Tarleton sets 2022-23 football series with North Alabama, Central Arkansas

By Kevin Kelley -

The Tarleton State Texans have scheduled home-and-home football series with the North Alabama Lions and the Central Arkansas Bears for the 2022 and 2023 seasons, FBSchedules.com has learned.

Copies of contracts for football series with the University of North Alabama and the University of Central Arkansas were obtained from Tarleton State University via a state of Texas Public Information Act request.

Tarleton State will begin their series with North Alabama on the road at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Ala., on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. The Texans will then host the Lions the following season at Memorial Stadium in Stephenville, Texas, on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023.

The only two gridiron meetings between Tarleton State and North Alabama came in a home-and-home series back in 2012 and 2013. The Texans won on the road in the first game, 38-28, before falling to the Lions the following season at home, 44-7.

Tarleton State will travel to take on the Central Arkansas Bears at Estes Stadium in Conway, Ark., on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. The series will conclude when the Bears return the trip to Memorial Stadium in Stephenville the following season on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023.

The 2022 Tarleton State-Central Arkansas contest will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools on the gridiron.

Tarleton State is currently a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Independent. The Texans will begin play in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in the fall of 2022 as the conference is reinstating football.

Central Arkansas departed the Southland Conference and will play the fall 2021 season as part of the AQ7, which is a scheduling alliance between the ASUN and Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The Bears will begin play in the ASUN conference in the fall of 2022.

North Alabama is currently a member of the ASUN conference, but their football program competes in the Big South Conference. With the ASUN adding football, the Lions will move to that conference next fall.

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