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Western Michigan makes adjustment to 2020 schedule, replacing Colgate with Stony Brook

The change was necessitated by the Patriot League’s recently adapted “guiding principles” in regards to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Western Michigan announced today that they’ve made a change to their football schedule, replacing Colgate with the Stony Brook Seawolves on Friday, Sept. 4 in Kalamazoo.

The Patriot League, the conference the Raiders call home, announced last week that they will prohibit their teams from flying to road games due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Seawolves, who compete in the Colonial Athletic Conference, have no such restrictions. Stony Brook finished 5-7 last year in the CAA, missing the FCS playoffs for the first time since 2016.

This will be the first meeting between the two programs.

“We are looking forward to opening the 2020 season with Stony Brook,” Broncos head coach Tim Lester said via press release on Thursday morning. “We know coronavirus has changed, and will keep changing, how we operate this season. We will continue to operate with an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our student-athletes, staff members, fans and WMU community.”

Kickoff time has not yet been determined, and there is no word on if the date with Colgate will be made up on the future schedules as of publication.

The Broncos are looking to build off of last seasons 7-6 record, which ended with a 23-20 loss to Western Kentucky in the First Responder Bowl. With this most recent change, the 2020 non-conference season slate for the Broncos looks thusly:

  • Friday, Sept. 4th - Stony Brook
  • Friday, Sept. 11th - at Cincinnati
  • Saturday, Sept. 18- at Notre Dame
  • Saturday, Sept. 26th - Syracuse