FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University has released the 2014 Northern Arizona Football schedule. Head coach Jerome Souers enters his 17th season at the helm of the football program, after leading the Lumberjacks to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs for the first time in 10 years.
The Lumberjacks will open the season on the road against Mountain West powerhouse and bowl winner San Diego State on Aug. 30.
"We are excited with what the 2014 schedule holds in store for us," said Souers. "Our opening game against San Diego State, who won their bowl game in 2013, will give our regional fans and alumni of Southern California an opportunity to see us represent Northern Arizona University."
After a bye week, NAU will host New Mexico Highlands at home on Sept. 13. The Lumberjacks will close out non-conference play at South Dakota on Sept. 20.
"Our conference schedule has a different landscape than previous years, with a return to competition against Big Sky Champion and playoff regular Eastern Washington, along with Portland State and Weber State," Souers said.
Big Sky play will begin on Sept. 27 when NAU hosts Cal Poly for Parents Weekend. The Jacks will also welcome Eastern Washington to the Walkup Skydome on Oct. 25 for Homecoming.
UC Davis will come to Flagstaff on Nov. 8, while Southern Utah will close out the regular season on Nov. 22 in the Skydome.
NAU will travel to conference opponents Northern Colorado (Oct. 4), Portland State (Oct. 18), Weber State (Nov. 1) and North Dakota (Nov. 15).
"For the first time in over 40 years, NAU will not play either of the Montana schools," said Souers.
The Lumberjacks will not face conference opponents Montana, Montana State and Sacramento State this season. The last time NAU didn't play the Grizzlies was in 1971, and the last time the Jacks didn't play the Bobcats was in 1967.
NAU finished the 2013 season second in the Big Sky with a 7-1 league record.
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