The Central Arkansas Bears and the Samford Bulldogs have scheduled a home-and-home football series for 2024 and 2025, FBSchedules.com has learned.
A copy of the football game contract with Samford University was obtained from the University of Central Arkansas via a state public records request.
The series will begin with Central Arkansas traveling to face Samford at Seibert Stadium in Homewood, Ala., on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2024. The series will conclude the following season with the Bears hosting the Bulldogs at Estes Stadium in Conway, Ark., on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2025.
Central Arkansas, a member of the Southland Conference, has squared off with Samford of the Southern Conference (SoCon) twice on the gridiron. Samford won both of those contests, 45-16 in 2015 in Homewood and 35-29 in 2016 in Conway.
Samford is the first scheduled non-conference opponent for Central Arkansas for the 2024 season. The Bulldogs are the second scheduled non-conference opponent for the Bears in 2025, joining a Sept. 20 home game against North Dakota State.
Central Arkansas is the second known non-conference opponent for Samford’s 2024 and 2025 football schedules. The Bears are also scheduled play at Florida in 2024 on Sept. 7 and host Incarnate Word in 2025 on Aug. 30.
Central Arkansas played a full non-conference schedule last fall and finished their season 5-4. The Bears opted out of playing a Southland Conference schedule this spring.
Samford did not play any games last fall, but will play an eight-game SoCon schedule this spring, beginning on Saturday, Feb. 20 at the ETSU Buccaneers.