2009 football schedule released

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

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