The Western Michigan Broncos completed their tentative 2023 football schedule on Tuesday afternoon, announcing a tentative agreement between WMU and the SEC’s Mississippi State Bulldogs.
“We are thrilled to be able to add this historic program to our schedule at such short notice, and we appreciate the efforts of Mississippi State to partner with us on this tremendous meeting and opportunity for our program,” said the WMU athletic director. Dan Bartholome said by press release. “We look forward to our trip to Starkville in 2023.”
The meeting will be the first between the two programs.
WMU is 1-5 all-time against members of the SEC, with their last game against an original member of the conference being in 1997 against Florida. (WMU played in Missouri in 2007 when it was a member of the Big 12 Conference.)
The new game will take place on October 7, 2023 in Starkville, Mississippi, with WMU serving as the third of four non-conference opponents from Mississippi State. The Broncos are scheduled to start the season at home against Saint Francis University on Aug. 31 before taking a two-game road trip to Syracuse on Sept. 9 and Iowa on Sept. 16. The Mississippi State game will be the Broncos’ last non-conference game.
The deal brings an adjustment to Mississippi State’s tentative schedule, as WMU replaces a road game for American Athletic Conference member Tulane. which was set for the same date. The Bulldogs won’t play in any of their four non-conference games, hosting Southeast Louisiana (Sept. 2), Arizona (Sept. 9) and Southern Miss (Nov. 18).
As of press time, it’s unclear how much Mississippi State will pay WMU for accepting the game.