CONWAY, Ark. --The University of Central Arkansas Bears will have five televised football games this fall, the Southland Conference announced on Tuesday, with three of those being played in Conway.
The Bears, the defending co-champions of the SLC, will open the SLC Television Network broadcast schedule with a home game against McNeese State on Oct. 5 in the annual Red Beans and Rice Bowl from First Security Field at Estes Stadium. Three of UCA's televised games will be on "The Stripes," where the Bears are undefeated (11-0) over the past two seasons.
UCA, 9-3 last season, will have one other game on the SLC Network, at home against Stephen F. Austin on Oct. 26. The Bears will play twice on ESPN3, including consecutive weeks at Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La., on Nov. 2 and at home against Southeastern Louisiana on Nov. 9. UCA will also play at Lamar on Comcast SportsNet Houston on Oct. 19.
The SLC will feature its largest television schedule in league history with 19 games scheduled for broadcast during the 2013 football season. The Southland Conference Television Network will continue to syndicate some of the league's top matchups on affiliated stations throughout the region, while exclusive packages on ESPN3 and Comcast SportsNet Houston are new additions.
"We are again very pleased to offer a great football television schedule for the upcoming season," Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett said. "The Southland Network continues to exceed our expectations each year, and we are again excited about this season's telecasts. The expansion of the ESPN3 schedule and addition of the CSN Houston broadcasts help give us a comprehensive and unprecedented package to offer viewers."
The Southland Conference Television Network enters its sixth season in 2013, fresh off winning its second College Sports Media Awards honor for live event production. An eight-game schedule will be featured on more than 20 affiliates across Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. All Southland TV broadcasts will begin at 3 p.m., CT.
ESPN3 expands its coverage of the Southland Conference this season, offering an exclusive six -game schedule. The games will be played in primetime, with broadcasts beginning at 7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet Houston enters its second football season by featuring four games in Southland Conference stadiums, plus one game matching a pair of future Southland foes.
CSN starts with three non-conference games, kicking off with McNeese State hosting Arkansas-Pine Bluff Sept. 7, followed by Texas Southern at Sam Houston State Sept. 14 and Eastern Washington at Sam Houston State Sept. 28 in a rematch of last year's semifinal game in the NCAA championship won by the Bearkats. On Oct. 12, CSN visits BBVA Compass Stadium for Abilene Christian vs. Houston Baptist, as part of HBU's inaugural football season. The Wildcats and Huskies, which join the Southland Conference July 1, don't begin playing a Southland schedule until the 2014 season.
2013 Southland Conference Football Broadcast Package
Southland Conference Television Network
Sat., Oct. 5 McNeese State at Central Arkansas* 3 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 12 Northwestern State at Nicholls* 3 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 19 Nicholls at Stephen F. Austin* 3 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 26 Stephen F. Austin at Central Arkansas* 3 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 2 Sam Houston State vs. Stephen F. Austin*+ 3 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 9 Lamar at Northwestern State* 3 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 16 Sam Houston State at Southeastern Louisiana* 3 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 23 Wild Card Selection* 3 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 12 Stephen F. Austin at Southeastern Louisiana* 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 19 Sam Houston State at McNeese State* 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 26 Lamar at Southeastern Louisiana* 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 2 Central Arkansas at Northwestern State* 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 9 Southeastern Louisiana at Central Arkansas* 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 16 Northwestern State at McNeese State* 7 p.m.
Comcast SportsNet Houston
Sat., Sept. 7 Arkansas-Pine Bluff at McNeese State 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 14 Texas Southern at Sam Houston State 2 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 28 Eastern Washington at Sam Houston State 2 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 12 Abilene Christian at Houston Baptist^ 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 19 Central Arkansas at Lamar* 6 p.m.