So what if it’s not an FBS game? A nation starving for regular season football will get its first dose of it Saturday, when two of the best FCS teams in the country tangle on the red turf at Eastern Washington.
The Eagles, ranked second in the preseason FCS coaches‘ poll, host the 14th-ranked Bearkats of Sam Houston State in the season’s first regular season game.
The game was a topic of conversation on Saturday morning’s edition of College Game Day on ESPN, complete with Lee Corso donning the Eastern Washington headgear to punctuate his prediction of an EWU win.
As Corso and Krik Herbstreit point out, Eastern Washington opened the season last year by upsetting Oregon State, only to lose a month later to the Bearkats.
Here’s what you need to know about the game:
WHO: Sam Houston State at Eastern Washington
WHEN: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Roos Field, Cheney, Washington
LIVE STREAM: WatchESPN.com (cable provider and log-in required)
LINE: Eastern Washington by 8 (via sportsbet.com)
The first game of the season involving an FBS team is Wednesday night, when Georgia State hosts Alibene Christian (which, like Sam Houston, plays in the Southland conference) at the Georgia Dome.