Eagles-Bulldogs Football Game To Be Broadcast On ESPN3

Eagles-Bulldogs Football Game To Be Broadcast On ESPN3


Ashland University's football game against Ferris State on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field will be broadcast on ESPN3 as part of the 2017 Division II Football Showcase.

One of the top early-season matchups in NCAA Division II, the Eagles are coming off a 9-2 season and a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division championship in 2016, while the Bulldogs were 12-3 and an NCAA postseason squad.

In the preseason poll in the Lindy's Sports College Football National 2017 Preview magazine, Ashland was ranked No. 20 in the country, and Ferris State No. 2.

The 2016 matchup between the Eagles and Bulldogs in Big Rapids, Mich., also shown on ESPN3, resulted in a 39-31 Ashland victory following 25 unanswered AU points. In that game, Ashland was ranked No. 5 and FSU No. 7 in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Coaches' Top 25 poll.

Division II and ESPN are in their third year of a regular-season partnership. The 2017 Division II Football Showcase will be an 11-week, 22-game (18 games scheduled, four to be "flexed" in) schedule streamed on ESPN3. ESPN3 is available on the ESPN app.

"The collaboration with ESPN provides a continued opportunity to showcase Division II's balanced student-athlete experience," said Terri Steeb Gronau, vice president of Division II. "The student-athletes who will be featured in these games have made incredible achievements on and off the field, and we're excited to share their abilities with a broad national audience on ESPN3."

"The quality of Division II football continues to rise," said Steve Mullins, incoming chair of the Division II Football Committee and director of athletics at Arkansas Tech. "We are proud to provide our fans and communities the opportunity to watch some of the most exciting teams across the nation."



 Saturday, Sept. 2 — Notre Dame (Ohio) at Shepherd

Saturday, Sept. 2 — East Central at Oklahoma Baptist

Saturday, Sept. 9 — Bowie State at Winston-Salem State

Saturday, Sept. 9 — Albany State (Ga.) at Tuskegee

Saturday, Sept. 16 — Grand Valley State at Michigan Tech

Saturday, Sept. 16 — Tusculum at Limestone

Saturday, Sept. 23 — Mars Hill at Catawba

Saturday, Sept. 23 — Ferris State at ASHLAND

Saturday, Sept. 30 — West Florida at Florida Tech

Saturday, Sept. 30 — Colorado Mesa at Colorado State-Pueblo

Saturday, Oct. 7 — Southwest Baptist at Truman

Saturday, Oct. 7 — California (Pa.) at Indiana (Pa.)

Saturday, Oct. 14 — Findlay at Hillsdale

Saturday, Oct. 14 — Indiana (Pa.) at Slippery Rock

Saturday, Oct. 21 — Grand Valley State at Ferris State

Saturday, Oct. 21 — Tarleton State at Texas A&M-Kingsville

Saturday, Oct. 28 — Southern Arkansas at Henderson State

Saturday, Oct. 28 — Azusa Pacific at Central Washington

Saturday, Nov. 4 — To be determined

Saturday, Nov. 11 — To be determined