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Football Announces 2010 Schedule

Football Announces 2010 Schedule

March 31, 2010

By Jeff Honza
Southeast Missouri State Sports Information

2010 Football Schedule

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Southeast Missouri State head coach Tony Samuel announced the 2010 football schedule Wednesday. The 11-game schedule features five home games.

"This year's schedule offers some unique challenges," said Samuel. "We will open up against Ball State, play some rivalry games and face a good Southern Illinois team. We also hit the road for the first three weeks of the season."

Southeast kicks off its 2010 campaign at Football Bowl Subdivision affiliate Ball State on Sept. 2. The Cardinals went 2-10 overall en route to finishing fifth in the Mid-American Conference's West Division last season. This year marks the first meeting between the two teams.

The Redhawks other non-conference opponents include Football Championship Subdivision powerhouse and regional-rival Southern Illinois, and NCAA Division II Southwest Baptist.

Southeast will be the second opposing team to play in SIU's brand new state-of-the-art football stadium on Sept. 18. The Redhawks and Salukis met for the 75th time in Cape Girardeau a year ago. SIU, which at one time ranked No. 1 in the nation, won the Missouri Valley Football Conference title with an overall record of 11-2 and perfect 8-0 league mark in 2009. The Salukis lost to William & Mary in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Football Championship.

Southwest Baptist visits Houck Stadium for the Redhawks final home game of the season on Nov. 6. Southeast is 4-2 all-time against the Bearcats.

Southeast opens an eight-game Ohio Valley Conference slate at Murray State (Sept. 11). The Redhawks also travel to Eastern Illinois (Oct. 2), Austin Peay (Oct. 16) and Jacksonville State (Nov. 13).

The rest of Southeast's home games involve Tennessee Tech (Sept. 25, Family Weekend), Tennessee State (Oct. 9), Eastern Kentucky (Oct. 23) and UT Martin (Oct. 30, Homecoming).

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This year's NCAA Division I Football Championship game will be the culmination of a newly expanded 20-team championship bracket. As a result of this expansion, the game will be played a few weeks later than in years past. The 2010 NCAA Division I Football Championship game is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 7, 2011.

Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas will serve as the host site of the championship game for the next three years, beginning in 2010. Previously, the championship game was played at Chattanooga, Tennessee's Finley Stadium for 13 years.

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