CMU Announces 2012 Nonconference Football Schedule
Courtesy: Jason Kaufman/CMU Athletics
Kelly/Shorts Stadium will host its first seven-game schedule since 1984 this season.
MOUNT PLEASANT - Three home games at Kelly/Shorts Stadium highlight Central Michigan's 2012 nonconference football schedule.

The Chippewas open the season at home against Southeast Missouri State on Thursday, Aug. 30 before hosting Michigan State on Saturday, Sept. 8. CMU also visits Iowa on Sept. 22 and hosts Navy on Oct. 13 in nonconference play this fall.

The three nonconference home dates are part of CMU's first seven-game home schedule since 1984.

CMU defeated Southeast Missouri State, 44-27, in the 2004 home opener, the only other previous meeting between the programs. Southeast Missouri State was 3-8 overall in 2011, one season after the Redhawks were 9-3, won the Ohio Valley Conference and advanced to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs.

The Chippewas are 3-5 all-time against Michigan State, but this season's contest will mark Michigan State's first trip to Kelly/Shorts Stadium and just the second time CMU has hosted a Big Ten Conference opponent; the Chippewas opened the 2005 season at home against Indiana. Michigan State was 11-3 overall in 2011, winning the Big Ten Legends Division and defeating Georgia, 33-30, in the Outback Bowl. The Spartans were ranked No. 10 in the final USA Today coaches' poll and No. 11 in the final Associated Press poll.

Iowa holds a 2-0 lead in the all-time series over CMU, claiming wins in 1994 and 1998. The Hawkeyes were 7-6 overall in 2011 and closed the season in the Insight Bowl.

Navy becomes the second service academy to visit Kelly/Shorts Stadium, following Army's trip to Mount Pleasant in 2007. CMU is 0-2 all-time against Navy, including a 38-37 defeat in Annapolis in 2010. The Midshipmen were 5-7 overall in 2011, snapping a streak of eight consecutive seasons in a bowl game.

Kickoff times and the Mid-American Conference schedule will be released at a later date. The Chippewas will host Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Ball State and Miami and travel to Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois and UMass in conference play in 2012.

Central Michigan 2012 Nonconference Football Schedule
Thursday, Aug. 30 vs. Southeast Missouri State
Saturday, Sept. 8 vs. Michigan State
Saturday, Sept. 22 at Iowa
Saturday, Oct. 13 vs. Navy