Eagles will play six home games at Roos Field, including the first two at “The Inferno” in August
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From the cold of last December to the heat of this August, Eastern Washington University football fans won’t have to wait long to watch the Eagles in action again.
In conjunction with the announcement of their opener versus Sam Houston State being broadcast on ESPN, Eastern has published its finalized schedule for the 2014 season. The schedule includes 12 games, including six at home and six on the road. Game times and television coverage will be announced at a later date.
The schedule includes two August home dates – Aug. 23 versus Sam Houston State and Aug. 30 versus Montana Western. The Bearkats ranked 14th in the final Sports Network NCAA Football Championship Subdivision poll, and closed the year 9-5 overall and 4-3 in the Southland Conference. Sam Houston State’s new head coach is K.C. Keeler, who was the head coach at Delaware when Eastern beat the Blue Hens 20-19 for the 2010 NCAA Division I Championship.
The Bulldogs are a member of the NAIA and the Frontier Conference, and finished 4-6 last season. Montana Western is located in Dillon, Mont.
Following that homestand, the Eagles play at Washington in Seattle in a rematch of a 2011 game in which EWU’s upset bid came up just short in a 30-27 loss. The new coach for the Huskies is Chris Petersen, and among his assistants are former Eagle coaches Jimmy Lake (also a former Eagle player), Rich Rasmussen and Pete Kwiatkowski. Washington finished 9-4 overall and 5-4 in the Pac-12 Conference a year ago, and defeated BYU 31-16 in the Fight Hunger Bowl.
Following that game, the Eagles close their non-conference schedule on Saturday, Sept. 20 against Montana State in Bozeman, Mont. As part of the league’s expansion in 2012, only Montana and Portland State will be on EWU’s annual schedule, and the other six league games are played on a rotating basis with the other 10 Big Sky teams. Thus, the Eagles will play non-league games the next two years versus MSU, which finished the 2013 season 7-5 overall and 5-3 in the Big Sky.
Eastern’s Big Sky schedule begins on Sept. 27 at UC Davis, and the team’s home league opener is Oct. 4 versus Idaho State and former Eastern head coach Mike Kramer. Eastern’s other home league games are against Northern Colorado (Oct. 18), North Dakota (Nov. 1) and Montana (Nov. 8). Other road games are at Southern Utah (Oct. 11), Northern Arizona (Oct. 25) and Portland State (Nov. 22).
2014 EWU FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Date - Opponent - Site - Time
Saturday, Aug. 23 - +Sam Houston State - Cheney, Wash. – 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 30 - Montana Western - Cheney, Wash. - TBA
Saturday, Sept. 6 - at Washington - Seattle, Wash. - TBA
Saturday, Sept. 13 - BYE
Saturday, Sept. 20 - at Montana State - Bozeman, Mont. - TBA
Saturday, Sept. 27 - at *UC Davis - Davis, Calif. - TBA
Saturday, Oct. 4 - *%Idaho State - Cheney, Wash. - TBA
Saturday, Oct. 11 - at *Southern Utah - Cedar City, Utah - TBA
Saturday, Oct. 18 - *Northern Colorado - Cheney, Wash. - TBA
Saturday, Oct. 25 - at *Northern Arizona - Flagstaff, Ariz. - TBA
Saturday, Nov. 1 - *#North Dakota - Cheney, Wash. - TBA
Saturday, Nov. 8 - *&Montana - Cheney, Wash. - TBA
Saturday, Nov. 15 - BYE
Saturday, Nov. 22 - at *Portland State - Portland, Ore. - TBA
*Big Sky Conference Game. #Homecoming. %Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame Day. &Senior Day. +Televised by ESPN.
Home Football Games in Cheney Take Place at Roos Field (formerly Woodward Field) on the EWU campus.
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All Times To Be Announced.