WAC releases revised 2022 football schedule

By Kevin Kelley -

The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) has released a revised 2022 football schedule following the change in membership of two schools.

The Lamar Cardinals joined the WAC in 2021, but were set to return to the Southland Conference in 2023. However, the school opted to depart the WAC one year early.

Additionally, the UIW Cardinals were set to join the WAC this season, but they backed out at the last minute and will remain in the Southland Conference.

As a result of those two moves, the WAC had to update its football schedule for the fall 2022 season. Football-playing members in 2022 will include Abilene Christian, Sam Houston, Southern Utah, Stephen F. Austin, Tarleton State, and Utah Tech.

“I applaud the leadership of our committed institutions for working together to create a schedule that generates competitive matchups throughout the season” said WAC Commissioner Brian Thornton. “Now more than ever, I believe that our league is in a position of strength with the group of institutions that share the ideals of cohesiveness and collegiality while working towards a unified mission.”

As part of the schedule changes, two games between WAC members were added but will be considered non-conference contests:

  • Abilene Christian at Stephen F. Austin – Oct. 8
  • Southern Utah at Utah Tech – Nov. 5

Also included in the release are the addition of three non-conference games:

  • Warner at Stephen F. Austin – Sept. 24
  • Southwest Baptist at Tarleton State – Oct. 22
  • Lincoln (CA) at Southern Utah – Nov. 12

All WAC home games will be broadcast on ESPN+ this season.

2022 WAC Football Schedules

2022 WAC Football Schedule

* Composite; conference games only.

Saturday, Aug. 27
Stephen F. Austin at Jacksonville State

Thursday, Sept. 1
Lamar at Abilene Christian
St. Thomas at Southern Utah
Mississippi Valley State at Tarleton

Saturday, Sept. 3
Sam Houston at Texas A&M
Stephen F. Austin at Alcorn State
Utah Tech at Sacramento State

Saturday, Sept. 10
Prairie View A&M at Abilene Christian
Northern Arizona at Sam Houston
Southern Utah at Utah
Stephen F. Austin at Louisiana Tech
Tarleton at TCU
Chadron State at Utah Tech

Saturday, Sept. 17
Abilene Christian at Missouri
Texas A&M Commerce at Sam Houston
Southern Utah at Western Illinois
Eastern NM at Tarleton
Utah Tech at Weber State

Saturday, Sept. 24
Western NM at Abilene Christian
*Utah Tech at Southern Utah
Tarleton at North Alabama
Warner at Stephen F. Austin

Saturday, Oct. 1
*Abilene Christian at Utah Tech
*Stephen F. Austin vs Sam Houston (NRG Stadium)
Southern Utah at Eastern Kentucky

Saturday, Oct. 8
Abilene Christian at Stephen F. Austin
*Tarleton at Southern Utah

Saturday, Oct. 15
*Southern Utah at Abilene Christian
Sam Houston at Eastern Kentucky
*Tarleton at Stephen F. Austin
Utah Tech at Northern Iowa

Saturday, Oct. 22
*Sam Houston at Utah Tech
*Stephen F. Austin at Southern Utah
Southwest Baptist at Tarleton

Saturday, Oct. 29
Abilene Christian at North Dakota
*Sam Houston at Tarleton
*Utah Tech at Stephen F. Austin

Saturday, Nov. 5
*Abilene Christian at Tarleton
Southern Utah at Utah Tech

Saturday, Nov. 12
*Abilene Christian at Sam Houston
Central Arkansas at Stephen F. Austin
*Tarleton at Utah Tech
Lincoln (CA) at Southern Utah

Saturday, Nov. 19
*Stephen F. Austin at Abilene Christian
*Southern Utah at Sam Houston
Houston Baptist at Tarleton
Utah Tech at BYU

* WAC contest.

WAC Football Schedule

Comments (3)

Dear WAC Administration, Athletic Directors, college Presidents,

Well done. Bravo. Terrific tactical pivot & 2022 counter thrust WAC Football Franchises!

I know, It’s the 2022 Season.
2022 sets the Stage for who will be eligible for the 24 Team Playoff in 2023.
With the 2 Team departures to 1-A Level & many Teams transitioning from Division 2 & per NCAA Bylaws not allowed to compete in the regular Season for the Playoffs, there will be 95 eligible Teams whose Conferences automatically are working to qualify as many Teams for the Playoffs as possible. The SouthWest Athletic Conference allows it’s Champion to compete in the Playoff after the Exhibition celebration bowl or Not compete in the 24 Team Playoff.