After Adams State exercised their buyout option rather than travel to Wichita Falls to pen the 2008 football season, Midwestern State was left scrambling to find a tenth opponent. It put MSU in a challenging position, as most schools have finalized their schedules.
“We are working to find a replacement game for Adams State, although it is very difficult at this point in the year," MSU Athletics Director Charlie Carr said. "It is particularly disappointing after we fulfilled the away portion of a two year home and home agreement to have a school back out at this time.”
And find a replacement they have. Not only a replacement, but an upgrade in quality of opponent as well. The Newberry Indians will be coming to Wichita Falls to play MSU on September 20 (though not yet listed on the schedule on the Midwestern State website as of yet).
Newberry, 9-2 last year, will have one of the toughest schedules in the country. Four of Newberry's first five opponents finished in the Top 25 in the final polls in 2007. They include defend national champion Valdosta State to open the season, MSU in week 3, Carson-Newman in week 4, and Catawba in week 5.