CWU FB Practice

Central Washington University football players perform sit-ups during practice Aug. 13 in Ellensburg.

The NCAA has officially announced its slate of 2019 Showcase Games Tuesday morning. Central Washington University’s football game on Sept. 14 has been chosen for the Division II Football Showcase on ESPN3.

The Wildcats host the 2018 Division II National Runner-Up in the Ferris State Bulldogs on Sept. 14 which will be the 2019 home opener for CWU. The Wildcats home contest against the Bulldogs is one of 11 regular season games to be showcased on ESPN3, available on the ESPN App. 2019 will mark the fifth straight season the Wildcats have been selected to compete on the national stage.

“It is honor to once again be selected to host an NCAA Division II Football Showcase game at Central Washington University,” CWU Athletics Director Dr. Dennis Francois said. “The ESPN production and broadcast of these games has been outstanding publicity for our University and our football program, but the student-athlete experience is probably the most special aspect of these games. I am excited for both our student-athletes and Ferris State’s student-athletes to experience game day at CWU.”

The CWU vs Ferris State game will be broadcast on ESPN3. Kickoff for the game will be moved up from a 5 p.m. start to 4:05 p.m. PT inside Tomlinson Stadium.

“It’s an honor when your team gets selected to play on ESPN. Since my time at CWU, I believe this is now the sixth time we’ve selected to play in the Division II Showcase,” CWU Head Football Coach Chris Fisk. “It’s a dream come true for kids, our staff, and CWU. I’m excited we get to showcase our team’s ability on ESPN.”

ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible on and the ESPN App across computers, smartphones, tablets and connected streaming devices. The network is available at no additional cost to fans who receive a pay TV subscription from an affiliated provider. The network is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.


Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.