BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Eric Hehman, Head Coach of the Olivet Nazarene University football team released the 2017 Tiger football schedule which includes three teams ranked in the Spring Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll, and one receiving votes.
The Tigers will open the season at home before classes begin on Saturday, Aug. 26 against No. 17 Kansas Wesleyan University. KSU finished last season with an impressive 9-2 record. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Ward Field.
Olivet will face No. 5 Marian University (Ind.) in week 5. The always powerful Knights finished the season at 11-1 after sitting atop the standings for the majority of the 2016 season. The Tigers will then face No. 15 Robert Morris University – Illinois, who advanced to the post season a year ago, on the road on October 14. The Eagles finished 2016 with a 7-3 record.
Olivet will host Trinity Bible College (N.D.) for Homecoming on October 28. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. before ending the season at home with rival Saint Xavier University (Ill.) on November 4. The Cougars were receiving votes in the spring poll.
2017 ONU Football
August 26 Kansas Wesleyan Home 6 p.m.
Sept. 2 Lindenwood Bellville (Ill.) Away 1 p.m.
Sept. 9 Siena Heights (Mich.) Away 1 p.m. EST
Sept. 16 Concordia (Mich.) Home 1 p.m.
Sept. 23 Marian (Ind.) Home 1 p.m.
Sept. 30 Trinity International (Ill.) Home 6 p.m.
Oct. 14 Robert Morris – Illinois Away 7 p.m.
Oct. 21 St. Francis (Ill.) Away 1 p.m.
Oct. 28 Trinity Bible (N.D.) Home 1 p.m.
Nov. 4 Saint Xavier (Ill.) Away 1 p.m.
Nov. 11 Saint Ambrose (Iowa) Home 1 p.m.
NOTE: All times are Central Time and are subject to change
Olivet is coming off of a 4-7 season, including a 2-3 mark in the MSFA in Hehman's first season at the helm.