KALAMAZOO - Western Michigan football will be a part of the Mid-American Conference Game of the Week over the next two weeks.Â One of the contests will be at home but the first will be on the road.Â The Broncos will face an Ohio team that has lost three in a row and is looking to go over .500 in conference action.Â WMU is looking to continue its good start coming off the bye week.
The Broncos and Bobcats have not met since the 2003 campaign and only twice since 2000.Â Prior to that, the two teams had not missed a year for half a century (1948-98).
THE GAME â€¢ WMU is coming off its bye week and Ohio is coming off a home loss to Bowling Green, 21-9. The Broncos defeated the Falcons, 45-14, after the bye in 2005 and Ohio has not lost back-to-back home games since 2003.
TELEVISION â€¢ This match up has been tabbed the MAC Game of the Week and will be carried by FSN Ohio (Ohio market), Comcast Local (Michigan market), CSN Chicago (Illinois market) and T-W-13 (Buffalo, N.Y. market). This will be the first of two straight games Western Michigan will compete in the conferenceâ€™s highlighted contest.
RADIO â€¢ This and all Western Michigan football games will be broadcast live on the Bronco Radio Network, which includes its flagship station, WFAT - 96.5 FM, as well as WZUU - 92.3 FM in the Kalamazoo market. Robin Hook (play-by-play) and Monty Porter (analysis) will have the call as they have together for the past eight seasons.
WEB SITE â€¢ All home WMU football games can be seen and heard live via the official athletics web site (www.wmubroncos.com) by subscribing to Bronco Insider, which can be found on the home page of the site. Live Stats are available for FREE for all Bronco home games by clicking the link atop the home football page. Todayâ€™s game can be seen via All-MACcess through the Bronco Insider subscription - a great way to watch the Broncos if the game is not televised in your area.
SERIES IN BRIEF â€¢ Western Michigan leads the all-time series 29-27-1 and the home and road edge is just one game for the Broncos. The two teams have not competed since the Broncos defeated the Bobcats, 39-32, in 2003. THE
COACHES â€¢ Bill Cubit (Delaware, 1975) is in his second season as the head coach of Western Michigan. The Sharon Hill, Pa., native led the Broncos to the biggest turnaround in Mid-American Conference history with five conference wins. Cubit served as offensive coordinator for WMU from 1997-99. Frank Solich (Nebraska, 1966) is in his second season at Ohio after spending six seasons at Nebraska. Solich was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2001 and the Cornhuskers spent 54-straight weeks in the Associated Press Top-10 under his tutelage.
UP NEXT â€¢ Western Michigan Garrett Wolfe and Northern Illinois to Waldo Stadium for Homecoming on Oct. 14. This contest between the two MAC West rivals will be the MAC Game of the Week and kicks off at 2 p.m.
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