Sam Houston, Eastern Washington to open season Aug. 23

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( - Sam Houston State and Eastern Washington will open the 2014 college football season with a nationally televised contest on Aug. 23 in Cheney, Wash.

The new "FCS Kickoff," announced Thursday, will be the only college game of the day and have a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff on ESPN.

Eastern Washington, the 2010 FCS national champion, was a national semifinalist each of the two past two seasons, while Sam Houston was the national runner-up in both 2011 and '12. Sam Houston defeated EWU, 49-34, during the regular season last year.

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