips to the national quarterfinals or beyond.
Meanwhile, Findlay is coming off an impressive 69-19 road triumph over Kentucky Wesleyan and has a strong nucleus back from a team that reached the second round of the NCAA Playoffs a year ago. The Bulldogs leads the all-time series 15-11 and beat Findlay 48-27 in last year's season opener in Ohio.
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 Thursday 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 5 p.m. (ET) with the gates to the stadium opening at 5:30 p.m. (ET). Tailgating will begin three hours prior to game time.
Football tickets in advance 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 $5 per available space 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-Findlay football game will be broadcast live locally by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Rob Bentley handling the play-by-play duties and Sandy Gholston offering color commentary. The broadcast begins at 6:30 p.m. (ET). A live high-definition 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 five teams in all of college football to win at least 11 games each of the past four years. The Bulldogs along with Northwest Missouri State are the only programs in Division II football to make the playoffs each of the past four seasons.
In six seasons under head coach Tony Annese, the Bulldogs have become a national power on the Division II level. FSU has posted a 61-14 overall mark in the last six 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.