Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University football team will open its 2013 gridiron campaign on the road at two-time defending FCS National Champion North Dakota State this Saturday (Sept. 7) and a special "watch party" is planned at the Buffalo Wild Wings location in Big Rapids.
Local Bulldog fans and students are invited to catch the game during the special watch event at BW3, which will air the live ESPN3 stream of the contest. The contest is being produced by the NBC Network in North Dakota and will be carried online via WatchESPN on ESPN3.
Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. (ET) at Gate City Bank Field inside NDSU's Fargodome.
For those fans not able to attend the live watch party, the webcast is available at this direct link:
In addition to the live webcast, Saturday's game will also be carried live locally by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Rob Bentley handling the play-by-play duties and Sandy Gholston offering color commentary. The contest will be streamed with free live audio online at FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
The nationally top-ranked Bison are coming off an impressive 24-21 road upset at defending Big 12 Conference Champion Kansas State on Friday (Aug. 30) night. A year ago, in 2012, North Dakota State won its second-straight NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) National Championship with a 39-13 win over Sam Houston State and also claimed the program's second Missouri Valley Football Conference title while finishing with a 14-1 overall record.
Meanwhile, Ferris State opens its 2013 campaign and 105th season of competition with high expectations in year two under head coach Tony Annese. The week one test will kickoff an 11-game Bulldog football slate in 2013 that features five home contests at Top Taggart Field and a 10-game GLIAC schedule.
FSU will play its home opener next week on Saturday, Sept. 14, as the Bulldogs open league action in Big Rapids against the Lake Erie Storm starting at 7 p.m. (ET).