Southland Conference kicks off 2016 football season on ASN

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ASN and the Southland Conference will kick off the 2016 college football season on opening night, Thursday, Sept. 1, with a conference showdown between Houston Baptist and Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. ET.

The Southland will feature prominently early in the season on ASN with Incarnate Word at Northwestern State on Thursday, Sept. 8, SFA at McNeese on Saturday, Sept. 17 and Central Arkansas at Abilene Christian on Saturday, Oct. 1.

ASN will carry the River Bell Classic between Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls  to close out the season on Thursday, Nov. 17.

For games after Oct. 8, except where noted, the conference and network partners will unveil the broadcast games 12 days before kickoff. Conference games will also be shown on ESPN3 and Cox Sports Television as well as online at the Southland Digital Network and the Southland app.

The schedule (all times Eastern):

Thursday, Sept. 1

Houston Baptist at Central Arkansas, 7  p.m., ASN

Friday, Sept. 2

Northwestern State at Baylor, 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net

Saturday, Sept. 3

Southeastern Louisiana at Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net

Oklahoma Panhandle State at Sam Houston State, 7 p.m., ESPN3

Coastal Carolina at Lamar, 8 p.m., ESPN3

Stephen F. Austin at Texas Tech, 8 p.m., Fox Sports Net

Thursday, Sept. 8

UIW at Northwestern State, 7 p.m., ASN

Saturday, Sept. 10

McNeese at Louisiana-Lafayette, TBD, ESPN Network TBD

Nicholls at Georgia, noon, SEC Network

Lamar at Houston, noon, ESPN3

West Alabama at Stephen F. Austin, 7 p.m., ESPN3

Texas Southern at Houston Baptist, 8 p.m., ROOT Sports Southwest

 Saturday, Sept. 17

Stephen F. Austin at McNeese, 7 p.m., ASN

Abilene Christian at Houston Baptist, 8 p.m., Fox College Sports

Sam Houston State at Lamar, 8 p.m., ESPN3

Saturday, Sept. 24

Central Arkansas at Arkansas State, TBD, ESPN Network TBD

Nicholls at South Alabama, TBD, ESPN Network TBD

Northwestern State at Southeastern Louisiana, 7 p.m., Cox Sports TV

Abilene Christian at Stephen F. Austin, 7 p.m., ESPN3

Sam Houston State at Houston Baptist, 8 p.m., Fox College Sports

Saturday, Oct. 1

Central Arkansas at Abilene Christian, 3:30 p.m., ASN

Stephen F. Austin vs. Sam Houston State, 4 p.m., ESPN3

Nicholls at McNeese, 7 p.m., Cox Sports TV

UIW at Texas State, 7 p.m., ESPN Network TBD

Southeastern Louisiana at Lamar, 8 p.m., ESPN3

Thursday, Nov. 17

Southeastern Louisiana at Nicholls, 7 p.m., ASN

Other television selections will be made no later than 12 days prior to kickoff.