Purdue announced Wednesday that it will open the 2011 season at home against Middle Tennessee.
The Boilers needed a replacement opponent after Kent State backed out of a contract to open its season against Alabama. Middle Tennessee gets a good deal, as the Blue Raiders receive an $850,000 guarantee for the game, half of which comes from the buyout Kent State paid ($425,000) to break the contract.
The game will be played Sept. 3 in West Lafayette and will mark the first meeting between the programs.
"We were put into a very tough spot trying to fill a hole in our schedule barely 10 months away from the opening of the 2011 football season," Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke said in a statement. "Our staff came together and did an outstanding job of finding us a quality opponent without having to disrupt any other school's schedule. My counterpart at Middle Tennessee State, Chris Massaro, has been great to work with throughout this process, and we look forward to seeing the Blue Raiders in Ross-Ade Stadium."
Middle Tennessee opens with a Big Ten opponent for the second consecutive year after hosting Minnesota on Sept. 2.
Here's Purdue's complete 2011 schedule:
Sept. 3: Middle Tennessee
Sept. 10: at Rice
Sept. 17: Southeast Missouri State
Sept. 24: Open
Oct. 1: Notre Dame
Oct. 8: Minnesota
Oct. 15: at Penn State
Oct. 22: Illinois
Oct. 29: at Michigan
Nov. 5: at Wisconsin
Nov. 12: Ohio State
Nov. 19: Iowa
Nov. 26: at Indiana