Eastern Kentucky announces 2021 football schedule

By Kevin Kelley -

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels have announced their 2021 football schedule, which features a game at Louisville.

Eastern Kentucky is leaving the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) and will begin play as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN) this fall.

For the 2021 season, the ASUN has created a scheduling alliance with the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), which will result in the Colonels playing five of its members. All ASUN vs. WAC contests, except those against Dixie State and Tarleton State, will be dubbed the ASUN-WAC Challenge and the team with the highest winning percentage in those games will receive an automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs, pending NCAA approval.

Eastern Kentucky will open the 2021 season with back-to-back non-conference contests on the road, beginning on Saturday, Sept. 4 at Western Carolina. The Colonels will then travel to play Louisville on Sept. 11.

EKU will open its home slate at Roy Kidd Stadium in Richmond, Ky., on Sept. 18 against Indiana State. Three more home games follow: Austin Peay (Sept. 25), Tarleton State (Oct. 2), and Abilene Christian (Oct. 9).

The Colonels then travel to take on Central Arkansas on Oct. 16. After an open date on Oct. 23, EKU hosts Lamar on Oct. 30.

Eastern Kentucky opens November with consecutive road contests at Stephen F. Austin (Nov. 6) and Sam Houston State (Nov. 13) before closing out the regular-season at home against Jacksonville State (Nov. 20).

Below is Eastern Kentucky’s complete schedule for the 2021 season, plus a link to their schedule page which will be updated with kickoff times and TV as they are announced:

2021 Eastern Kentucky Football Schedule

  • 09/04 – at Western Carolina
  • 09/11 – at Louisville
  • 09/18 – Indiana State
  • 09/25 – Austin Peay
  • 10/02 – Tarleton State
  • 10/09 – Abilene Christian*
  • 10/16 – at Central Arkansas*
  • 10/23 – OFF
  • 10/30 – Lamar*
  • 11/06 – at Stephen F. Austin*
  • 11/13 – at Sam Houston State*
  • 11/20 – Jacksonville State*

* ASUN-WAC Challenge games.

Eastern Kentucky played a nine-game non-conference schedule last fall and finished the season 3-6 overall. The Colonels played those games in lieu of participating in the spring OVC season.

Future Eastern Kentucky Football Schedules