The 2019 Cal Poly football schedule, released Wednesday by Director of Athletics Don Oberhelman and head football coach Tim Walsh, is highlighted by a visit to Oregon State and five home games.
The Mustangs and Beavers will play Sept. 14 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon, in the first meeting ever between the two schools. It is the second of three Pac-12 opponents Cal Poly scheduled between 2015 and 2020. The Mustangs fell 35-21 at Arizona State in 2015 in a game that was tied at 21-21 with eight minutes to go in the fourth quarter, and is slated to play at Cal in 2020.
Cal Poly will play five regular season games inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium, opening with the University of San Diego on August 31 and following with Big Sky Conference contests against Montana State on Oct. 5, North Dakota on Oct. 19, Sacramento State on Oct. 26 and Eastern Washington on Nov. 16.
The Nov. 16 contest will be Alumni Weekend, a Homecoming Celebration, while the Oct. 26 game is on Mustang Family Weekend.
The Mustangs’ four Big Sky games on the road are Sept. 28 at Southern Utah, Oct. 12 at UC Davis in the Battle for the Golden Horseshoe, Nov. 2 at Idaho and Nov. 23 at Northern Colorado.
San Diego, Montana State, Eastern Washington, UC Davis and Weber State are 2018 Football Championship Subdivision playoff qualifiers. This season, Cal Poly played eight teams ranked at one time or another in FCS Top 25 polls, winning four of its last six games en route to a 5-6 record.
“Once again one of the toughest schedules in the FCS with five 2018 playoff teams and a Pac-12 game on the road,” said Mustang head coach Tim Walsh. “It should be exciting and we look forward to continuing our momentum we ended within 2018.”
Idaho rejoined the Big Sky for football this fall after a 17-year journey in the Football Bowl Subdivision. North Dakota continues to play an eight-game Big Sky schedule but the Fighting Hawks are moving to the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2020.
Cal Poly’s streak of playing at least one Football Bowl Subdivision team ended at 12 years in 2018. The Mustangs have played 23 games against FBS schools since 2002 with victories over Texas-El Paso in 2003, San Diego State in both 2006 and 2008 and Wyoming in 2012.
The Mustangs will have byes on Sept. 21 and Nov. 9. Football Championship Subdivision schools may schedule 12 games next fall if desired.
Cal Poly will not play Big Sky members Portland State, Montana, Idaho State and Northern Arizona in 2019 and, for the second straight year, will play Weber State in a non-conference contest Sept. 7 in Ogden, Utah.
Cal Poly is 30-26 in its first seven seasons in the Big Sky, capturing the conference crown in 2012.
–Provided by Cal Poly