Western Carolina adds Presbyterian to 2026 football schedule

By Kevin Kelley -

The Western Carolina Catamounts have added the Presbyterian Blue Hose to their 2026 football schedule, FBSchedules.com has learned.

A copy of the football game contract with Presbyterian College was obtained from Western Carolina University via a state open records request.

Western Carolina will host Presbyterian at E.J. Whitmire Stadium in Cullowhee, N.C., on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2026. The Catamounts will pay the Blue Hose a $105,000 guarantee for the game, according to the copy of the contract.

Western Carolina and Presbyterian first met on the gridiron in 1950 and have squared off a total of 20 times. The Catamounts defeated the Blue Hose in their most recent contest in 2022, 77-21, and now lead the overall series 11-9.

With the addition of Presbyterian, Western Carolina has tentatively completed its 2026 non-conference slate. The Catamounts are also scheduled to make consecutive road trips to face the Campbell Camels on Sept. 5 and the Cincinnati Bearcats on Sept. 12 that season.

Western Carolina will also face eight Southern Conference (SoCon) foes in 2026 to go along with its three non-conference opponents.

Western Carolina is the first known non-conference opponent for Presbyterian in 2026. The Blue Hose can schedule two more non-league opponents to add to their eight-game Pioneer Football League (PFL) slate.

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Presbyterian College Blue Hose!

It is a big piece of Scottish culture & history.
Dark Blue = the Regional colors of Scotland where these Scots settlers in South Carolina emigrated from.
The diagonal Scottish Cross, on a white field represents the region of Scotland even now.
Presbyter = the preferred Scottish word for ‘Preachers’ Church.
The Presbyterian Church in/of America is the North American name of:
The State Church of Scotland.

The Presbyterian College Blue Hose represents exactly this tradition carried to the Western Hemisphere.

The scarlett Lion rampant on a gold Field is the Crown of England’s Coat of Arms awarded to the designated Scots who are allied with the English Royals.

A Non ‘Grantinaid awarding’ small College playing a 63 ‘Grantinaid’ University.

THE Pioneer Football League is continually groundbreaking their Trails across the NCAA landscape.

Correction! My mistake. I apologize.
Presbyterian = Latin vulgate.
Descended from Greek: Presbeturos
Meaning in Greek: Elder, Priest, Old man
Not: Preacher