SFA releases 2013 football schedule.
Dec. 1, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team will play five games in Homer Bryce Stadium during the 2013 campaign announced SFA Director of Athletics Robert Hill Saturday afternoon. The 2013 schedule is highlighted by games against Texas Tech and Montana State, as well as trips to Ogden, Utah, and annual Battle of the Piney Woods in Houston, Texas. The schedule also consists of three games against 2012 FCS playoff participants and one bowl eligible school from the Big 12.
"It is our goal to play a nationally competitive schedule every season, and I believe we've accomplished that with our 2013 schedule," said head coach J.C. Harper. "We look forward to our five games at home, due to the great support we receive from our fans. We also have some very tough road games ahead of us including trips to Weber State and Texas Tech. I know our kids always look forward to our rivalry games against Sam Houston State in Reliant and against Northwestern State."
For the first time since 2003, SFA will open a new season with consecutive road games, beginning at Weber State (Aug. 31st) and Texas Tech (Sept. 7). The Lumberjacks will follow that up with three consecutive games at home beginning Saturday, Sept. 14 against McMurry. Three-time defending Big Sky Conference champion Montana State will be in Nacogdoches Saturday, Sept. 21, followed by Prairie View A&M the following week.
The Lumberjacks will have an off week before opening conference play at Southeastern Louisiana (Oct. 12th). SFA opens the home portion of its conference schedule the following week against Nicholls. The game against Colonels will be one of only two conference home tilts in 2013 (McNeese State - Nov. 9th).
The 'Jacks will once again be returning to Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas for the annual Battle of the Piney Woods. The game, which has seen a record attendance every season, is entering its fourth year in Houston. SFA will close out the 2013 campaign Saturday, Nov. 23 against Northwestern State in the annual Battle for Chief Caddo.