(STATS) - A planned game with New Mexico was sacked, but Sam Houston State has set its 11-game schedule for the 2016 season.
Coach K.C. Keeler's Bearkats will host five games, including Oklahoma Panhandle State (Sept. 3) and Texas Southern (Oct. 29) in their two non-conference matchups.
An early-season game against New Mexico, which lost to the Bearkats in 2011, was canceled.
Within the Southland Conference, Sam Houston will host Abilene Christian (Oct. 15), defending champ McNeese State (Nov. 5) and Central Arkansas (Nov. 19).
The Bearkats finished 11-4 and with a No. 3 ranking this past season after reaching the FCS semifinals for the fourth time in five years. They are expected to return 17 starters.
2016 Sam Houston State Football Schedule:
Sept 3, Oklahoma Panhandle State
Sept. 17, at Lamar*
Sept. 24, at Houston Baptist*
Oct. 1, Stephen F. Austin* (NRG Stadium in Houston)
Oct. 8, at Incarnate Word*
Oct. 15, Abilene Christian*
Oct. 22, at Nicholls
Oct. 29, Texas Southern
Nov. 5, McNeese State
Nov. 12, at Northwestern State
Nov. 19, Central Arkansas*
* - Southland Conference game