ROCK HILL, S.C. (TheSAC.com) – The South Atlantic Conference will have a pair of football contests streamed live ESPN3 as a part of the 2017 NCAA Division II Football Showcase, the NCAA announced today. Tusculum at Limestone on Sept. 16 will kick the action off, followed by Mars Hill at Catawba on Sept. 23.
The first 18 games of the football showcase are predetermined matchups. Four additional flex games — highlighting crucial matchups — will be finalized later in the football season and played in November.
"We are honored the NCAA chose two of our games to be a part of the 2017 NCAA Division II Football Showcase," said South Atlantic Conference Commissioner Patrick Britz. "We are very excited to showcase the South Atlantic Conference's member institutions and brand of football to a national audience."
When Tusculum rolls into Gaffney, S.C. on Sept. 16 to play the Saints, the game will mark associate member Limestone's first-ever South Atlantic Conference contest. The Pioneers picked up a 34-13 win last season against the Saints in non-conference action.
On Sept. 23, Mars Hill and Catawba renew a long-standing rivalry. Catawba holds a 31-19 record in the all-time series, including a 33-22 win at Mars Hill during the 2016 season. During the 2015 season, the Catawba Indians took home the South Atlantic Conference Championship, while the Lions finished tied for second in the standings.
ESPN3 is available on any device on the ESPN app.
Saturday, Sept. 2 — Notre Dame (Ohio) at Shepherd
Saturday, Sept. 2 — East Central at Oklahoma Baptist
Saturday, Sept. 9 — Bowie State at Winston-Salem State
Saturday, Sept. 9 — Albany State (Georgia) at Tuskegee
Saturday, Sept. 16 — Grand Valley State at Michigan Tech
Saturday, Sept. 16 — Tusculum at Limestone
Saturday, Sept. 23 — Mars Hill at Catawba
Saturday, Sept. 23 — Ferris State at Ashland
Saturday, Sept. 30 — West Florida at Florida Tech
Saturday, Sept. 30 — Colorado Mesa at Colorado State-Pueblo
Saturday, Oct. 7 — Southwest Baptist at Truman
Saturday, Oct. 7 — California (Pennsylvania) at Indiana (Pennsylvania)
Saturday, Oct. 14 — Findlay at Hillsdale
Saturday, Oct. 14 — Indiana (Pennsylvania) at Slippery Rock
Saturday, Oct. 21 — Grand Valley State at Ferris State
Saturday, Oct. 21 — Tarleton State at Texas A&M-Kingsville
Saturday, Oct. 28 — Southern Arkansas at Henderson State
Saturday, Oct. 28 — Azusa Pacific at Central Washington
Saturday, Nov. 4 — To be determined
Saturday, Nov. 11 — To be determined