Big Rapids, Mich. - The Bulldog Sports Network and local flagship station Sunny 97.3 FM have announced this Saturday's (Oct. 13) Anchor-Bone Classic gridiron showdown between Ferris State and Grand Valley State will feature an extended pregame radio show live from Lubbers Stadium in Allendale.
The Johnson Automotive Pregame Show will begin an hour prior to kickoff at 6 p.m. (ET) and be carried live both on Sunny 97.3 FM and online at FerrisStateBulldogs.com. The veteran broadcast crew of Rob Bentley and Sandy Gholston will team up to call the battle between the third-ranked Bulldogs and the 2nd-ranked Lakers.
In addition to the extended pregame coverage and the live game broadcast, fans can also listen to the Lake Osceola State Bank Postgame Show immediately following the game across the Bulldog Sports Network.
Both teams head into Saturday night's contest ranked among the top three teams in the nation and it will represent the 10th time in series' history in which both squads have been ranked in the major D2 national poll at kickoff. GVSU was listed second last week with FSU third in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Rankings. Both teams are ranked among the country's top 10 in virtually every D2 poll.
Saturday's game will mark the fourth-straight year in which both teams have been ranked among the top 15 nationally at kickoff time and the sixth consecutive time, including postseason games in both 2015 and 2016. Three years ago, when the Bulldogs notched a decisive 61-24 regular-season victory in 2015 in Allendale, it represented the first time both teams had been in the top 15 in 20 years since a 30-21 FSU victory over the Lakers on Sept. 30, 1995, in Big Rapids.
Overall, the two squads have both been found in the national rankings at kickoff time in the regular-season in 1993, 1994, 1995, 2008, 2015, 2016 and 2017 along with postseason matchups in both 2015 and 2016. FSU owns a 4-3-1 mark all-time against the Lakers when both squads are nationally-ranked.
The Bulldogs head into Saturday's tilt with a 6-0 overall record and a 4-0 league slate after a 42-24 triumph over Michigan Tech in the "Battle At The Ballpark" played at Fifth Third Ballpark on Saturday (Oct. 6) in Comstock Park. Meanwhile, the Lakers are presently also 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the GLIAC after a non-league home win over Dixie State.
Ferris State has captured five of the last six regular-season matchups between the two West Michigan rivals. The two teams have both also squared off in the NCAA Division II Playoffs twice in the last three years with GVSU winning in 2015 in Big Rapids before FSU returned the favor with a 47-32 triumph over the Lakers in 2016 in Allendale in the Super Region Four Championship game. Bulldog head coach Tony Annese owns an overall 6-2 mark against GVSU in his career.
The Anchor Bone Trophy is awarded annually to the winner of the Ferris State-Grand Valley State football game. The trophy debuted in 2002 and GVSU won the first nine matchups before FSU maintained possession of the trophy four consecutive years from 2012-15. The Lakers reclaimed the trophy in the regular-season in 2016 before the Bulldogs won a thrilling 28-27 decision at Top Taggart Field last year in the NCAA Division II National Game of the Week. GVSU holds a 29-18-1 all-time series' advantage entering Saturday's showdown between the two schools.