SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Five home games and a non-conference matchup at Washington highlight the 2015 Sacramento State football season.
The Hornets will open the year at home for the first time since 2008 when it welcomes Eastern Oregon on Sept. 5. The matchup against the Mountaineers will be the first in school history.
Sacramento State will play its next two games on the road beginning with a Sept. 12 game at Washington. The Huskies posted an 8-6 record a year ago — its first under head coach Chris Petersen. The game is the latest in a series against Pac-12 opponents for the Hornets. The team has played a team from the conference the last five seasons and recorded wins at Oregon State (2011) and Colorado (2012). The 2014 game will be the first against Washington in school history.
The remaining nine games on the schedule will all come against teams from the Big Sky Conference. Beginning on Sept. 19, Sacramento State will play at Weber State in a non-league tilt. The Hornets have won their last three games against WSU, including a 42-31 win last season at home.
The Big Sky season officially begins at Sept. 26 with a home game against Eastern Washington. The Eagles have made the the Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs the last three seasons. Sacramento State continues its homestand the following week, Oct. 3, when it hosts Northern Colorado. The Hornets are 9-0 all-time against the Bears.
Back-to-back road games take Sacramento State to Montana State on Oct. 10 and Southern Utah on Oct. 17. MSU edged the Hornets, 59-59, in a shootout this past season and Sacramento State will be searching for its first win in Bozeman, Mont., since 1996. After playing at Hornet Stadium the last two seasons, Sacramento State will return to Southern Utah where it was victorious, 27-22, in its last trip in 2012.
Homecoming will be held on Oct. 24 when Idaho State comes to town. The Bengals were one of the top offensive teams in the FCS last season, averaging 40.3 points per game en route to an 8-4 overall record.
After an open week, trips to Cal Poly and Northern Arizona will come on Nov. 7 and Nov. 14, respectively. The Hornets and Mustangs will be meeting for the 35th time in a series which dates back to 1967. Sacramento State will play at NAU for the first time since 2010.
As has become the custom, the Causeway Classic against UC Davis will conclude the Hornets' regular season. This year's game will be at Hornet Stadium on Nov. 21. Sacramento State won 41-30 last season at Aggie Stadium.
Game times for all Big Sky games will not be announced until July.
|2015 SACRAMENTO STATE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE|
|Sept. 5||EASTERN OREGON||TBA|
|Sept. 12||at Washington||TBA|
|Sept. 19||at Weber State||TBA|
|Sept. 26||EASTERN WASHINGTON*||TBA|
|Oct. 3||NORTHERN COLORADO*||TBA|
|Oct. 10||at Montana State*||TBA|
|Oct. 17||at Southern Utah*||TBA|
|Oct. 24||IDAHO STATE*^||TBA|
|Nov. 7||at Cal Poly*||TBA|
|Nov. 14||at Northern Arizona*||TBA|
|Nov. 21||UC DAVIS*||TBA|
|* Big Sky Conference Game|