Kickoff of the 2013 Georgia Southern Football season is about 100 days away, but Eagle fans can lock in key game dates on their 2014 calendars.
Georgia Southern has agreed to terms for four non-conference games in 2014, three in the first month of the season and one in the 12th week.
Georgia Southern opens at North Carolina State on Saturday, Aug. 30, and makes a Sept. 13 trip to Georgia Tech. A home game against Duquesne on Sept. 20 leads into the remainder of the Eagles’ conference schedule.
Georgia Southern returns to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for the final non-conference game Nov. 15 at the U.S. Naval Academy.
“With our move to (Football Bowl Subdivision) and the Sun Belt, this first schedule immediately allows us to showcase the university and our program, increase our department revenue and provide great experiences for our fans,” GSU Director of Athletics Tom Kleinlein said. “It was important to offer our fans the chance to see their Eagles play and introduce our university on a national stage. We’ll have seven games — five at home, a game in Atlanta and a non-conference game within a six-hour drive — to accomplish those goals.”
Three of the four 2014 non-conference games mark the first meeting between the respective institutions, with Georgia Southern, having played the Midshipmen once before in 2010.
Contests against the Wolfpack and Yellow Jackets will be the first against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent since the Eagles played North Carolina in 2009.
The Georgia Southern-Georgia Tech game had been announced for 2015, but the Eagles’ move to FBS and a vacancy on the Yellow Jackets’ schedule opened discussions for the athletics directors to move the game up a year. Duquesne visits Paulson Stadium in the first-ever matchup between the two institutions. The Dukes and Saint Francis Red Flash, a 2013 Georgia Southern opponent, are members of the Northeast Conference.