" We are looking forward to a very challenging schedule in 2013, beginning with a very talented Illinois State team coming to Scheumann Stadium to kick off the season ... I was impressed with how the Redbirds handled Eastern Michigan last year and defeated Appalachian State on the road in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. "
" There's one every year. Appalachian State against (then No. 5) Michigan to open the (2007) season you would never guess that game would end the way it did ... For those teams that come in, you need to come to play football at the same level of intensity. "