SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Six home games and six road games, including a tilt at Cal, highlight Sacramento State's 2014 football schedule.
The Hornets begin the year with consecutive road games. The team will travel to San Antonio, Texas, to face Incarnate Word on Aug. 30 before playing at Cal on Sept. 6. Incarnate Word will be playing its first full season at the Football Championship level and will be a member of the Southland Conference. Last season, the Cardinals posted a 6-5 record while playing a mix of FCS and Div. II teams.
Sacramento State's game against Cal will mark the team's second appearance at Memorial Stadium. The Golden Bears were 1-11 in 2013 — the first under head coach Sonny Dykes.
The home opener will come on Sept. 13 against Weber State in a non-conference matchup of two Big Sky Conference schools. The Hornets defeated the Wildcats, 31-3, last season in Ogden, Utah. Sacramento State will remain at home on Sept. 20 against Menlo — an NAIA school.
The Big Sky portion of the schedule will cover the final eight games of the regular season. The Hornets play at Idaho State on Sept. 27 before hosting Montana State on Oct. 4. Sacramento State has won the past four games against ISU and six of the last seven, but did not play the Bengals last season. The Bobcats and Hornets will also be meeting for the first time since 2012. MSU will have the challenge of replacing four-year starting quarterback DeNarius McGhee, Buck Buchanan Award winner Brad Daly and all-Big Sky running back Cody Kirk for a team which went 7-5.
The next pair of games takes the Hornets to Northern Colorado on Oct. 11 and a visit from Cal Poly on Oct. 18. Sacramento State is 6-0 all-time against UNC. The last time Cal Poly came to Hornet Stadium, Sacramento State handed the Mustangs their only loss of the year. This year's game will also serve as Homecoming.
Following an idle week, the team will play at Montana on Nov. 1 in the final road game away from Northern California. The final two home games will be on Nov. 8 and Nov. 15 against Southern Utah and Portland State, respectively. Both games last season were memorable as SUU claimed a controversial overtime victory, 24-21. Sacramento State rallied for a 43-42 win at Portland State in the next-to-last game of the season.
The final week of the regular season pits the Hornets against UC Davis in the 61st Causeway Classic.
Game times for all Big Sky games will not be announced until July.