LAKE CHARLES — Three of McNeese's first four football games will be broadcast, the Southland Conference announced on Tuesday as part of its 2019 football television schedule for the first four weeks of the season.
The Cowboys' season opener at home against Southern on August 31 will be televised on Cox Sports Television and on ESPN+ for those outside the CST viewing area.
The Sept. 7 contest at Oklahoma State and Sept. 21 game at Abilene Christian will also broadcast on ESPN+, the leading direct-to-consumer sports streaming service.
Kickoff for all three games will be 6 p.m. McNeese's Sept. 14 home game against Alcorn State will stream live on McNeeseSports.com, also a 6 o'clock kickoff.
The Southland television schedule kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 29, with four games on the broadcast schedule. Three of the four games are set for coverage on ESPN+. Things kick off at 6:30 p.m. CT as Central Arkansas goes on the road to play Western Kentucky, while Northwestern State visits UT Martin. Southeastern Louisiana welcomes No. 6 Jacksonville State to Hammond, La., for a 7 p.m. start on ESPN+. Lamar hosts Bethel (Tenn.) for a 7 p.m. kick on ESPN3.
In addition to McNeese's opener against Southern on CST, the first Saturday of the season will feature four other games exclusively on ESPN platforms. Nicholls, after posting a season-opening 26-23 victory at Kansas last season, will try to repeat its success in a 6 p.m. kickoff at Kansas State on ESPN+. Also, ESPN+ will carry Baylor's home game with Stephen F. Austin, Abilene Christian's road game at North Texas and the Houston Baptist opener at UTEP.
On Sept. 7, Central Arkansas visits Austin Peay for a 2 p.m. CT contest on ESPN+. Six other games featuring Southland teams will begin at 6 p.m., including Stephen F. Austin playing host to Tarleton State on ESPN3, while ESPN+ will feature the Mississippi Valley State at Lamar, Texas Southern at UIW, McNeese at Oklahoma State, Arizona Christian at Abilene Christian, and Oklahoma Panhandle State at Sam Houston State games.
Conference play opens on Sept. 15 in Week 3 featuring Abilene Christian at Central Arkansas for a 6 p.m. kick on ESPN3. Southland teams will face three SEC opponents that day, with Lamar playing at Texas A&M at 6 p.m. on ESPN2 or ESPNU, and Southeastern Louisiana visiting Ole Miss and Northwestern State taking on LSU, both on the SEC Network. Sam Houston State will appear on Pluto TV, a free app-based streaming service, as the Bearkats travel to face North Dakota at 4 p.m. CT.
Week 4 features four conference games, including a trio of games on ESPN+, Nicholls at SFA, McNeese at Abilene Christian and Lamar at Southeastern Louisiana. The league opener between UIW and Sam Houston State will be available on ESPN3. Additionally, the Central Arkansas at Hawaii contest will be televised on Spectrum Sports.
The schedule is subject to change. Additional early games may be selected at a later date.