WSU has signed a home-and-home with Central Michigan University.
Washington State will add Central Michigan to its football non-conference slate in 2019 and 2021, Cougars Athletic Director Bill Moos said Tuesday.
The Cougars will play the Chippewas at Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, Mich. on Sept. 14, 2019, and Central Michigan will return the visit at Martin Stadium on Sept. 4, 2021.
Kelly/Shorts Stadium has a capacity of 30,255, and the Chippewas are coached by John Bonamego. The Chippewas finished last season 7-6, with a 49-48 defeat to Western Kentucky in the Bahamas Bowl.
The home-and-home agreement grew out of Moos’ relationship with Central Michigan Athletic Director Dave Heeke, whom he he knew from their days as colleagues at Oregon.
This will be the first meeting between WSU and Central Michigan, and it marks the Cougars’ first game against a Mid-American Conference team since they beat Ball State 16-14 in 1984.
WSU has not played a team from the state of Michigan since it lost 21-16 to the Michigan Wolverines in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 1998.