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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

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