Butler Unveils 12-Game Football Schedule

Butler Unveils 12-Game Football Schedule


INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler will face a 12-game, regular season football schedule for the first time in school history when it takes the field in the fall of 2013.  The Bulldogs, coming off a championship campaign, will play six home games, including the first-ever visit from an Ivy League opponent.

The 2013 Butler football schedule includes four non-conference games, eight Pioneer Football League contests and three first-time foes.  The Bulldogs, who will be in their eighth season under head coach Jeff Voris, will begin the campaign against one of those new opponents when they visit South Dakota State on August 31.  The Jackrabbits are coming off a 9-4 campaign and a berth in the Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs.

The other two new foes both will visit the Butler Bowl.  Dartmouth of the Ivy League will make its first visit to Butler for a 6 p.m. (ET) contest on Sept. 21, and Stetson, one of two new members of the PFL, will play at the Butler Bowl at 1 p.m., on Oct. 5.  The Bulldogs played at Dartmouth last season.

Butler will begin its home slate against Wittenberg on Sept. 7 at 6 p.m.  The Bulldogs will have a three-week homestand beginning with the Stetson contest and including games against Campbell on Oct. 12 and PFL Co-Champ Drake on Oct. 19, before wrapping up the home schedule against long-time foe Valparaiso on Nov. 9.  The final four games of the home schedule are each slated for a 1 p.m. (ET) start.

The Bulldogs' road schedule includes a non-league game at Franklin on Sept. 14, and conference games at Jacksonville (Sept. 28), San Diego (Oct. 26), Dayton (Nov. 2) and Morehead State (Nov. 16).  San Diego shared the 2012 PFL crown with Butler and Drake.

The 12-game schedule is a first for the Bulldogs, who have played 11-game slates in each of the past ten seasons.  Butler did play 12 games in 2009, but that included a post-season win in the Gridiron Classic.

Butler, 8-3 a year ago, captured its second PFL title in four years and its third crown overall last season.  Voris has four first-team All-PFL performers returning from that squad, quarterback Matt Lancaster, running back Trae Heeter, defensive lineman Jeremy Stephens and defensive back Sean Grady.  Lancaster was named the league's Most Outstanding Offensive Player, while Heeter led the league in rushing.