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Cal Poly to play difficult 2011 schedule

San Luis Obispo, CA (Sports Network) - Cal Poly football has announced a difficult 2011 schedule which includes games against two FBS teams that are coming off bowl wins, San Diego State and Northern Illinois.

The Mustangs will kick off their season by visiting San Diego State, the Poinsettia Bowl winner, on Sept. 3. Their fourth game will be at Northern Illinois, which won the Humanitarian Bowl, on Sept. 24.

Other big games includes a visit to Montana on Sept. 10 and a home date against 2010 FCS national champion Eastern Washington on Nov. 12. Cal Poly will join both of those powers as a Big Sky Conference member in the fall of 2012.

In the final year of the Great West Conference, Cal Poly will host Southern Utah on Homecoming Day Oct. 15, visit North Dakota Oct. 22, host South Dakota Oct. 29 and go to rival UC Davis Nov. 5.

In 2010, Cal Poly finished 7-4 in coach Tim Walsh's second season at the helm, including a 2-2 conference mark.

2011 Cal Poly Football Schedule

All Times ET

Sept. 3, at San Diego State, San Diego, Calif., TBA

Sept. 10, at Montana, Missoula, Mont., 2:05 p.m.

Sept. 17, South Dakota State, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 7:05 p.m.

Sept. 24, at Northern Illinois, DeKalb, Ill., TBA

Oct. 8, Central Oklahoma, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 7:05 p.m.

Oct. 15, Southern Utah* (Homecoming), San Luis Obispo, Calif., 9:05 p.m.

Oct. 22, at North Dakota*, Grand Forks, N.D., TBA

Oct. 29, South Dakota*, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 9:05 p.m.

Nov. 5, at UC Davis*, Davis, Calif., 4:05 p.m.

Nov. 12, Eastern Washington, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 9:05 p.m.

Nov. 19, at South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., 3 p.m.

*- Great West Conference game

02/15 10:40:30 ET