FRISCO, Texas - The Southland Conference announced Tuesday that the McNeese State game at Sam Houston State game scheduled for Oct. 20 has been selected to be televised by the new Comcast SportsNet Houston.

Kickoff for the Bearkats' homecoming game at Elliott T. Bowers Stadium has been moved to 7 p.m., Central, to accommodate television. The game was originally scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m.

"Part of our focus as a regional sports network is to provide the most comprehensive regional sports coverage available and with wide local alumni bases for Sam Houston State and McNeese State, we know there will be strong local interest and viewership," said Matt Hutchings, president and general manager at Comcast SportsNet Houston.

Comcast SportsNet is a new regional sports network located in Houston and will have a five-state regional coverage area. The network is set to launch Oct. 1 and is also be the new home of the Houston Astros and Houston Rockets.

Currently, both Sam Houston and McNeese State are ranked in the polls, with the Bearkats ranked No. 9 in the Sports Network poll and No. 10 in the FCS Coaches poll. McNeese State is ranked No. 24 by the Sports Network voters and No. 21 by the coaches. The teams combined for 25 selections on the 2012 preseason All-Southland Conference team.

The Bearkats entered the season as the top-ranked team in the FCS after reaching the national championship game last season. The 2011 Southland Conference championship was Sam Houston's fourth since 1991, while berth in the NCAA playoffs was the program's fifth.

The Bearkats won their first 14 games of the 2011 season to earn the first No. 1 ranking in school history. They won three home games in the playoffs to reach the NCAA Division I National Championship game in Frisco, where it fell to North Dakota State 17-6. Five Americans return from that 14-1 team including 2012 Walter Payton Award candidates Timothy Flanders and Richard Sincere and Buck Buchannan Award candidate Darnell Taylor.

McNeese State is the winningest Southland football team with 13 Southland Conference championships, including six since 2001. They also lead the league with 14 appearances in the NCAA Division I playoffs.

The game will be the 34th meeting between the schools. McNeese leads series 24-8-1 though the Bearkats won 38-14 last year at Cowboy Stadium in Lake Charles.

That game will mark the third game of the season to be televised for the Cowboys, joining McNeese's homecoming game on Oct. 27 against Stephen F. Austin and Nov. 3 contest at Nicholls, both being broadcast by the Southland Television Network.