Two UCA home games on ESPN3

The University of Central Arkansas’ two home football games on Saturday, Sept. 26, against Missouri State and versus Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, Nov. 14, will be carried nationally on ESPN3.

The Bears host the MSU Bears at 7 p.m. Saturday in their home opener on “The Stripes” at First Security Field at Estes Stadium. After some schedule shifts, the Bears will then host the EKU Colonels in Conway in November.

“We are happy to have our home games broadcast nationally on the ESPN platform,” said Dr. Brad Teague, UCA director of athletics. “It is great recognition of this football program and our fan base. We knew there was a great opportunity for all of our games to be carried nationally this year. It’s nice to see that come to fruition.

“And since we are forced to have attendance restrictions this season at Estes Stadium due to Arkansas Health Department regulations, it’s even better to be able to offer our outstanding fans another avenue to watch the Bears.”

UCA’s game with Arkansas State scheduled for this weekend in Jonesboro was postponed until Oct. 10, making the MSU game next Saturday on “The Stripes” as the Bears’ next competition. The Southland Conference production will feature John Liddle with play-by-play, Shea Walker providing color commentary and Taylor Verrico as the sideline reporter. 

In addition, a third home football game has been added to the schedule. The Bears will host the Missouri Western Griffons on Saturday, Oct. 31. The UCA-MWSU matchup gives the Bears 10 scheduled football games, with three home contests. 

“We are excited to be able to host another team in Estes Stadium on First Security Field,” said Teague. “The more we can play on this beautiful Central Arkansas campus is important for our student-athletes and fans.  

“I am happy about this opportunity especially since the Eastern Kentucky game moved to Nov. 14. It’s nice to still have a game on Oct. 31 to maintain our Homecoming date.” 

Missouri Western is an NCAA Division II team that competes in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. The Bears and Griffons have never met in football.