Football features 4 home games in first 5 weeks
SPORTS | The Blue Hens have announced their 2013 football schedule, which features seven home games—four of them played before the end of September.
Other highlights of the 12-game season include two first-time opponents, a return to the U.S. Naval Academy and home league games against James Madison, William & Mary, Richmond and newcomer Albany.
Delaware revealed its complete schedule in December as part of the overall 2013 slate announcement by the Colonial Athletic Association. The 11 CAA members include Albany and fellow newcomer Stony Brook; Old Dominion and Georgia State have left the league.
Game times and the dates for special games such as Homecoming, Parents and Family Day, Band Day and Hall of Fame Day were not immediately announced. Visit www.bluehens.com for updated information.
The Hens will open the season with four homes games at Delaware Stadium in the first five weeks of the campaign. In Newark, they take on Jacksonville (7-4 last year) out of the Pioneer League on Aug. 29, followed by the annual Route One Rivalry game against Delaware State (6-5) on Sept. 7.
After a Sept. 14 road game at Navy (8-4), the Hens return home for a Sept. 21 battle against defending Northeast Conference champion and NCAA quarterfinalist Wagner (9-4) and, on Sept. 28, the CAA opener against James Madison (7-4).
In October, the Hens travel to Maine (5-6) Oct. 5, host Albany (9-2) Oct. 12 and play at Rhode Island (0-11) Oct. 26. Oct. 19 is a bye week.
The final month of the regular season will see the Hens go to Towson (7-4) Nov. 2, host William & Mary (2-9) Nov. 9, host Richmond (8-3) Nov. 16 and travel to defending CAA champion Villanova (8-4) for the annual Battle of the Blue rivalry game Nov. 23.
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