Abilene Christian Wildcats

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Abilene Christian Wildcats (variously ACU or ACU Wildcats) refers to the sports teams of Abilene Christian University located in Abilene, Texas. The Wildcats joined the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) on July 1, 2021 after having spent the previous eight years in the Southland Conference. The nickname "Wildcat" is derived from the mascot of the team.


Abilene Christian Wildcats college football
First Season
Team History
Abilene Christian Wildcats (1919-present)
Western Athletic Conference (2021-present)
Southland Conference (2014-20)
Independent (2013)
Lone Star Conference (1973-2012)
Anthony Field at Wildcat Stadium (2017-present)
Shotwell Stadium (1959-2016)
Key People
Players • Coaches

Programs by season


Season/Date Opponent Venue
September 16, 1978 vs. Northern Colorado Shotwell Stadium
Western Athletic Conference
Full members Abilene Christian Wildcats • California Baptist Lancers • Chicago State Cougars • Dixie State Trailblazers • Grand Canyon Antelopes • Incarnate Word Cardinals • Lamar Cardinals • New Mexico State Aggies • Sam Houston State Bearkats • Seattle Redhawks • Southern Utah Thunderbirds • Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks • Tarleton State Texans • Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros • Utah Valley Wolverines • UT Arlington Mavericks
FBS Conferences American Athletic Conference • Atlantic Coast Conference • Big 12 Conference • Big Ten Conference • Conference USA • Mid-American Conference • Mountain West Conference • Pac-12 Conference • Southeastern Conference • Sun Belt Conference
FCS Conferences Big Sky Conference • Big South Conference • Colonial Athletic Association • Ivy League • Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference • Missouri Valley Football Conference • Northeast Conference • Ohio Valley Conference • Patriot League • Pioneer Football League • Southern Conference • Southland Conference • Southwestern Athletic Conference • Western Athletic Conference
Other Conferences Current: Atlantic 10 Conference • Big East Conference • West Coast Conference
Former: Big Eight Conference • Pacific Coast Conference • Southwest Conference