FAU opens the 2004 season at Hawaii on September 4.
April 19, 2004
BOCA RATON - Florida Atlantic University's football team continues to move on a rapid pace towards playing at the highest collegiate level possible, which features six- NCAA Division I-A games in 2004 and a season opener against Hawaii, announced FAU Athletic Director Craig Angelos.
"We are very pleased with the incredible growth of our football program," said Angelos. Taking this program to the next level is very exciting for all of us. As we begin our transition to I-A, we have had to blend our old schedule with the demands of our new Sun Belt Conference schedule. This has proven to be a challenge in itself. Having the opportunity to play at Hawaii then to follow it up in successive weeks with North Texas and Middle Tennessee State make for a season for fans and players to remember. We hope that at least 15,000 of our best fans come out to Lockhart and join us for a great year."
The Owls began play in 2001 as an Independent member playing at the NCAA Division I-AA level. With Angelos on board and a team comprised mostly of juniors, FAU finished 2003 with an 11-3 record, ranked no. 4 nationally, was the quickest start-up team to earn a D I-A victory and was the quickest to make the play-offs. This was all highlighted by an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference making the transition to the I-A level conceivable.
The 2004 schedule begins the process of elevating the team's status. The schedule will feature six I-A opponents, including two at home, and it includes six contests against Sun Belt members, including Florida International.
The season will begin September 4 at Hawaii against Heisman Trophy Candidate Timmy Chang and his potent four-wide offense. FAU will then play North Texas, the defending Sun Belt Champion, and Middle Tennessee who fell victim to the Owls in 2003 marking the program's first Division I-A victory in just its 22nd game.
The squad's first home game will be against Illinois State, a perennial top-25 I-AA team, and will then begin October with a bye. It will be back on the road for the Owls who will then return games against Texas State and Northern Colorado, a team that may have one of the best running backs at the I-AA level.
October 23 will feature FAU hosting its first Sun Belt member in Louisiana-Monroe and the game will also include Parents' Weekend, a University wide function. FAU then travels to Tallahassee to face Florida A&M and will follow-up with Troy State November 6.
Homecoming and New Mexico State are on tap for November 13 and the game will mark one of three home games scheduled for November. The third Annual Don Shula Cup versus Florida International will be played at Pro Player and will serve as a home game for the Owls. The following week FAU will lend its experience as the older much wiser program when the squad plays in-state start-up Edward Waters, to conclude the season.
"This schedule is one that shows our past, present and future," said Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger. "Our first game with Hawaii, shows the level of play that this program aspires to play on a regular basis. We are playing six Sun Belt games, and three games that are return games from a year ago. Florida A&M and Edward Waters are the two wild cards. FAMU was originally a DI-A game and was a game that would keep our team local. We have now paired FAMU with Edward Waters as in-state opponents like UCF, USF, FIU and Bethune-Cookman have been in the past. So many teams offered us the opportunity to play during our first three years and we are doing the same for Edward Waters."
Partial schedules for the 2005 and 2006 seasons will feature both Kansas and Kansas State, the remaining four non-conference games will be against a similar caliber opponent.
2004 Football Schedule
|Sep 4||Sat||Hawaii||Honolulu, HI||11:30 pm|
|Sep 11||Sat||North Texas||Denton, TX||7:05 pm|
|Sep 18||Sat||Middle Tennessee||Murfreesboro, TN||TBA|
|Sep 25||Sat||ILLINOIS STATE||Home||4:00 pm|
|Oct 9||Sat||Texas State||San Marcos, TX||7:00 pm|
|Oct 16||Sat||Northern Colorado||Greeley, CO||4:00 pm|
|Oct 23||Sat||LOUISIANA-MONROE||Home||4:00 pm|
|Oct 30||Sat||Florida A&M||Tallahassee, FL||TBA|
|Nov 6||Sat||Troy State||Troy, AL||TBA|
|Nov 13||Sat||NEW MEXICO STATE||Home||4:00 pm|
|Nov 20||Sat||FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL||Home (Pro Player)||4:00 pm|
|Nov 27||Sat||EDWARD WATERS||Home||4:00 pm|
All times Eastern
Subject to change (4/13/04)
Future Football Schedules
|Sep 3||Sat||Kansas||Lawrence, KS||TBA|
|Oct 22||Sat||Arkansas State||Jonesboro, AR||TBA|
|Oct 29||Sat||MIDDLE TENNESSEE||Home||TBA|
|Nov 5||Sat||Troy State||Troy, AL||TBA|
|Nov 12||Sat||NORTH TEXAS||Home||TBA|
|Nov 19||Sat||Florida International||Miami, FL||TBA|
|Sep 2||Sat||Kansas State||Manhattan, KS||TBA|
|Sep 30||Sat||Louisiana-Monroe||Monroe, LA||TBA|
|Oct 14||Sat||Louisiana-Lafayette||Lafayette, LA||TBA|
|Oct 28||Sat||ARKANSAS STATE||Home||TBA|
|Nov 4||Sat||Middle Tennessee||Murfreesboro, TN||TBA|
|Nov 11||Sat||TROY STATE||Home||TBA|
|Nov 18||Sat||North Texas||Denton, TX||TBA|
|Nov 25||Sat||FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL||Home||TBA|