Remember all those arguments about how a Power 5 program would be unwilling to do a straight home-and-home series with your favorite MACtion squad? Add Syracuse to the list of those not afraid to make their way to the Rust Belt, as the Western Michigan Broncos and the Syracuse Orange announced a home-and-home series in football between the two squads today.
20018 will see the Orange travel to Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo for the WMU home portion of the contract with a return trip to New York taking place in 2019. It’s a chance for WMU to have a winnable game against a major opponent and for Broncos fans to check out one of the most unique stadiums in the college football universe with the multi-use Carrier Dome.
From the WMU release...
Western Michigan University and Syracuse have announced a contract for a home-and-home football series beginning in 2018. Syracuse will visit Waldo Stadium on Sept. 1, 2018 before the Broncos travel to the Carrier Dome on Sept. 21, 2019. The series marks the first meetings between the two schools.
The game in 2018 will mark the second time in four years the Broncos will open up the season with a Power 5 team in Waldo Stadium after hosting Michigan State in 2015. It is the fifth time since 2000 a Power 5 team has come to Kalamazoo.
There is history on the current Bronco coaching staff with Syracuse as head coach Tim Lester was quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator there in 2013-15. He was joined by current Bronco assistant coaches Tim Daoust (2011-15) and Jake Moreland (2015) along with current director of operations Drew Robinson (2015).
First College Gameday and now an ACC program heading to Waldo. It’s a great time to be a Bronco.