Taking cues from an old wedding custom, the Truman Football team will have a mix of ??something old and something new?? on the 2013 schedule.
The schedule features a mix of former MIAA cohorts Southwest Baptist and Central Missouri, a new seven-game Great Lakes Valley Conference schedule and perennial Division II powerhouse Grand Valley (Mich.) State University.
The season will kick off with three non-conference games beginning on September 7 at home against Southwest Baptist University.
Truman will then head to Allendale, Michigan to face Grand Valley State on September 14.
The team is currently open on September 21st but looking at possibilities to fill that date and will then host the University of Central Missouri on September 28. The Bulldogs open Great Lakes Valley Conference play on October 5th at nearby Quincy (Ill.) University and head to Liberty, Missouri the following week to play William Jewell (Mo.) on October 12. McKendree (Ill.) University will by the opponent for Homecoming on October 19 and Missouri S&T will renew their long-time rivalry with the Bulldogs at Stokes Stadium on October 26th. Truman will finish with two of their last three on the road. They will travel to Owensboro, Kentucky to face Kentucky Wesleyan on November 2nd, return to Kirksville for Senior Day against St. Joseph??s (Ind.) College on November 9th and then square off against the defending GLVC champion, Indianapolis (Ind.) on the road November 16th. 2013 Schedule At A Glance: (All Times Subject To Change; Central Time)
September 7 vs. Southwest Baptist (Mo.) UniversityStokes Stadium (7:00 p.m.)Series Record: 20-3 (Truman) The Bulldogs open the 2013 season just as they opened the 2012 campaign.
Truman won 24-14 against Southwest Baptist in Bolivar last season and has won the last five straight in the series.
Southwest Baptist will be under the direction of a new head coach as Craig Schuler, who comes over from being the offensive coordinator at Lindenwood (Mo.) University to lead SBU.
The Bearcats won their final two games in 2012 to finish 3-8 overall. September 14 at Grand Valley (Mich.) State University
Lubbers Stadium, Allendale, Mich. (6:00 p.m.)Series Record: 2-0 (Truman) Truman will take on one of the powerhouses of Division II Football when they make the trip north to face Grand Valley State.
Since 2001, the Lakers have played in six Division II title games and have won four.
The Lakes missed out on the postseason last year following an 8-3 record. The Bulldogs and Lakers played a home-and-home series to begin the 1987 and 1988 campaigns.
Truman won 30-24 in Kirksville and 36-35 in Allendale. September 28 vs. University of Central Missouri
Stokes Stadium, Kirksville, Mo. (7:00 p.m.)Series Record: 52-39-5 (Truman) The fourth oldest series in Division II football with 97 games played between them dating back to 1905 will continue for the 67th consecutive year.
The Mules have had the upper hand recently winning the last seven games including last year??s 38-17 contest that was featured on national television in Warrensburg.
Central finished 6-4 last year, winning just two of their last five. October 5 at Quincy (Ill.) UniversityFlinn Stadium, Quincy, Ill. (TBA)Series Record: 2-1 (Truman) The first GLVC game will be played on the road against the Quincy Hawks. Quincy and Truman have had an outstanding rivalry in other sports but this will be just the fourth time they have met on the gridiron with the Bulldogs dominating the two most recent games.
The teams met in the 2001 and 2002 seasons with the Bulldogs winning 51-7 and 69-14. The Hawks are led by Tom Pajic in his second season after going 3-8. October 12 at William Jewell (Mo.) CollegeGreene Stadium, Liberty, Mo. (TBA)Series Record: 6-5-2 (William Jewell) This will be the first meeting with the Cardinals since 1961 as the Bulldogs travel to Liberty for the second league game.
William Jewell struggled to a 2-9 season in their first as a Division II member last year but had one of the best returners in the league in first team selection Thomas Cook.
Jerod Kruse enters his fourth season as the Cardinals Head Coach. October 19 vs. McKendree (Ill.) UniversityStokes Stadium, Kirksville, Mo. (2:00 p.m.)Series Record: 1-0 (Truman) The Bearcats make their first trip to Kirksville for the Homecoming game against the Bulldogs.
The two squads met in 2011 with Truman winning 25-10 in Lebanon, Ill. McKendree was 3-7 overall last year and finished sixth in the GLVC with a 3-5 record. Mike Babcock replaced long-time McKendree Coach Karl Poekler during the off season. October 26 vs. Missouri S&TStokes Stadium, Kirksville, Mo. (1:00 p.m.)Series Record: 49-22-4 (Truman) Truman and Missouri S&T will renew their long standing rivalry after a four-year hiatus.
The Miners left the MIAA in 2004 and the two teams played a pair of non-league games in 2007 and 2008.
Missouri S&T posted a 10-1 record last season and finished second to Indianapolis in the inaugural GLVC season.
The Miners averaged 41.6 points per game but will be replacing the majority of their offensive production along with bringing on a new head coach in Tyler Fenwick. November 2 at Kentucky Wesleyan CollegeWilson Field/Steele Stadium, Owensboro, Ky. (TBA)Series Record: First Meeting The Bulldogs and Panthers will meet for the first time ever in the first weekend in November. Kentucky Wesleyan College was 2-9 in 2012 but winless in the eight GLVC games played.
The Panthers struggled offensively scoring just 18 points per game while allowing over 40. Brent Holsclaw enters his 11th season at the helm of Kentucky Wesleyan. November 9 vs. St. Joseph??s (Ind.) CollegeStokes Stadium, Kirksville, Mo. (1:00 p.m.)Series Record: 3-0 (Truman) The Pumas will be returning to Kirksville for the first time since the season opening game of the 1959 season.
The two teams opened the 2010 season in Indiana with the Bulldogs winning 23-10 in Coach Gregg Nesbitt??s Truman debut. St. Joseph??s was 6-5 last year and 5-3 in the GLVC while possessing first team wide receiver Julian Walker and dual-threat quarterback Billy VandeMerkt. Walker caught 92 passes for 1071 yards and VandeMerkt threw for 2376 yard and rushed for 443 with a total of 29 touchdowns. November 16 at University of Indianapolis (Ind.)Key Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind. (1:30 p.m.)Series Record: First Meeting A showdown with the defending GLVC champions will close out the 2013 regular season for the Bulldogs.
Indianapolis ran the slate in 2012 going 8-0 in the conference and 9-2 overall to earn a spot in the NCAA Division II playoffs.
The Greyhounds hosted a first round game and defeated Midwestern (Texas) State 31-14 before falling on the road to the region??s top team,
Colorado State-Pueblo 28-7.
Head Coach Bob Bartolomeo returns most of the nucleus offensively including seniors quarterback Chris Mills (2702 yards passing, 26 touchdowns), running back Klay Fiechter (1436 yards, 18 touchdowns) and receiver Mar??Quone Edmonds (1250 yards, 17 touchdowns).
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