INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NCAA Division II has announced 18 regular-season football games that will be showcased on ESPN3 or NCAA social media. The schedule feaatures two teams from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and two from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) as part of a media agreement intended to promote the division on several platforms throughout the academic year.
The CIAA matchup will have Shaw and Chowan meeting on September 21 with a kickoff scheduled for 6:05 p.m. at Garrison Stadium in Murfreesboro, N.C.
The SIAC game on the schedule will have Albany State hosting Benedict at 2:05 p.m. on October 19 at the ASU Coliseum.
Now in its second year, the division's media agreement features two distribution models for football and basketball. For football, 11 games will be streamed on ESPN3, available on the ESPN App. Eleven additional football games are part of the hybrid model, and they have the flexibility to be distributed on TV and online. The division will work with the TV partners of the participating conferences and schools on the opportunity to air games on TV. These games also will be distributed online through NCAA social media accounts — specifically, Division II Facebook (facebook.com/ncaadivisionii) and Twitter (@NCAADII) — and through conference and school digital networks.
The first 18 games of the football showcase are predetermined games,16 of which are conference matchups. An additional four flex games — intended to highlight crucial matchups — will be finalized later in the season and played in November.
Games included in the schedule were broadcasts selected from a pool of conference nominations. Of the 16 football-sponsoring conferences in Division II, 15 will be featured in at least one game. One conference declined to participate.
Of the teams competing in the slate of games, 15 appeared in the 2018 Division II playoffs, and 15 begin the 2019 season ranked in the top 25 of the American Football Coaches Association Division II poll.
The Division II football showcase opens with two games Sept. 5. Ouachita Baptist will host Harding at 8:05 p.m. Eastern time on ESPN3. Central Missouri will host Fort Hays State, also at 8:05 p.m. Eastern time, in the hybrid model. To read the full release, visit https://www.ncaa.com/.
Full NCAA Division II Football Showcase Schedule (all times eastern)
|Thursday, Sept. 5, 8:05 p.m.||Harding at Ouachita Baptist (ESPN3)|
|Thursday, Sept. 5, 8:05 p.m.||Fort Hays State at Central Missouri (Hybrid)|
|Saturday, Sept. 14, 6:05 p.m.||Ohio Dominican at Valdosta State (ESPN3)|
|Saturday, Sept. 14, 7:05 p.m.||Ferris State at Central Washington (ESPN3)|
|Saturday, Sept. 21, 12:05 p.m.||Findlay at Ohio Dominican (ESPN3)|
|Saturday, Sept. 21, 6:05 p.m.||Shaw at Chowan (Hybrid- CIAA Sports Network)|
|Friday, Sept. 27, 7:05 p.m.||New Haven at Bentley (Hybrid)|
|Saturday, Sept. 28, 2:35 pm.||Central Oklahoma at Northwest Missouri State (Hybrid)|
|Saturday, Oct. 5, 2:05 p.m.||Lindenwood (Missouri) at McKendree (Hybrid)|
|Saturday, Oct. 5, 3:05 p.m.||Minnesota Duluth at Minnesota State Mankato (Hybrid)|
|Saturday, Oct. 12, 1:05 p.m.||Northern Michigan at Michigan Tech (Hybrid)|
|Saturday, Oct. 12, 7:05 p.m.||Midwestern State at Texas A&M-Commerce (ESPN3)|
|Saturday, Oct. 19, 12:05 p.m.||West Chester at Shepherd (Hybrid)|
|Saturday, Oct. 19, 2:05 p.m.||Benedict at Albany State (Georgia) (ESPN3)|
|Saturday, Oct. 26, 2:05 p.m.||West Georgia at West Alabama (ESPN3)|
|Saturday, Nov. 2, 12:05 p.m.||Charleston (West Virginia) at West Virginia State (Hybrid)|
|Saturday, Nov. 2, 2:05 p.m.||Wingate at Lenoir-Rhyne (ESPN3)|
|Saturday, Nov. 2, 5:05 p.m.||Texas A&M-Commerce at West Texas A&M (ESPN3)|
|Saturday, Nov. 9||To be determined|
|Saturday, Nov. 16||To be determined|