Wilcat Football coming to national tv.

Central's GNAC Opener against Humboldt State Moved to Sept. 8 on CBS College Sports

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 31) -- For the second time in the past three seasons, the Central Washington University football team will be playing on national television, as the Wildcats' 2011 Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener against Humboldt State University will be part of a six-game Division II television package on CBS College Sports.

Central's game against Humboldt State, originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. in Arcata, Calif., will now be played two days earlier to accommodate the national TV audience. Kickoff will now be at 5 p.m. Pacific on Thursday, Sept. 8 from the Redwood Bowl.

The game will mark the second time in the past three seasons the Wildcats will make a national television appearance on CBS College Sports. During the 2009 season, Central defeated Minnesota Duluth, 13-10, en route to a school-record 12 wins and an appearance in the NCAA Division II national quarterfinals.

This package marks the sixth year of Division II and CBS Sports Network's partnership to provide Division II schools live national television exposure for their football and basketball programs.

"Our partnership with CBS Sports Network has provided a national platform to help us tell the Division II story," said Division II Vice President Mike Racy. "We have been able to showcase the high-level regular season competition of more than 100 Division II colleges and universities to a national audience."

CBS Sports Network is available to over 95 million U.S. households through a variety of cable and satellite providers. For more information, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

Central Washington won its fifth consecutive GNAC championship last fall, posting a 7-1 conference record and an 8-3 overall mark. The Wildcats have been a perennial power in the Division II football ranks, having qualified for the NCAA postseason in 2007, 2008, and 2009 before just missing the playoff field last season. Central's 10-game schedule for 2011 begins on Sept. 2 at home against Texas A&M-Kingsville.