Take a deep breath. The anticipation is over, and Western released its 2009 football schedule.
As anticipated, the Toppers open up on Sept. 5 against Tennessee. They will also open the Lane Kiffin era in Knoxville. It’s an era that has already had an interesting start. Imagine how much more interesting it would be if the Toppers ended their nine-game losing streak extending from a season ago and upset the Vols.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
The following weekend, on Sept. 12, Western hosts South Florida, the first BCS-conference opponent to come to Smith Stadium.
September 19: Central Arkansas (Finally, the losing streak ends. Also if you want some trivial information about Central Arkansas, their men’s teams are the Bears, while their women’s teams are the Sugar Bears.)
September 26: at Navy
October 3: Open
October 10: Florida International
October 17: Louisiana-Lafayette
October 24: at Middle Tennessee
October 31: at North Texas (Halloween in Denton, anyone?)
November 7: Troy
November 14: Louisiana-Monroe
November 21: Open
November 28: at Florida Atlantic
December 3: Arkansas State (Plenty of good seats still remain)
The December 3rd game will be played on a Thursday because Houchens Stadium will be used the following Friday and Saturday for the high school championship games. That game has a possibility of airing on TV as well. The homecoming date has yet to be determined. Game times will also be determined later.
-Mike Stunson and Andrew Robinson