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INDIANAPOLIS — NCAA Division II has announced the 18 regular-season football games that will be streamed live on ESPN3 as part of an ongoing three-year agreement to highlight Division II athletics events.NCAA DII logo

The first 18 games of the football showcase are predetermined matchups. Four additional flex games — highlighting crucial matchups — will be finalized later in the football season and played in November.

“The collaboration with ESPN provides a continued opportunity to showcase Division II’s balanced student-athlete experience,” said Terri Steeb Gronau, vice president of Division II. “The student-athletes who will be featured in these games have made incredible achievements on and off the field, and we’re excited to share their abilities with a broad national audience on ESPN3.”

The scheduled games will feature a rematch of CIAA Championship opponents Bowie State at Winston-Salem State) and a regular season meeting of the SIAC preseason division picks (Albany State vs. Tuskegee in Phenix City, AL) Both games are scheduled for Saturday, September 9.

Ten teams in the 2017 package appeared in the Division II playoffs, and nine finished the 2016 season ranked in the top 25 of the American Football Coaches Association Division II poll. All 18 games currently scheduled are conference matchups.

“The quality of Division II football continues to rise,” said Steve Mullins, incoming chair of the Division II Football Committee and director of athletics at Arkansas Tech. “We are proud to provide our fans and communities the opportunity to watch some of the most exciting teams across the nation.”

The Division II football showcase kicks off with two games on Saturday, Sept. 2 on ESPN3.

Full schedule:
Saturday, Sept. 2 Notre Dame (Ohio) at Shepherd
Saturday, Sept. 2 East Central at Oklahoma Baptist
Saturday, Sept. 9 Bowie State at Winston-Salem State
Saturday, Sept. 9 Albany State (Georgia) vs. Tuskegee
Saturday, Sept. 16 Grand Valley State at Michigan Tech 
Saturday, Sept. 16 Tusculum at Limestone
Saturday, Sept. 23 Mars Hill at Catawba
Saturday, Sept. 23 Ferris State at Ashland
Saturday, Sept. 30 West Florida at Florida Tech
Saturday, Sept. 30 Colorado Mesa at Colorado State-Pueblo
Saturday, Oct. 7 Southwest Baptist at Truman
Saturday, Oct. 7 California (Pa.) at Slippery Rock
Saturday, Oct. 14 Findlay at Hillsdale
Saturday, Oct. 14 Indiana (Pa.) at Slippery Rock
Saturday, Oct. 21 Grand Valley State at Ferris State
Saturday, Oct. 21 Tarelton State at Texas A&M-Kingsville
Saturday, Oct. 28 Southern Arkansas at Henderson State
Saturday, Oct. 28 Azusa Pacific at Central Washington
Saturday, Nov. 4 Two games TBD
Saturday, Nov. 11 Two games TBD