EKU Football releases eight-game 2020 fall schedule

The Colonels will host Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin and Western Carolina at Roy Kidd Stadium.


RICHMOND, Ky. (EKU Athletics) – Eastern Kentucky University’s football team is scheduled to play eight games this fall.  The Colonels will host Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin and Western Carolina at Roy Kidd Stadium.


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“With the release of our schedule this morning, I am proud of what we have accomplished,” Vice President and Director of Athletics Matt Roan said.  “We were able to schedule games against a historic regional rival, a senior military college, and other FBS and FCS championship-level programs, to go along with our already-scheduled games at West Virginia and at home against Western Carolina.  I hope that you will join me in my excitement for the schedule.”


The 2020 season begins on Sept. 5 at Marshall University.  EKU will play at West Virginia one week later on Sept. 12.  Following an off week, the Colonels will travel to face The Citadel on Sept. 26 in Charleston, South Carolina.


The University of Central Arkansas, ranked No. 10 nationally in preseason polls, will visit Roy Kidd Stadium on Oct. 10.


The Colonels will then play two straight road games.  EKU travels to face former FCS foe Troy on Oct. 17.  Eastern then goes to Conway, Arkansas on Oct. 31 for a second meeting with No. 10 Central Arkansas.


The 2020 season is scheduled to conclude with home games against Stephen F. Austin State University on Nov. 7 and Western Carolina University on Nov. 21.


“I’m looking forward to leading this team onto the field at Marshall on Sept. 5,” EKU Head Coach Walt Wells said.  “I want to thank our administration for working so hard to ensure our players have an outstanding experience this season in an environment that stresses their well-being and safety.”


Game times will be announced at a later date.


“My goal has been to formulate a season reflecting the mission of our university – a season of opportunities and first-class experiences conducted with the health and well-being of everyone involved as a primary priority,” said Roan.  “We do have the flexibility to add additional and/or special opportunities and will continue exploring those.  We’ll share those details as they become known.”


EKU will be facing The Citadel, Central Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin for the first time ever.  Eastern’s most recent meeting with Troy came in the season-opener of the 1997 season.  The Colonels and Western Carolina have met five times with EKU holding a 3-2 edge in the series.  The most recent match-up came in 2009 when the Catamounts beat EKU, 24-7, at Roy Kidd Stadium.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com