Football team announces 3 games for 2021 season

Staff Report

The 2020 football season, which has been pushed back to Spring 2021, is set to begin later next month.

In the meantime, Eastern announced the non-conference games that have been scheduled for the 2021 season beginning in September.

The season will open Sept. 4 when the Panthers travel to play South Carolina. This will be the second time that Eastern has played a team from the SEC, with the first instance happening against Arkansas to open the 2018 season.

The next game for Eastern will be on Sept. 11 against Dayton, the first-ever matchup between the programs. In return, Dayton will visit Eastern for a game in 2025.

Eastern will then play host to rival Illinois State Sept. 18 in what will be the 109th edition of the Mid-America Classic.

The 2020 installment of this annual matchup was canceled as a result of COVID-19.

The conference schedules for the teams of the OVC will be announced in the coming weeks.


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