SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The 2019 Sacramento State football schedule will feature a pair of games against teams which appeared in bowl games and four opponents who qualified for the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs last season. The Hornets, who will be under first year head coach Troy Taylor, will play 12 games for the first time since 2014 with sixcoming on the home field.
Sacramento State will begin its season on Saturday, Aug. 31, when it takes on Southern Oregon at Hornet Stadium. The Hornets have not played a home game in August since defeating Humboldt State to start the 2008 campaign. The Raiders were 12-1 in 2017 and advanced to the semifinals of the NAIA playoffs before falling in double overtime. Last year, the team went 6-4. Sacramento State leads the all-time series, 6-1, in a series which dates back to 1955. In fact, the Hornets' first win in school history came in a 7-6 victory at SOU in 1955. The team's last played in 2013 when Sacramento State rallied for a 63-56 overtime win.
The Hornets will travel to Arizona State to play the Sun Devils on Friday, Sept. 6. ASU was one of the surprises in the Pac-12 last season, posting a 7-5 mark in the regular season in Herm Edwards' first year as head coach. The team was 5-1 at home and earned a bid to play in the Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl against Fresno State. This will be the second all-time meeting between the two schools.
In what has become the norm among Big Sky Conference teams, Sacramento State will return home on Sept. 14 to face conference opponent Northern Colorado in a non-conference game. The two-teams started the home-and-home series last year where the Hornets recorded a 28-25 win in Greeley, Colo. Since beginning the series in 2006, Sacramento State is 11-2 all-time against the Bears.
The Hornets will make the short trip through the San Joaquin Valley to play at Fresno State on Sept. 21. The game will mark the first team Sacramento State has played a pair of FBS teams in the same season since facing San Jose State and Arizona State in 2013. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 3-0 and most recently won 31-3 in 2016. Last season, Fresno State went 12-2, won the Mountain West title and defeated Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl in Jeff Tedford's second year as head coach.
After a bye, Sacramento State begins a grueling Big Sky slate of games on Oct. 5 against Eastern Washington. The Eagles went 12-3 in 2018, advancing all the way to the FCS Championship game against North Dakota State. EWU last played in Sacramento in 2015 and have only made two appearances at Hornet Stadium since 2010.
The Hornets next travel to Montana State on Oct. 12. The Bobcats returned to the FCS playoffs last season and were 8-5 overall. The teams first met in 1964 in the Camelia Bowl at Hughes Stadium and played annually from 1996-2012. Since then, the two schools have met just three times. Sacramento State won the most recent meeting with a 41-38 home win in 2016.
Homecoming will come on Oct. 19 against Montana. The Griz were 6-5 overall last season, including a 41-34 win over the Hornets in Missoula.
Sacramento State closes out October with a trip to San Luis Obispo, Calif., to face Cal Poly. The Hornets and Mustangs have met 38 times which is the second most among schools with active football teams. The last time the teams played at Spanos Stadium, the Hornets cruised to a 49-14 win.
November will start with a home game against Weber State on Nov. 2. The Wildcats shared the Big Sky title last season and advanced to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs. Weber State leads the all-time series, 14-8.
Sacramento State will then travel to Northern Arizona and Idaho on Nov. 9 and 16, respectively. The Lumberjacks will have new leadership in 2019 as Chris Ball was hired as the head coach during the offeseason. The two teams have played every other year since 2011 and this year's game will mark the third consecutive time the game has taken place in Flagstaff, Ariz. Last season's scheduled game at Hornet Stadium was cancelled due to smoke from the Camp Fire. The Hornets have Vandals will play for the first time in a Big Sky Conference game. The teams faced each other in the season opener in 2017 — a year before Idaho re-joined the conference.
The regular season will come to a close on Nov. 23 when Sacramento State welcomes UC Davis on Nov. 23 for the 66th Causeway Classic. The Aggies shared the Big Sky crown in 2018 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs.
Season tickets for the 2019 season start as low as $75 and can be purchased by calling (916) 278-2222.
2019 Sacramento State Football Schedule
Aug. 31 - SOUTHERN OREGON
Sept. 6 - at Arizona State
Sept. 14 - NORTHERN COLORADO
Sept 21 - at Fresno State
Sept. 28 - Open
Oct. 5 - EASTERN WASHINGTON*
Oct. 12 - at Montana State*
Oct. 19 - MONTANA*^
Oct. 26 - at Cal Poly*
Nov. 2 - WEBER STATE*
Nov. 9 - at Northern Arizona*
Nov. 16 - at Idaho*
Nov. 23 - UC DAVIS*
* Big Sky Conference Game/*Homecoming
Future Non-Conference Opponents
Sept. 5 - at San Diego State
Sept. 12 - at Washington
Oct. 3 - DIXIE STATE
Sept. 4 - at Dixie State
Sept. 18 - at Cal
Sept. 3 - at Fresno State
Sept. 24 - at Colorado State