March 28, 2013

Spartan Football Announces Historic Schedule of 2013

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CLEVELAND – Five states, three time zones and roughly 6,800 miles of road will be covered for the Case Western Reserve University football team during the fall of 2013.

With the University Athletic Association-North Coast Athletic Conference scheduling agreement having ended last season, and the Spartans' affiliate membership in the Presidents' Athletic Conference not beginning until the 2014 season, 10th-year Head Coach Greg Debeljak had to search across the nation to fill the team's schedule in 2013.

"Without a doubt, this was our most difficult year for scheduling," said Debeljak, who is 67-27 in his nine seasons. "Conference obligations for a lot of our traditional opponents as well as other programs we were interested in playing didn't leave a lot of open dates. This will be the first time since 1987 where our program hasn't scheduled 10 regular season games. At the same time, this will be the most unique schedule we've played, and it will provide us with great opportunities along the way."

Overall, the Spartans will play games in five different states and three different time zones, while the team's nine opponents will represent a total of eight states. All told, the team's round trip will account for roughly 6,800 miles of road, which is around 3,650 miles more than two-time defending BCS National Champion University of Alabama.

"We're going to embrace the opportunity to play in cities we've never visited before and the opportunity to play several perennially strong programs," noted Debeljak. "We fly out for our west coast trip, and the two back-to-back road swings we have don't require a ton of travel."

The Spartans open the season with a pair of games in the Buckeye state, including a September 7 home opener versus Marietta College at 7:00 p.m. at Case Field. Traditional opponent Oberlin College will be the team's first road game on a non-traditional day for college football – Sunday, September 15. That game has been moved from Saturday to Sunday in observation of Yom Kippur.

The following week, the team makes the first of its long road trips to Frostburg, Maryland to play Frostburg State University, who along with Marietta was a first-time opponent last season.

September 28 will serve as Homecoming in University Circle with Linfield College out of McMinnville, Oregon as the opponent. The Wildcats, 2004 NCAA Champions, have compiled a 100-19 overall record since 2000 with eight trips to the NCAA Playoffs.

The month of October will then provide plenty of opportunity for rest as the team plays only two games – each at the end of the month. The Spartans' longest trip will take place on October 19 with a 1:00 p.m. (PDT) game in Tacoma, Washington versus the University of Puget Sound. The squad then returns home to host Trinity University out of San Antonio, Texas on October 26. Trinity has eight playoff appearances since 2000 and was national runner-up in 2002.

Linfield, Puget Sound and Trinity are all first-time opponents.

"There are obviously two schools of thought with our schedule in October," said Debeljak. "As a coach, you worry that your team might lose its rhythm by having two-consecutive weeks off in the middle of the year. However, we've got to view it as an opportunity to rest up and prepare for the UAA schedule."

The month of November will take on a similar identity to years past with three-straight weeks of UAA competition. The University of Chicago will visit Case Field to open league play on November 2 at 1:00 p.m. The Spartans then make one more long road trip to Washington University-St. Louis for a 12:00 p.m. (CDT) kickoff on November 9. Rival Carnegie Mellon University is the final opponent of the season for the 28th Annual Academic Bowl on November 16 at 6:00 p.m. in Pittsburgh.

"Our guys are going to be put to the test with the amount of travel and the number of quality opponents on the schedule," said Debeljak. "But, we've got a great opportunity ahead of us, and we won't deviate at all from our goals of winning the UAA and reaching the NCAA Playoffs."

The Spartans finished the 2012 season at 6-4 overall and 2-1 in the UAA. Over the last six seasons, Case Western Reserve football has produced an overall record of 54-10 with four UAA Championships (2007-09, '11) and three NCAA Playoff berths (2007-09).

2013 Schedule

September  
Sat 7 MARIETTA Marietta, Ohio 7:00 PM
         
Sat 15 at Oberlin Oberlin, Ohio TBA
         
Sat 21 at Frostburg St. Frostburg, Md. TBA
         
Sat 28 LINFIELD (ORE.) / HOMECOMING Cleveland, Ohio TBA
         
October  
         
Sat 19 at Puget Sound Tacoma, Wash. 1:00 PM (PDT)
         
Sat 26 TRINITY (TEXAS) Cleveland, Ohio 12:00 PM
   
November  
         
Sat 2 CHICAGO * Cleveland, Ohio 1:00 PM
         
Sat 9 at Washington (Mo.) * St. Louis, Mo. 12:00 PM (CDT)
         
Sat 16 at Carnegie Mellon * / Academic Bowl Pittsburgh, Pa. 6:00 PM


Home games in BOLD and CAPS
*Conference Game
All start times are eastern daylight time (EDT) unless otherwise noted

Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Coast Guard at Anna Maria
7:00 PM
Defiance at Baldwin Wallace
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
Video
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
6:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
7:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
7:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Stevenson
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
7:00 PM
WPI at MIT
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Curry
7:00 PM
Morrisville State at St. Lawrence
10:00 PM
Adrian at Pacific
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Endicott at Framingham State
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Washington U. at Carnegie Mellon
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Chicago at Case Western Reserve
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
12:00 PM
Otterbein at Buffalo State
12:00 PM
Ursinus at Bethany
12:00 PM
Sewanee at Kenyon
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Kean at Christopher Newport
1:00 PM
McDaniel at Catholic
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton
Live Stats
1:00 PM
RPI at Norwich
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Dickinson
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Kalamazoo
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
1:00 PM
Alfred State at William Paterson
1:00 PM
St. Vincent at Alma
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Olivet at St. John Fisher
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
Audio
1:00 PM
Hobart at Brockport
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
1:00 PM
The Apprentice School at Methodist
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Bluffton
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
Audio
1:30 PM
Bridgewater at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
2:00 PM
Wisconsin Lutheran at Trinity Int'l
2:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
Live Stats
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Rockford
2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Westminster (Mo.)
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Luther
2:00 PM
Beloit at Lake Forest
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Crown at Hamline
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
Bethel at Dubuque
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Grinnell
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Mayville St.
2:00 PM
Simpson at UW-Stout
2:00 PM
Aurora at Carthage
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Coe
2:00 PM
Ripon at Concordia-Chicago
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
Audio
2:30 PM
Southern Virginia at Earlham
Live Stats
2:30 PM
Lawrence at Presentation
4:00 PM
McPherson at Nebraska Wesleyan
4:00 PM
UW-Platteville at George Fox
4:00 PM
La Verne at Puget Sound
Video Live Stats
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
Live Stats Audio
6:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Berry
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Averett
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Denison at Marietta
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Capital at Wittenberg
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Illinois College at Rose-Hulman
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Anderson at North Park
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live Stats
7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
8:00 PM
Willamette at Rhodes
8:00 PM
Cornell at Iowa Wesleyan
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Augsburg at Northwestern (Minn.)
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Southwestern Assemblies at Howard Payne
8:00 PM
Sul Ross State at UT-Permian Basin
8:30 PM
Redlands at Trinity (Texas)
Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
Video
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
Audio
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
4:00 PM
UW-Platteville at George Fox
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Live Stats
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live Stats