The Rock will play five home games and six road games this fall, starting with the Sept. 7 season opener at Northwood University in Michigan
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The 2013 Slippery Rock University football schedule, which was released Tuesday by veteran head coach George Mihalik, presents another stiff challenge to the Green and White in their quest for Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and NCAA Division II regional honors.
The Rock face six teams that finished the 2012 season with a winning record and three teams that competed in the NCAA playoffs: PSAC champion and Super Region One runner-up Indiana U. of Pa. (12-2 final record), conference runner-up Shippensburg (11-2) and Bloomsburg (10-2).
SRU also takes on Mercyhurst (9-2), California, Pa. (8-3) and Kutztown (7-4) programs that had winning seasons in 2012.
All told, The Rock’s 2013 rivals compiled a 73-53 (.579) win-loss record last fall.
The Rock will play six road games and five home games in 2013.
If there is an upside to The Rock’s 2013 schedule it is the fact SRU will host four games against teams that had winning records last fall.
SRU’s home opener is a Week 2, Sept. 14 date with Shippensburg. The Rock also host Mercyhurst (Sept. 28), IUP (Oct. 12) and California (Nov. 2), along with backyard rival Clarion (4-7) in the fourth annual Milk Jug game Oct. 19.
The game vs. Shippensburg will be held as part of SRU’s Friends & Family Weekend and the Slippery Rock Borough’s VillageFest event.
The annual SRU Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held as part of the home football weekend revolving around the game against Mercyhurst, while The Rock’s 2013 Homecoming Game foe will be Clarion.
The Rock’s season opener is a Sept. 7 road game at Northwood University in Midland, Mich. The Timberwolves had a 5-6 record last fall.
SRU also visits Gannon (3-8), Kutztown (7-4), Edinboro (4-6), new PSAC rival Seton Hill (0-11) and Bloomsburg.
Interesting sidenote: The Rock will face three teams under the direction of first-year head coaches. Drew Folmar ascended from the offensive coordinator position to the top position at Kutztown, longtime defensive coordinator Paul Darragh is the interim head coach at Bloomsburg and Isaac Collins takes over the reins at Seton Hill after serving as head coach at Division III Widener College.
The complete 2013 Rock football schedule is as follows:
Sept. 7 at Northwood, Mich., noon
Sept. 14 SHIPPENSBURG, 6 p.m. (VillageFest/Family Weekend)
Sept. 21 * at Gannon, TBA
Sept. 28 * MERCYHURST, 6 p.m. (Hall of Fame)
Oct. 5 at Kutztown, 1:05 p.m.
Oct. 12 * INDIANA (PA), 6 p.m.
Oct. 19 * CLARION, 2 p.m. (Homecoming)
Oct. 26 * at Edinboro, Noon
Nov. 2 * CALIFORNIA (PA), 1 p.m.
Nov. 9 * at Seton Hill, 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 16 at Bloomsburg, Noon
HOME GAMES IN BOLD CAPITAL LETTERS
* PSAC-Western Division games
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