CMU Announces 2011 Nonconference Football Schedule
Courtesy: Robert Barclay/CMU
The Chippewas open the 2011 season at home Thursday, Sept. 1 against South Carolina State.
MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan announced on Friday its 2011 nonconference football schedule, a slate that includes a season opener at home and road games against Southeastern Conference, Big Ten Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.

The Chippewas open the season at home on Thursday, Sept. 1 against South Carolina State. The remaining three nonconference games are on the road against teams that competed in bowl games this season: Kentucky (Saturday, Sept. 10), Michigan State (Saturday, Sept. 24) and North Carolina State (Saturday, Oct. 8).

CMU opens the season at home on the Thursday prior to Labor Day for the third time in the past four seasons. The opener will mark the first meeting between CMU and South Carolina State, which finished 9-3 overall and won its third consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship in 2010. The Bulldogs were defeated by Georgia Southern in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs on Nov. 27.

The following week, the Chippewas travel to Kentucky for the sixth meeting all-time between the programs. Kentucky has won each of the five previous meetings, including a 45-36 decision at Commonwealth Stadium in 2006. The Wildcats, 6-6 overall in 2010, will face Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 8.

CMU and Michigan State will be meeting for the eighth time on the gridiron. The Spartans lead the series, 4-3, but CMU claimed a 29-27 victory in the most recent matchup at Spartan Stadium in 2009. Michigan State was 11-2 overall this season, claimed a share of the Big Ten championship, and played in the Capital One Bowl on New Year’s Day.

The Oct. 8 matchup between CMU and North Carolina State will be the first between the two programs. The Wolfpack finished 9-4 overall in 2010, including a 23-7 win over West Virginia in the Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 28.

Kickoff times and the complete Mid-American Conference schedule will be announced at a later date. CMU season ticket renewals will begin April 1.

Central Michigan’s 2011 Nonconference Football Schedule
Thursday, Sept. 1 - vs. South Carolina State
Saturday, Sept. 10 - at Kentucky
Saturday, Sept. 24 - at Michigan State
Saturday, Oct. 8 - at North Carolina State