RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University announced its four-game 2018 non-conference football schedule on Tuesday. The Colonels will play two non-conference games at home and two on the road.
Combined with its four Ohio Valley Conference home games in 2018, EKU will play a total of six regular season home games for the first time since 2013.
The 2018 season begins on Thursday, August 30 when Morehead State visits Roy Kidd Stadium. Eastern will then face two straight Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams, playing at Marshall on Sept. 8 and at Bowling Green on Sept. 15. The final non-conference game of the regular season is at home against Robert Morris on Nov. 10.
All game times will be announced at a later date.
The Colonels last met Morehead State on the football field in 2014, a 55-13 EKU victory in Richmond. Eastern holds a 52-16-4 edge in the all-time series and has won nine straight. The two squads have only met four times since 1995. The Eagles were 4-7 this past season and had a 3-5 record in the Pioneer League.
Eastern Kentucky and Marshall were once FCS rivals. The two perennial national championship contenders met each season from 1985 to 1992. The Colonels won twice in Richmond and once in Huntington during that span. The final two match-ups were in the FCS Playoffs. EKU has won four times in Huntington. Marshall went 7-5 during the 2017 season and beat Colorado State in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 16.
The Colonels have faced Bowling Green four times on the football field and hold a 3-1 edge in the series. Eastern won the first three games in 1940, 1949 and 1950, and the Falcons won the most recent meeting in 2003. Under second-year head coach Mike Jinks (6-18), the Falcons went 2-10 during the 2017 season. South Dakota, an FCS team, beat BGSU 35-27 in Bowling Green during the second week of the season.
EKU has played well against FBS teams in recent years. In addition to beating Miami (Ohio) 17-10 in 2014, the Colonels have lost close games at Indiana (19-13), Louisville (23-13), Kansas State (10-7), Kentucky (34-27 OT), and in 2017 at Western Kentucky (31-17) and Kentucky (27-16).
Located in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, Robert Morris University is coming off a 2-9 season, including a 0-6 mark in the Northeast Conference. The Colonials won two of their first three games, before ending the season with eight straight losses. EKU and RMU have met twice before. The two teams opened the 2013 and 2014 seasons against each other. The Colonels won the first meeting 38-6 before dispatching Robert Morris 29-10 on the road a year later.