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Ferris State's football schedule should help Bulldogs have banner season

The Ferris State football schedule for 2014 was recently announced and it would appear the Bulldogs should finish 10-1, and no worse than 9-2, provided that there are no surprises.
This would be the peak of coach Tony Annese's three-year reign as coach of Ferris State.
He took a 6-5 team and turned it into 7-4 his first year and 8-3 last season. They're not looking for 8-3 this year. Regardless, they're looking to make the playoffs. An 11-0 or 10-1 record would make it for sure. Even 9-2 or 8-3 could do the trick. But it would be best to avoid 8-3.
The schedule works in Ferris' favor this season The suicide trip to North Dakota State to open last season is on the schedule. The Bulldogs open at Mckendree in Lebanon ll., on Sept. 4. That should be a win and so should Sept. 13 at Northwood. The toughest games for Ferris will be at home Sept. 20 with Grand Valley, at Saginaw Valley Sept. 27 and at Michigan Tech Oct. 25.
Ferris has been itching for revenge against Saginaw Valley. They should get it. But beating Grand Valley again won't be easy and playing at Michigan Tech is always difficult.
One of those three games Ferris should get, maybe more. That's why 9-2 is extremely possible and 10-1 is possible. An 11-0 record is unlikely. It's just too tough of a schedule and too tall of an order.
But Annese seems to have all the pieces in order to get 9-2 or better. The schedule favors the Bulldogs. Anything less than 9-2 would be disappointing. Even if they would lose to Grand Valley or Saginaw Valley, they can get another crack at either in the playoffs
Jason Vander Laan has to have another big year at quarterback, but it appears he will.
As long as the Bulldogs stay healthy and Annese and his players behave themselves, it should be a memorable season.

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