June 20, 2006
Florida Atlantic University's 2006 football schedule is complete with the addition of Southern Utah scheduled for Thursday, October 12, at Lockhart Stadium, announced FAU's Director of Athletics Craig Angelos, Tuesday.
"Now that we are a full fledged BCS I-A team, we have the opportunity to play the best competition in the country," said Angelos. "We will play one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country and we hope to continue to bring a high level of competition to South Florida, much like Oklahoma State in 2005 and Minnesota in 2007. This 12th game completes our five-game home schedule and we will work to continue to build upon a bright future."
The process of building a schedule for Florida Atlantic's fledgling football team has been a balancing act since the program's inception. The 2006 schedule was no different. Initially, it was the challenge of finding teams that would play a start-up program. It then became a juggling act to schedule as many Division I-A games as possible with the anticipated move from Division I-AA to Division I-A.
Now that the Owls are a member of the Sun Belt Conference and eligible for a BCS Bowl game, the balancing act continues as FAU tries to fulfill previous contracts with past teams while offering the best games possible for the FAU fans.
Initially, the 12th game was scheduled with Florida A&M, a team that had tentatively been placed on the Owls schedule in 2005 and in 2006 (completing a home-and-home contract). Through a series of setbacks, FAU could only schedule FAMU to return the home game if a 12th game was approved for Division I-AA. After all indications were that it would be approved, the I-AA legislation was delayed and therefore FAU was left in need of a home game.
After conversations with several institutions, FAU agreed to host Southern Utah. The Thursday game will prevent a short preparation week for the Owls heading into a home contest on Wednesday, October 18th with Louisiana-Lafayette scheduled to air on ESPN2.
Southern Utah ended 2005 under third year head coach Wes Meier. Meier has guided the team to a 7-14 record, including a 6-5 2004 season, the program's first winning campaign since the 2000 squad posted a 7-4 mark.
The SUU game will also be the first in a three-game home stand at Lockhart Stadium for the Owls. FAU will play a five-game home schedule, including the season-ending "Shula Bowl" between FAU and FIU at Dolphin Stadium.
The road schedule will feature Clemson, Kansas State, South Carolina and Oklahoma State, who played at FAU in 2005, as well as a full Sun Belt slate.
Tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling 1-866-FAU-OWLS.
For the complete 2006 schedule visit the football schedule page.