DeleDate Opponent Location
8/30 at N.C. State Raleigh, N.C.
9/06 SAVANNAH STATE Paulson Stadium
9/13 at Georgia Tech Atlanta
9/20* at South Alabama Mobile, Ala.
9/27* APPALACHIAN ST. Paulson Stadium
10/4* at New Mexico St. Las Cruces, N.M.
10/11* IDAHO Paulson Stadium
10/25* at Georgia State Atlanta
11/1* TROY Paulson Stadium
11/8* at Texas State San Marcos, Texas
11/15 at Navy Annapolis, Md.
11/29* ULM Paulson Stadium
*Indicates Sun Belt conference game (Dates of Sun Belt games subject to change upon ESPN TV schedule)
Georgia Southern’s first Sun Belt Conference opponent at the expanded Paulson Stadium will be a familiar one as the Eagles play host to Appalachian State on Sept. 27, one of five home games for 2014.
The Sun Belt released conference schedules on Saturday, and the Eagles open their inaugural season in the Sun Belt with its first conference game at South Alabama on Sept. 20. Kickoff times for all 12 games will be set according to the home teams or the broadcast partner.
The Eagles play seven games in the state of Georgia, five at Paulson Stadium, an early matchup at Grant Field versus the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and an Oct. 5 game at the Georgia Dome against Georgia State. Georgia Southern lines up for the first time ever against five 2014 opponents including Georgia State, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, New Mexico State and South Alabama, three of those in the first month.
“We are very excited about our 2014 schedule as we continue our journey into FBS and the Sun Belt,” said GSU head Coach Willie Fritz. “Our program is anxious to share the experience and traditions of playing at Paulson Stadium and representing our university in our new league. We look forward to our first opportunity to compete for a Sun Belt Conference championship.”
The Eagles open the month of October with a first-time opponent, New Mexico State. The game at Las Cruces, N.M., will mark the farthest the Georgia Southern has traveled since Oregon State in 1999. The Eagles welcome to Paulson Stadium another former FCS foe in Idaho on Oct. 11.
November begins with a home game at Paulson Stadium on Nov. 1, against Troy, the first time the two programs will meet since 1995. Back-to-back away games on Nov. 8 and 15 at Texas State and Navy, respectively, lead into the final open week before the home finale vs. ULM on Nov. 29.
Georgia Southern’s non-conference slate, announced last year, includes the 2014 season opener at N.C. State on Saturday, Aug. 30, and home opener versus Savannah State a week later on Sept. 6. The Eagles remain in the state on Sept. 13, making the short trip to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech. A Nov. 15 contest at Navy is the final out-of-league game which will be broadcast on either CBS or CBS Sports.