Dates Set for Inaugural Conference USA Football Schedule
Jan. 30, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech's inaugural Conference USA football slate has been set and the Bulldogs first C-USA game will be on Sept. 14, 2013 against in-state rival Tulane at Joe Aillet Stadium as the league announced its 2013 composite schedule Wednesday.
Conference USA has announced its football schedule for the 2013 season in a release Wednesday. The 14-team alignment for the 2013 season will feature each team playing eight conference games, along with four non-league contests. Tech's four non-conference games (at North Carolina State, Lamar, at Kansas, vs. Army in Dallas) were previously announced.
Each school will play every team in its division once for six games, while playing two cross-over opponents from the opposite division. The 2013 schedule has 14 playing weeks, which provides for two open dates for each team. The schedule is a one-year model, meaning that as the conference lineup changes for the 2014 season, opponents may change and locations of games for that season are not yet determined.
A schedule of televised games will be released at a later date. Conference USA's national television partners are Fox Sports Media Group and CBS Sports Network for regular season games. The league's ninth annual Championship Game, pitting the champions of the East and West Divisions, is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7 and will be televised by ESPN or ESPN 2. All game times are still to be announced.
The announcement of the composite schedule comes a week after the league announced conference game opponents for the season.
Tulane will make its first trip to Ruston to face the Bulldogs since 1911 on Sept. 14. The two in-state teams have not faced each other since the 1998 season when the Green Wave was ranked 11th in the nation. Tulane was 2-10 last year in Curtis Johnson's first year as head coach.
After facing Kansas and Army in non-conference games, the Bulldogs travel to El Paso, Texas to face UTEP in the Sun Bowl on Oct. 5, Tech's first trip to El Paso for a game since 2003 when the two teams were in the Western Athletic Conference together. Overall, Tech leads the series 6-2-1 and has won five of the last six meetings.
After a week off on Oct. 12, the Bulldogs will host North Texas on Oct. 19 at Joe Aillet Stadium. Tech leads the overall series with the Mean Green, 6-5, and has won six of the last seven meetings in a series that dates back to 1976.
Oct. 26 will mark the first meeting between Louisiana Tech and FIU as the two teams will meet each other in Miami, Fla. at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium before getting another week off.
The Bulldogs return home on Nov. 9 to host Southern Miss in the resumption of The Rivalry in Dixie, a series that dates back to 1935 when Tech shut out the school now known as Southern Miss, 27-0. The meeting this fall will mark the 45th installment of the Rivalry in Dixie after a pair of thrilling, one-decision games in 2010 and 2011.
What was a non-conference game in 2012 becomes a conference game in 2013 as Louisiana Tech will play at Rice on Nov. 16 in Houston. This fall's meeting will be the seventh installment in a series that is tied at three wins apiece for each team with Tech taking the last two meetings, including a 56-37 win in Ruston in 2012.
Tech's final regular season home game will take place on Nov. 23 when the Bulldogs host Tulsa, a team that went 11-3 last season and won the C-USA title after beating UCF in the league's championship game, 33-27, in overtime. Tech leads the all-time series against the Golden Hurricane, 7-2, and has won three of the last four meetings.
The regular season wraps up on Nov. 30 as the Bulldogs travel to San Antonio to face UTSA in the Alamodome. Tech topped UTSA, 51-27, in a WAC game in 2012 and the two teams will meet again this fall, this time as part of a C-USA game.
The Conference USA Championship Game is scheduled for Dec. 7 with the winners of the East and West Divisions facing each other (it was previously announced Louisiana Tech will compete in the West Division in 2013 along with North Texas, Rice, Tulane, Tulsa, UTEP and UTSA). The team with the better ranking and record will host the championship game.
Louisiana Tech is not only entering its first year in Conference USA but also its first season under the direction of head coach Skip Holtz.
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