The Western Michigan Broncos have scheduled a home-and-home football series with the Georgia State Panthers, per a press release from the school.
The Broncos will visit Atlanta on September 22nd, 2018, while the Panthers will make the return trip to Kalamazoo on September 14th, 2019.
By the time Western Michigan visits Georgia State, the Panthers will be competing in a new facility. Turner Field, currently the home of the Atlanta Braves, will be used for Georgia State football contests starting in 2017. The Braves will depart for a new ballpark in Cobb County after the 2016 MLB season.
The match-up in Atlanta will be the first meeting in the two programs’ history. Georgia State only begun to field a football team in 2010, transitioning to the FBS level in 2013. As a member of the Sun Belt Conference, Georgia State has stood their ground as a formidable challenge on teams schedules in their short history. Reigning Sun Belt Head Coach of the Year Trent Miles lead the Panthers to their first ever bowl berth this past season. Georgia State was eventually defeated by the San Jose State Spartans in the 2015 AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando, FL.
The Broncos’ last trip to Georgia wasn’t very friendly; WMU lost to eventual Sun Belt champion Georgia Southern at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro, GA 43-17 last season.
The Broncos now have two non-conference games scheduled for 2019. Western Michigan is slated to visit Michigan State one week before hosting Georgia State. The Panthers are Western Michigan’s first scheduled match-up in 2018. Below is Western Michigan’s full list of future non-conference opponents.
09/03 - at Northwestern
09/10 - NC Central
09/17 - at Illinois
09/24 - Georgia Southern
09/02 - at USC
09/16 - at Michigan State
09/23 - Idaho
09/22 - at Georgia State
09/07 - at Michigan State
09/14 - Georgia State