The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team will play seven games in Homer Bryce Stadium during the 2014 campaign, announced SFA Director of Athletics Robert Hill Wednesday morning.
"I think this might be one of the best schedules we have had in a number of seasons,primarily because of the seven home games," Hill said. "It gives us a chance to be a factor in the conference race."
The 2014 schedule is highlighted by the season-opener at Kansas State on Aug. 30 in Manhattan, Kansas. The game against the Wildcats will be the first NCAA FBSopponent for SFA outside the state of Texas since traveling to Tulsa in 2006. The game will also represent the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
Following the game at K-State, the ‘Jacks will play four consecutive games at home, beginning with Incarnate Word (Sept. 6). The game against UIW will represent the second of three first-ever meetings on the docket for 2014. SFA will follow up with Texas A&M-Commerce (Sept. 13) and Weber State (Sept. 20). The 'Jacks will face TAMUC for the first time since 2000, while the game against WSU concludes a home-and-home series. SFA will look to exact revenge on theWildcats before entering the bye week, after suffering a season-opening 50-40 loss in Ogden, Utah, in 2013.
For a second consecutive season, the 'Jacks will have an off-week before opening Southland Conference play. SFA will conclude its four-game home stand with Central Arkansas (Oct. 4), before retaking the road for a pair of SLC games against Nicholls State (Oct. 11) and Houston Baptist (Oct. 18). The game against HBU will be the third and final first-ever meeting for the 'Jacks and first between the two schools in the inaugural season for the Huskies in the conference.
After a home game against Southeastern Louisiana (Oct. 25), SFA will return to Houston for the 89th annual Battle of the Piney Woods against Sam Houston State (Nov. 1) and fifth inside Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans.
The 'Jacks will then close their road schedule with a game at McNeese State (Nov. 8), before hosting Abilene Christian (Nov. 15) and Northwestern State (Nov. 22) in their final two games. SFA and ACU will meet for the first time since 1999 and first as conference opponents, before the 'Jacks take on NWST in the annual Battle for Chief Caddo.