ECU releases 2014 football schedule

The East Central University football team has released its 2014 schedule, which for the second year in a row includes just Great American Conference games.

The Tigers, who finished 5-5 in 2013, have their bye week in the middle of the season for the second-straight season and have opted to not pick up a non-conference game.

Heading into the fourth season of the GAC, the scheduled has flipped in some ways, with ECU getting ready to head to three schools for the first time and one more making the trip to Norris Field for the first time.

The Tigers will travel to play at Arkansas-Monticello, Southern Nazarene and Northwestern Oklahoma State for the first time as GAC opponents and Henderson State will make the trip to Ada for the first time as a league member.

“We are excited that the schedule had flipped this season,” said head coach Tim McCarty. “We have not been to some of the stadiums and we are looking forward to it.”

The 2014 season will start with four-straight games against Arkansas schools. The first test will be a road contest at Arkansas-Monticello, September 6. UAM finished the 2013 season with a 4-6 GAC mark for eighth.

The first home game for the Tigers will be September 13 when Southern Arkansas comes to Norris Field. The Muleriders finished 6-4 in 2013, good for fourth in the league.

ECU will continue its season on the road, September 20 at Ouachita Baptist, before Henderson State comes to Ada September 27. The Reddies advanced to the NCAA DII Tournament and were ranked No. 13/14 at the end of 2013 after finishing 11-1 overall and 10-0 in the GAC.

The Tigers will then make their first trip to Southern Nazarene, October 4, before earning their bye week in the middle of the season. ECU will then travel to face Northwestern Oklahoma State, October 18, making the only back-to-back road games of the season.

The 2014 Homecoming game is scheduled for October 25 when Southwestern Oklahoma State comes to Norris Field.

The final road game of the season will be November 1 followed by two-straight home games to end the season. The Tigers will first host Harding November 8 and then Southeastern Oklahoma State, November 15.