BIG RAPIDS - The Ferris State University Bulldogs will next square off against Minnesota State in the 2018 NCAA Division II National Semifinals on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Blakeslee Stadium in Mankato, Minn.
The Bulldogs, who beat Ouachita Baptist 37-14 on the road Saturday in the national quarterfinals in Arkansas, will meet the Mavericks in the semifinal tilt starting at 3 p.m. (ET). The game will be aired live by ESPN3 and air locally on flagship station Sunny 97.3 FM and online at FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
The four remaining semifinal teams were reseeded following Saturday's quarterfinal games and the Bulldogs drew the #3 seed with Minnesota State picked #2 overall. In the other semifinal match, top-seeded Valdosta State (Ga.) will host fourth-seeded Notre Dame (Ohio) on Saturday at 12 p.m. (ET).
The two semifinal winners will then meet in the D2 National Championship game on Dec. 15 in McKinney, Texas.
Presently, the Bulldogs own a nation-leading 14-0 overall record this season and have won three-straight D2 playoff games, capturing their second Super Region Championship in the past three years. The Bulldogs will be making their third-ever national semifinal appearance, including the second berth in the past three seasons.
Meanwhile, Minnesota State holds a 13-0 mark to date this season and is coming off a 13-10 quarterfinal-round home win over Tarleton State (Texas) in a game played under heavy snowy conditions in Mankato.
Ticket prices for the playoff game are $15 for reserved seats and $10 for adult general admission seating. Youth and senior citizens are $5 while college students with/ID are $3 and children five and under are free.
No phone orders will be accepted for tickets. Fans are encouraged to purchase advance tickets online at www.msumavericktickets.com and tickets purchased online may be picked up on "gameday" at the station outside the main entrance labeled "Advance Ticket Purchase Pick-Up" starting at 12:30 pm (CT).
Fans can purchase tickets on gameday starting 90 minutes prior to kickoff, but are encouraged to purchase online in advance to avoid waiting in line. All fans can call 507-389-5884 for additional information.
Saturday's game will be carried live across the country online by ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app while also be aired locally by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with the veteran broadcast team of Rob Bentley (play-by-play) and Sandy Gholston (color) calling the action. Pregame coverage gets underway at 2 p.m. (ET). The contest will also be streamed with FREE live audio online at FerrisStateBulldogs.com. Visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com for a complete listing of links.
In addition to radio and internet coverage, Bulldog fans can also follow Saturday's contest with live scoring updates on several official social media platforms. Visit www.twitter.com/FerrisFootball to follow the tweet-by-tweet coverage with periodic scoring updates or visit www.facebook.com/FerrisFootball.
Stay tuned to FerrisStateBulldogs.com for additional postseason playoff information as it becomes available!