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Courtesy: Corey Ohlenkamp (Ball State Daily News)

Football Announces Date Change for Michigan Game

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
         
Release: December 19, 2013
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Ball State and Michigan have announced the two schools will change the date of the football game originally scheduled for the 2016 season to Sept. 12, 2020, at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.

"We are looking forward to the opportunity to have our student-athletes experience one of the most historic football stadiums in college football," Ball State athletics director Bill Scholl says.  "This is a perfect fit for our scheduling philosophy as we move forward with the Ball State football program."

Michigan is coached by Ball State alum, football letterwinner and former head football coach Brady Hoke.  Hoke played linebacker for the Cardinals from 1977-80, and was Ball State's head coach from 2003-08.  He will be inducted into the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame Feb. 14, 2014.

The Cardinals have played Michigan in football one time before with the Wolverines posting a 34-26 victory Nov. 4, 2006, in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Ball State posted a 10-2 regular season in 2013 under the direction of third-year head coach Pete Lembo.  Lembo has led the Cardinals to back-to-back bowl games for only the second time in school history.  Ball State, which played in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg after the 2012 season is scheduled to play Arkansas State in the GoDaddy Bowl Jan. 5, 2014.

Ball State's upcoming non-conference opponents are as follows:

2014
Sat., Sept. 5 - at Iowa
Sat., Oct. 4 - at Army
Sat., Oct. 25 - COLGATE

2015
Sat., Sept. 5 - VMI

Sat., Sept. 12 - MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE
Sat., Sept. 26 - at Northwestern

2016
Thurs., Sept. 1 - at Middle Tennessee State

Sat., Sept. 10 - at Indiana

2017
Sat., Sept. 2 – at Illinois
Sat., Oct. 7 -- ARMY

2020
Sat., Sept. 12 – at Michigan

NOTE:  Home games in ALL CAPS

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