Presbyterian will once again take on a MAC squad in their out-of-conference schedule, this time traveling to Mt. Pleasant to take on the Central Michigan Chippewas.
The Blue Hose lost to the Miami RedHawks 26-7 in Oxford last season, and lost 55-3 against the 2014 NIU Huskies. This will be their first visit to Mt. Pleasant. The Chippewas and Blue Hose had a common opponent last year: Monmouth. The Blue Hose lost to the Hawks 21-16, while the Chippewas won 31-10.
Presbyterian will have several key players to keep an eye on if you're a fan of CMU. Darrell Bridges, a 6'1" 200 lb. redshirt junior running back will be the returning offensive yards leader for the Blue Hose, amassing 1,065 net yards and 8 touchdowns in 2015. Those numbers were better than every receiver's numbers combined (902 yards and three TD's among 13 passcatchers).
ON defense, Obinna Ntiasagwe, a 6'2", 265 lb. defensive lineman, returns for the Blue Hose ready to wreck havoc after a good 2015 campaign that saw 41 total tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks for a net loss of 31 yards, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Ntiasagwe will be the defensive catalyst for the Blue Hose, as five starters from last year's team on the defensive side graduated this past offseason.
How to Watch, Listen and Stream:
Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. EST in Mt. Pleasant, MI
Kickoff temperature is expected to be 69 degrees with clear skies and no chance of precipitation, according to AccuWeather's hourly extended forecast.
ESPN3 exclusive. A valid cable subscription is required to view the game. Local blackouts could occur.
CMU fans can tune in to the new flagship station for the Chippewa Sports Network at 98.5 WUPS, while Presbyterian fans can tune in to WKRI-FM 91.9 on their radio dials.
Not available for FCS/FBS matchups
Fun fact about the opponent:
The team name for Presbyterian was officially adopted in the 1950's, but not before going through a few reworkings and interpretations.
From the Presbyterian College Athletics website:
The nickname "Blue Hose" began in the early 1900's, when sportswriters referred to the Presbyterian College athletic teams as the "Blue Stockings" because of the blue socks they wore. Writers used the terms "stockings" and "hose" interchangeably over the years.
Former college PR guy Ben Hay Hammet's 1982 centennial history of PC noted that blue-stocking Presbyterians also referred to "Presbyterians with strong puritan leanings."
"At any rate," Hammet wrote, "the sports nickname was shortened to ‘Blue Hose' in 1954- presumably under the assumption that it sounded somewhat fiercer to carry onto the field of athletic battle."
"Blue Hose" has survived all these years, taking on even more meaning. Today the name signifies fierce Scottish warriors, further adding to Hammet's take on the term. This interpretation also reflects the college's Scottish heritage.