Football to play San Jose State in 2020, 2025


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Children high-five CMU football players as they walk off the field following a 31-24 win against Northern Illinois University on Nov. 24 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Starting in 2020, the Central Michigan football team will play San Jose State as a part of a two-game series. 

The Chippewas will battle the Spartans at Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Sept. 5, 2020, while San Jose State will host CMU on Aug. 30, 2025. 

“The second game with San Jose State will give our student-athletes a chance to play in the heart of Silicon Valley and see a historical campus in downtown San Jose,” CMU Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Michael Alford said in a press release Friday.

CMU and San Jose State have met twice, in which the Chippewas have a 1-1 record. CMU won on the road against the Spartans, 34-32, in 1979 and lost in the 1990 California Raisin Bowl, 48-24. 

San Jose State plays out of the Mountain West Conference. 

In 2020, Central Michigan will play non-conference games against San Jose State, Northwestern, and Nebraska. 

“Strong non-conference opponents like San Jose State challenge us and make us better entering MAC play,” head coach John Bonamego said. “We also know our fans enjoy seeing Mountain West teams come into Kelly/Shorts.”

CMU’s game against San Jose State is currently the only scheduled non-conference game for the 2025 season. 

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