BOCA RATON, Fla. – Florida Atlantic University’s football team, under the direction of newly-hired Head Coach Lane Kiffin, will be showcased a minimum of 10 times in 2017, with the possibility of the final two regular-season games to be added as the schedule draws nearer, announced Conference USA (C-USA) on Wednesday.
“There is a level of excitement and energy surrounding our football program,” said Pat Chun, FAU’s vice president and director of athletics. “The television schedule this fall will give our program tremendous exposure, and the country will be able to see firsthand the great work of Coach Kiffin, his staff and our student-athletes.”
The Owls will open the 2017 season at home when they play host to the United States Naval Academy on Friday, Sept. 1. The game, which is scheduled to kickoff at 8 p.m., will air on ESPNU.
The following week, FAU will travel to Madison, Wisconsin, where the Owls will face the Wisconsin Badgers. The game will be aired on the Big Ten Network on Saturday, Sept. 9, starting at noon. FAU will return home on Saturday, Sept. 16 to host Bethune-Cookman at 8 p.m. This game will be carried by beIN Sports.
Five games will air on Stadium, a new network made up of former outlets American Sports Network and Campus Insiders. The first of that quintet is the Owls’ C-USA season opener on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. versus Middle Tennessee at FAU Stadium. Next is Saturday, Oct. 7, as FAU will travel to take on Old Dominion, facing the Monarchs at 6 p.m.
On Saturday, Oct. 28, FAU’s game at WKU will kick off at 4:30 p.m., and two weeks later, the Owls will travel to Louisiana Tech for the first time in the program’s 18-year history. That will be a 3:30 p.m. contest scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11. The final matchup of the five-game FAU package on Stadium is the 2018 Shula Bowl. The 17th annual event is slated for Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. It will be played at FAU Stadium and will showcase two new C-USA coaches, both of whom own National Championship Title(s).
In addition to the Stadium package, the Owls will also be featured on ESPN3 and CBS Sports Network. FAU’s game on Saturday, Oct. 21 (game time TBA) will be on ESPN3, versus North Texas at FAU Stadium. Then, on Friday, Nov. 3, also at home, the Owls will host Marshall at 6 p.m. in a game to be broadcasted on CBSSN.
Each of FAU’s 12 regular-season games are also carried on ESPN West Palm 106.3 FM and on the Watch ESPN app. ESPN 106.3’s Ken LaVicka will have the call while FAU football alumnus Kris Bartels will provide the game’s analysis.
For season tickets call 1-866-FAU-Owls or visit https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/fau/EN/buy/browse?i%5B0%5D=253. For the season’s complete schedule, visit www.fausports.com.