Division III football program Illinois Wesleyan will be opening their 2016 season against a Mexican school, Monterrey Tech-State.
The Titans were left in a bind when Lawrence University cancelled their season opener against the team. So, Illinois Wesleyan called up the Borregos Salvajes (Wild Sheep) for a game, which they gratefully accepted.
Monterrey Tech is one of the 35 schools in Mexico to play American football and they’re among the best. The program is the No. 3-ranked team in the country in preseason polls and have won national championships in 1996, 2000 and 2003.
“The play a spread formation and will up-temp the game, playing fast and quick,” said Titans head coach Norm Eash. “It will also be their second game of the season and our opener so that’s a concern.”
Another cause for concern for the Titans is the Borregos Salvajes’ veteran experience, as players are given non-athletic scholarships and granted seven years of eligibility. Illinois Wesleyan has played international teams before, but none tougher than Monterrey Tech.
The Titans open the season on Sept. 3 when they host the Mexican team, their first time ever hosting an international school.
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