Kennesaw State unveils 2017 football schedule

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Owls to play three games against 2016 postseason teams

KENNESAW, Ga. (Dec 8, 2016) — The Kennesaw State football team, fresh off a successful eight-win season that came within one win of a Big South Conference title, has released the 2017 schedule. The Owls are set for 11 games, including six at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.

Kennesaw State opens the 2017 season on Thursday, Aug. 31, at Samford. The home opener at Fifth Third Bank Stadium is slated for the following Saturday (Sept. 9) versus Tennessee Tech. 

The Owls’ non-conference schedule also includes home games against North Greenville (Sept. 30) and Texas Southern (Oct. 7) and road games at Alabama State (Sept. 16) and Montana State (Nov. 4).

“We’re excited for what should be a very challenging schedule in 2017,” said head coach Brian Bohannon. “We will certainly test our football team with two road games in the first three weeks, including the season-opener at Samford – a playoff team this season. It’s a schedule that should prepare us well for the Big South Conference. I know our team is anxious to get back to work and build on what we accomplished this season.”

In just the second year of the program, Bohannon led Kennesaw State to an 8-3 record and 3-2 mark in Big South play. The Owls improved on their inaugural season by two wins overall and joined Old Dominion as the only Division I programs to post winning records in each of their first two years (since 2008).

All of KSU’s six non-conference games are against first-time opponents, including a pair of playoff squads – Division I Samford (7-5) and Division II North Greenville (9-5). Also, Big South foe Charleston Southern reached the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

Liberty on the road at Williams Stadium marks the Big South Conference opener on Oct. 14, with the conference home opener Oct. 21 versus Gardner-Webb. Home games against Charleston Southern (Nov. 11) and Monmouth (Nov. 18) and a road tilt at Presbyterian (Oct. 28) complete the conference loop.

Season tickets for the 2017 campaign are now on sale for $99, plus an Owls Fund donation. Renewals for current season-ticket holders will be sent in early January with a deadline of March 15. New season-ticket holders will have their seats allocated in April.

For ticket information or to renew current season tickets, visit or call 470-578-OWLS. 

Game times and game designations such as Homecoming and Hall of Fame weekend, will be announced at a later date. All Kennesaw State football games can be heard on ESPN Radio 1230 The Fan 2.


2017 Kennesaw State Football Schedule

Thursday, Aug. 31 at Samford

Saturday, Sept. 9 vs. Tennessee Tech

Saturday, Sept. 16 at Alabama State

Saturday, Sept. 30 vs. North Greenville

Saturday, Oct. 7 vs. Texas Southern

Saturday, Oct. 14 at Liberty*

Saturday, Oct. 21 vs. Gardner-Webb*

Saturday, Oct. 28 at Presbyterian*

Saturday, Nov. 4 at Montana State

Saturday, Nov. 11 vs. Charleston Southern*

Saturday, Nov. 18 vs. Monmouth*

* Big South Conference game


Schedule Notes

• 11 games (six home, five road)

• Open week: Sept. 23

• Season opener: at Samford (Thursday, Aug. 31)

• Home opener: Tennessee Tech (Saturday, Sept. 9)

• Big South Conference opener: at Liberty (Saturday, Oct. 14)

• First-time opponents: Samford, Tennessee Tech, Alabama State, North Greenville, Texas Southern, Montana State

• Driving distance to Bozeman, Montana: 1,961 miles

• Driving distance to KSU’s four other road games combined: 938 miles



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