ATLANTA, April 11, 2014 — Georgia Southern will travel to Georgia and West Virginia and welcome The Citadel and Western Michigan during the 2015 season, the school announced this week.
Georgia Southern is set to open its 2015 season at West Virginia on September 5. The contest marks the Eagles’ first-ever match-up against a Big 12 school while the September 12 showdown against Western Michigan will be the first non-Football Bowl Subdivision opponent to visit the Eagles at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro, Ga.
In 2014, Georgia Southern will play its first season in the Football Bowl Subdivision’s Sun Belt Conference. The Eagles open their 2014 campaign on August 30 at N.C. State.
“As we plan for our future, we continue to review and determine the best scheduling scenarios for our program,” gseagles.com quoted Georgia Southern Director of Athletics Tom Kleinlein as saying. “More opportunities are available to Georgia Southern and we’re involved in more conversations now that we have the advantage of an expanded network and our new league affiliation.”
In addition to its 2015 out-of-conference schedule, the Eagles are slated to play Kent State in 2018 and 2019 — both at home in Statesboro and on the road in Kent, Ohio. Kleinlein served as Kent State’s deputy athletic director before coming to Georgia Southern.
Georgia Southern finished its 2013 season, its final year competing at the Football Championship Subdivision level, with a 7-4 record. The Eagles finished with a bang when they shocked Florida with a 26-20 win on November 23, despite not completing a single pass.
The loss marked the first time a lower division team defeated the Gators.
The Eagles’ 2014 campaign includes several high-profile match-ups, including an October 25 showdown against Georgia State at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The game will mark the first contest between the two in-state programs.
Georgia Southern will host its Blue-White spring game this weekend in Statesboro.