RICHMOND, Ky. – Two early-season home contests against in-state rivals, including the Battle of the Bluegrass versus Western Kentucky, along with four home games against Ohio Valley Conference opponents highlight the 2008 Eastern Kentucky University football schedule. The defending OVC champs went undefeated against conference competition and advanced to the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs in 2007.
The Colonels open the fall slate on a Thursday night (Aug. 28) at Big East opponent Cincinnati. Eastern Kentucky and Cincinnati met in the 2006 season opener as well. The following week, Eastern opens its home schedule against Western Kentucky in the annual Battle of the Bluegrass. The Colonels earned a hard-fought 26-21 victory over the Hilltoppers two years ago at Roy Kidd Stadium.
On Sept. 13, Eastern Kentucky concludes non-conference action with a home contest against former OVC rival Morehead State. EKU and Morehead last met on the gridiron in 1995.
Following the OVC opener at Tennessee State on Sept. 20, Eastern returns home for Family Weekend when the Colonels entertain Austin Peay on Sept. 27. The Colonels have won 21 straight meetings against the Governors including a 28-14 decision last November.
Homecoming is scheduled for Oct. 25 against Eastern Illinois. The Colonels handed the Panthers their only OVC loss last year by a count of 28-21. Eastern Kentucky wraps up its home schedule on Nov. 15 against Murray State. EKU has won six of the last seven meetings versus the Races including a 46-35 thriller one season ago in Murray.
This will be the first time in six years Eastern Kentucky will play six home games.
Eastern Kentucky finished the 2007 season 9-3 overall and 8-0 in the OVC to earn the program’s 19th conference title. The Colonels advanced to the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs for a record 18th time and posted a winning record for the 30th consecutive year.
2008 Eastern Kentucky University Football Schedule
Aug. 28 – at Cincinnati – Cincinnati, Ohio
Sept. 6 – Western Kentucky – Roy Kidd Stadium
Sept. 13 – Morehead State – Roy Kidd Stadium
Sept. 20 – at Tennessee State* – Nashville, Tenn.
Sept. 27 – Austin Peay* – Roy Kidd Stadium (Family Weekend)
Oct. 4 – at Tennessee Tech* – Cookeville, Tenn.
Oct. 11 – Jacksonville State* – Roy Kidd Stadium
Oct. 25 – Eastern Illinois* – Roy Kidd Stadium (Homecoming)
Nov. 1 – at Southeast Missouri* – Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Nov. 15 – Murray State* – Roy Kidd Stadium
Nov. 22 – at Tennessee-Martin* – Martin, Tenn.
Boldface denotes home game ~ Asterisk (*) denotes OVC game
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