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Northern Michigan University center Wyatt Davis catches a touchdown pass from brother quarterback Drake Davis and Michigan Tech defenseman Jacob Newman in the third quarter of their game against the GLIAC at the Superior Dome in Marquette October 16. (Photo courtesy of Daryl T. Jarvinen)

Home opener: NMU hosts McKendree in a non-conference game at the Superior Dome on Thursday, Sept. 1; TBA game time

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MARQUETTE – The Northern Michigan University football team will play five of the 10 home games currently on its schedule for the upcoming season.

An 11th game could be added to the schedule, almost certainly a non-conference game, on its September 10 opening date.

All games except the season opener will be played on Saturdays with no game times announced yet.

The Wildcats will look to improve on their 4-7 overall and 2-5 GLIAC records last fall as Northern scored 233 points, averaging 21.2 points per game.

The four wins were the most since 2015 after the NMU ended its 2021 season with a 34-26 victory over Northwood at its home, the Superior Dome, on November 13.

This fall, the Wildcats open with three non-conference games, including two at home, before diving into their conference schedule with seven consecutive GLIAC games to end the season.

One of the non-league games, in Davenport on Sept. 17, is against a GLIAC opponent that the Wildcats will face later in the season at home in a conference game. NMU also faced the Panthers twice in a similar situation last season.

The season opens just before the start of Labor Day weekend on Thursday, September 1 at the Superior Dome against McKendree. Northern won its game at Illinois school last fall, 27-20, while McKendree was also 4-7 last year.

After the current opening date of September 10, NMU travels to Davenport for its non-league contest on September 17 before returning home to host its final non-conference meeting against Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut.

The game against Post, 2-3 last season, will be the programs’ first time meeting on the gridiron and will be Northern’s comeback contest.

Then the GLIAC schedule begins in earnest, opening at Wayne State on October 1 before the Wildcats face Davenport again at home on October 8. NMU beat Wayne State in a memorable 26-point, 26-19 comeback last year at Marquette, while the Wildcats went 1-1 against DU last year.

October 15 marks Northern’s annual meeting against Upper Peninsula rival Michigan Tech in the Miners Cup game to be played in Houghton.

Another road game will follow Oct. 22 at Grand Valley State, last year’s league runner-up with 6-1 GLIAC and 10-2 overall.

This is followed by back-to-back home games against defending NCAA and GLIAC Division II champions Ferris State on October 29 and Saginaw Valley State on November 5. FSU finished with a perfect 14-0 record last fall, while SVSU was third in the league. at 4-3 to go with an overall score of 7-4 last year.

New league member Lake Erie College is the Wildcats’ final regular season game with the game in Painesville, Ohio on Nov. 12. In their only previous meeting, NMU won 38-35 in 2016.

Information compiled by Journal Sports editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is [email protected]



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