Coming off an 8-5 season capped by a bowl victory, Western Michigan University announced dates and time for the 2016 football season, which features two games against Big Ten teams.

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The Broncos will open the season on Saturday, Sept. 3rd at Noon against Northwestern. Northwestern finished 2nd in the Big Ten West last season with a 10-3 record. (The game will be on ESPNU)

The home opener (Comm-University Night) is the following Saturday against North Carolina Central.

Then the Broncos travel to Champaign to play Illinois.  This game was setting up to be a match up of former WMU coach Bill Cubit against his successor, P.J. Fleck, but Cubit was replaced earlier this season by former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith.

The annual Central Michigan game is Oct. 1st. at Mt. Pleasant.

Here's the entire schedule.

2016 Western Michigan Broncos Football Schedule

September

3 at Northwestern, 12:00 pm ET (ESPNU)

10 North Carolina Central, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3) - CommUniverCity

17 at Illinois, 4:00 pm ET (ESPNews)

24 Georgia Southern – Hall of Fame Game

October

1 at Central Michigan

8 NIU, 6:30 pm ET – Homecoming and Family Weekend

15 at Akron

22 Eastern Michigan

November

1 at Ball State, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

8 at Kent State, 7:30 pm ET (ESPN2/CBS Sports Network)

19 Buffalo – Salute to Veterans

25 Toledo – Senior Day