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Posted: Friday, September 8, 2017 9:46 am | Updated: 9:52 am, Fri Sep 8, 2017.

After beating Walsh University to open the season, the Wayne State football team will look to start 2-0 when they host No.18 ranked Indianapolis University on Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. 

This will be the first game between the two teams since 2011, the Greyhounds' final season in the GLIAC.

The Warriors trail the all-time series 10-11, but WSU has won the last five meetings against Indianapolis.

In their 28-9 win over the Cavaliers, junior quarterback D.J. Zezula threw three touchdowns, two to sophomore wide receiver Darece Roberson Jr, while the running backs picked up 287 yards, 123 coming from junior Deiontae Nicholas, who also scored a touchdown. 

After a few weeks of fall camp, sophomore center Charlie Younger, who made his first collegiate start against Walsh, was excited to see action against an opponent.

"All throughout camp you just pound on each other, you see the same guys every day, but once you see a different color in front of you, it's more rewarding to hit someone else for a change," Younger said. 

Indianapolis comes into the game off an upset victory over No. 2 ranked Grand Valley State University, 24-20, in week one. In the win, the Greyhounds ran the ball 55 times, gaining 326 yards, 206 yards coming from true freshman running back, Al McKeller.

Wayne State Head Coach Paul Winters said he expects a different game plan from Indianapolis this week.

"I think Indianapolis is a well-coached team, and I think they will do what they can be successful at,” Winters said. “I would be very disappointed if they can run like that against our defense.”

"They'll try to[run the ball] and if they're having success, they'll continue to do it. We have to make sure they don't have success.”

He said they have the ability to throw the ball as well, so WSU is going to have to do everything they can to win.

Winters said he believes this week's game against a ranked opponent could be beneficial for his team, which features more younger players than in past years. 

"There's pressure when you play a ranked opponent and that experience is important because we're going to play great teams in our league as we go on throughout the season," he said. "I think this will be an opportunity for them to get an idea of how they'll respond to that pressure."

This week's game will be the first of four consecutive home football games at night for WSU.

According to sophomore safety Kyle Toth, playing night games provides something different compared to day games.

"We try to not make it different, [but] I think a lot of people like playing night games better," Toth said. “You get more time that day to prepare for the game and think about it and get in the zone, rather than waking up, warming up and playing."

Kickoff for the is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Tom Adams Field.  The game will be broadcast on television on Comcast channel 900 and on the radio on 101.5 FM and 1400AM WDTK.

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