ESPN To Premiere FCS Kickoff August 23rd

Courtesy:  ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

The 2014 college football season is still months away.  But ESPN announced this week that it will debut a new college football program this Fall.

Eastern Washington will host Sam Houston State University in the first broadcast of FCS Kickoff for the 2014 college football season.  The game will be broadcast on Saturday, August 23rd at 3:30pm ET on ESPN.  Eastern Washington fell to Sam Houston State 49 – 34 in the 2013 season.  The loss was Eastern Washington’s only loss to an FCS opponent in the 2013 season.  Both teams are expected to be included in the 2014 preseason FCS Coaches Top 25 poll.

The matchup between Sam Houston State and Eastern Washington will be only the first of many more games to come in ESPN’s FCS Kickoff.  AS Brent Colborne, ESPN Director of Programming and Acquisitions noted in an interview, “FCS conferences and member institutions are an important part of the overall fabric of collegiate athletics and ESPN’s programming schedule.  We regularly talk with our league partners on opportunities for increased exposure and expansion of our content offerings. The FCS Kickoff is one result that will further showcase the quality and depth of FCS football to our national audience.”

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