North Alabama has tough 2019 schedule

(STATS) - The schedule in North Alabama's second season on the FCS level is much more difficult than last year's debut.

UNA played five sub-Division I programs while going 7-3 in its move up from Division II.

In 2019, the Lions will only play FCS competition during an 11-game season. They'll open in Florence against Missouri Valley Football Conference member Western Illinois (Aug. 29) and travel to traditional Big Sky power Montana (Sept. 7) and five-time defending Ohio Valley Conference champ Jacksonville State (Sept. 21) as part of their nonconference schedule.

Their first Big South season begins at Hampton on Oct. 5 and includes difficult trips to two-time defending champ Kennesaw State (Oct. 26) and Monmouth (Nov. 9).

Coach Chris Willis will be in his third season.

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2019 North Alabama Schedule

Aug. 29, Western Illinois

Sept. 7, at Montana

Sept. 14, Alabama A&M

Sept. 21, at Jacksonville State

Oct. 5, at Hampton*

Oct. 12, Charleston Southern*

Oct. 26, at Kennesaw State*

Nov. 2, Campbell*

Nov. 9, at Monmouth*

Nov. 16, at Gardner-Webb(

Nov. 23, Presbyterian*

* - Big South game

Updated January 23, 2019

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