Abilene Christian University’s first football season as a member of NCAA Division I includes just four home games in 2013, but also four others in some of the biggest markets where alumni and future students live. Details were announced yesterday by ACU athletics:
- August 31 – Concordia (Ala.) College, Abilene, 7 p.m.
- September 7 – McMurry University, Abilene, 6 p.m.
- September 14 – New Mexico Highlands University, Abilene, 6 p.m.
- September 21 – at Illinois State University, Normal, Ill., TBA
- September 28 – Tarleton State University, Frisco (FC Dallas Stadium), 4 p.m.
- October 5 – at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan., 2 p.m.
- October 12 – at Houston Baptist University, Houston, TBA
- October 19 – University of the Incarnate Word, Abilene, 2 p.m. HOMECOMING
- October 26– at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, N.M., 7 p.m. CST
- November 9 – at University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TBA
- October 16 – at Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TBA
Games in the Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex (Sept. 28), Houston (Oct. 12 and Oct. 16) and San Antonio (Nov. 9) will give fans in those areas an opportunity to see the Wildcats play in person.
Because ACU is playing an independent, non-conference football schedule in 2013, its opponents will range from NAIA (Concordia) to NCAA Division II (Tarleton State, Pittsburg State, McMurry) to NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (Illinois State, Prairie View A&M) to NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (New Mexico State). All other Wildcat sports will participate in the Southland Conference beginning in Fall 2013, but because of prior scheduling commitments, football will enter in 2014.
Illinois State was a FCS national quarterfinalist in 2013. The neutral site for the Sept. 28 game with Tarleton State will be FC Dallas Stadium in the north Dallas city of Frisco, the site of the FCS national championship game each fall. Prairie View, just west of Houston, is the site of the Oct. 16 game with Prairie View A&M University.
ACU’s Oct. 26 football game with New Mexico State will be its first with a traditional FBS opponent since the Wildcats traveled to Honolulu in 1980 to play the University of Hawaii.