The Tarleton State Texans have announced their 2020 football schedule. The slate marks the first for the university at the FCS level, as the school moves up from Division II. The school will play as an independent this season.
Tarleton State opens its maiden FCS campaign with three of its first four games on the road, with a visit to in-state foe Sam Houston State breaking the seal Sept. 5. The Texans visit Murray State (Sept. 12) and 2019 FCS playoff participant Kennesaw State (Sept. 26), with those visits bookmarking the first FCS game to be played at Memorial Stadium in Stephenville. UT Permian Basin will visit Sept. 19 to open the home slate.
Four of the next five games are at home, with Eastern New Mexico visiting Oct. 3 to start the run. Homecoming follows two weeks later on Oct. 17 against Texas A&M-Kingsville, with a home tilt against Northwestern State (Oct. 24) and trip to face Bethune-Cookman (Oct. 31) closing out the month. Missouri Valley foe Missouri State finishes the run with a Nov. 7 visit to Stephenville.
The Texans take their final road trek on Nov. 14, heading to Brookings, S.D., to take on South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits finished fifth in the FCS division in 2019. Dixie State visits Stephenville to close the 2020 schedule.
Below is the complete Tarleton State football schedule for the 2020 season:
- 09/05 – at Sam Houston State
- 09/12 – at Murray State
- 09/19 – UT Permian Basin
- 09/26 – at Kennesaw State
- 10/03 – Eastern New Mexico
- 10/10 – OFF
- 10/17 – Texas A&M-Kingsville
- 10/24 – Northwestern State
- 10/31 – at Bethune-Cookman
- 11/07 – Missouri State
- 11/14 – at South Dakota State
- 11/21 – Dixie State
Tarleton State finished its final Division II campaign undefeated in 2019, winning the Lone Star Conference. Coach Todd Whitten received a contract extension after the season, and will guide the Texans through 2025.