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WILBERFORCE, Ohio -- The Central State University athletic department released its 2016 football schedule on Wednesday.

central state marauder2014Despite only three home games on last year's schedule, CSU managed a respectable 5-5 overall record. Much to the delight of the coaching staff, players and fans, the 2016 schedule will feature five home games and a total of seven contests played within a 150 mile radius.

"We are excited to be playing in games that are more accessible for our fans this year," said CSU Head Coach Cedric Pearl. "With five games in McPherson Memorial Stadium, our fans are going to create a great environment to help give us a true home field advantage."

CSU fans will no doubt support the team when Central State makes the short trip to play the University of Dayton to open the season. The Marauders will then have back-to-back home games against Clark-Atlanta and Benedict on Sept. 10 and Sept. 17 before playing in the 33rd Circle City Classic against SIAC rival Kentucky State in Lucas Oil Stadium.

Central State makes its first trip down south in week five of the season to take on Virginia University-Lynchburg followed by a showdown in Fairfield, AL against SIAC reigning champion Miles College.

Lane College visits Wilberforce for Central State's Homecoming on Oct. 15. CSU will play their final road game the following weekend against Fort Valley State.

The Tuskegee Golden Tigers, the defending HSRN Division II HBCU National Champions and a NCAA Division II playoff quarterfinalist, come to McPherson on Oct. 29. The Marauders conclude the season on Nov. 5 when they host Southwest Baptist University.

Central State will be partnering with the Gem City Sports Network to provide live radio and video coverage of every home game.

Central State 2016 Football Schedule

Date Opponent Location Home / Away Time
9/3/2016 University of Dayton Dayton, OH A TBA
9/10/2016 Clark Atlanta University Wilberforce, OH H 1:30 PM
9/17/2016 Benedict College Wilberforce, OH H 1:30 PM
9/24/2016 Kentucky State University
Circle City Classic
Indianapolis, IN N 3 PM
10/1/2016 Virginia University of Lynchburg Lynchburg, VA A 1:30 PM
10/8/2016 Miles College Fairfield, AL A TBA
10/15/2016 Lane College
Wilberforce, OH H 1:30 PM
10/22/2016 Fort Valley State University Fort Valley, GA A 2 PM
10/29/2016 Tuskegee University Wilberforce, OH H 1 PM
11/5/2016 Southwest Baptist University Wilberforce, OH H 1 PM

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