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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

Sep. 23: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Massachusetts Maritime at Framingham State
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Muhlenberg at Juniata
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Becker at Dean
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Salisbury at TCNJ
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MIT at Catholic
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Merchant Marine at Maine Maritime
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Endicott at Hobart
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Nichols at Morrisville State
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Stevenson at Delaware Valley
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Widener at Albright
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Christopher Newport at Montclair State
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Bethany at Westminster (Pa.)
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Middlebury at Bowdoin
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Williams at Colby
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Amherst at Hamilton
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Ursinus at Moravian
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Trinity (Conn.) at Bates
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Brevard at LaGrange
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Geneva at Thiel
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Mass-Dartmouth at Plymouth State
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Kean at Southern Virginia
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Frostburg State at Rowan
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Union at Curry
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Thomas More at Carnegie Mellon
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Lycoming at King's
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Husson at Western New England
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Johns Hopkins at Dickinson
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Wooster at DePauw
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Allegheny at Ohio Wesleyan
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Wilkes at Misericordia
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FDU-Florham at Lebanon Valley
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Rochester at Alfred
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Wesley at William Paterson
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Maryville (Tenn.) at N.C. Wesleyan
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Huntingdon at Ferrum
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Gettysburg at McDaniel
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RPI at Buffalo State
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Franklin and Marshall at Susquehanna
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Oberlin at Denison
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Westminster (Mo.) at Northwestern (Minn.)
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Crown at Eureka
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John Carroll at Heidelberg
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Otterbein at Ohio Northern
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Baldwin Wallace at Mount Union
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Defiance at Rose-Hulman
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Muskingum at Marietta
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Franklin at Bluffton
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Anderson at Hanover
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Mount St. Joseph at Manchester
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Worcester State at Westfield State
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Coast Guard at Norwich
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Bridgewater State at Fitchburg State
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Wittenberg at Kenyon
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Hiram at Wabash
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North Central (Ill.) at Millikin
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Sewanee at Millsaps
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Birmingham-Southern at Rhodes
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Austin at Hendrix
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Greenville at Martin Luther
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Chapman at Trinity (Texas)
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Buena Vista at Loras
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Washington U. at Wartburg
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Hamline at Gustavus Adolphus
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Augsburg at Carleton
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St. Olaf at Bethel
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Dubuque at Luther
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Nebraska Wesleyan at Central
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Simpson at Coe
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Wheaton (Ill.) at Elmhurst
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North Park at Illinois Wesleyan
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St. Norbert at Grinnell
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Ripon at Knox
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Iowa Wesleyan at MacMurray
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Hardin-Simmons at Howard Payne
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Southwestern at Louisiana College
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Monmouth at Macalester
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St. John's at St. Thomas
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WPI at Springfield
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Beloit at Cornell
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Utica at Brockport
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St. John Fisher at Hartwick
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Carroll at UW-La Crosse
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Minnesota-Morris at St. Scholastica
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UW-Eau Claire at George Fox
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Salve Regina at Western Connecticut
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Adrian at UW-Stevens Point
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Tufts at Wesleyan
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Methodist at Averett
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Centre at Berry
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Lake Forest at Lawrence
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Waynesburg at Case Western Reserve
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St. Vincent at Grove City
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Texas Lutheran at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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Lakeland at UW-Platteville
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Carthage at Augustana
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Chicago at Illinois College
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McMurry at Sul Ross State
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Capital at Wilmington
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Belhaven at East Texas Baptist
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Arizona Christian at Whittier
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Stevenson at Delaware Valley
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Wesley at William Paterson
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Rochester at Alfred
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Johns Hopkins at Dickinson
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Frostburg State at Rowan
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John Carroll at Heidelberg
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Baldwin Wallace at Mount Union
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Wittenberg at Kenyon
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Hiram at Wabash
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Hardin-Simmons at Howard Payne
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North Central (Ill.) at Millikin
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Wheaton (Ill.) at Elmhurst
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North Park at Illinois Wesleyan
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St. John's at St. Thomas
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4:00 PM
Utica at Brockport
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Waynesburg at Case Western Reserve
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Lakeland at UW-Platteville
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Texas Lutheran at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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