ECU football schedule released
The Daily Reflector
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Tuesday marked a big day for East Carolina and American Athletic Conference football.
The AAC released its full football schedule and the Pirates are set to play eight straight games, beginning Sept. 1 at home against North Carolina A&T, before a bye on Oct. 27.
A big trio of games comes early in the season when the Pirates, who have posted consecutive 3-9 records, host North Carolina for their marquee game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Sept. 8 followed by contests at Virginia Tech and at South Florida. An all-AAC stretch later in the campaign has ECU playing four of five games in Greenville.
Of the seven games scheduled for Dowdy-Ficklen, five will be during the first eight weeks of the season.
“Our 2018 schedule offers both a tremendous challenge and opportunity,” coach Scottie Montgomery said in a release. “We again look forward to being in a position to play at least seven games at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and I know everyone is excited about continuing our home-and-home series’ with the Tar Heels and Hokies. Our American Athletic Conference schedule is set up in a fair manner and, although it presents familiarity with the same divisional format as a year ago, it remains as demanding as ever.”
Kickoff times and television selections for the first three weeks of the season will be announced in June, while the remainder will be through the traditional 12-day/six-day process.
Contests against North Carolina and Virginia Tech will represent the 16th time since 2000 that the Pirates have faced off against at least two Atlantic Coast Conference foes in the same season. ECU is set to play an ACC opponent for the 23rd straight year.
The Pirates’ homecoming game is set for Oct. 20 against UCF. The UNC game has been deemed as “paint it purple day.”
All of the games are on Saturdays except for the regular-season finale at Cincinnati on Nov. 22, which is the day after Thanksgiving.
Four of East Carolina’s FBS opponents finished last season ranked by The Associated Press. UCF was sixth, South Florida 21st, Virginia Tech 24th and Memphis No. 25.
ECU 2018 SCHEDULE
Sept. 1 - North Carolina A&T
Sept. 8 - North Carolina
Sept. 15 - at Virginia Tech
Sept. 22 - at South Florida
Sept. 29 - Old Dominion
Oct. 6 - at Temple
Oct. 13 - Houston
Oct. 20 - Central Florida
Nov. 3 - Memphis
Nov. 10 - at Tulane
Nov. 17 - Connecticut
Nov. 23 - at Cincinnati