Jan. 19, 2007
DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis will play its inaugural football game at new Aggie Stadium on Sept. 1 when Western Washington makes a historic visit to open the new venue, one of five home matchups on the 2007 schedule which also features six road games, including a Sept. 29 contest at New Mexico Bowl winner San Jose State.
UC Davis released its 2007 schedule on Friday morning.
UC Davis, which posted its 37th consecutive winning season after finishing 6-5 in 2006, will also be eligible for postseason for the first time since 2002 when it was still a member of NCAA Division II. The Aggies are completing a four-year transition to Division I and will play in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Div. I-AA) beginning this fall.
The Aggies' new home, located adjacent to the Schaal Aquatics Center on the west side of campus, is nearing completion of construction that began in 2005. The $29.75 million stadium will feature 10,000-12,000 seats and amenities such as a state-of-the-art video display scoreboard, pressbox, several concession areas and other features. The UC Davis football team will share the facility with the women's lacrosse program.
The Aggies are moving into their new home after playing at Toomey Field since 1949.
"I can't wait for that first game and to stand out on the field and hopefully see a full crowd," said Bob Biggs, who will be entering his 15th season as head coach at UC Davis and 30th overall. "It's been a dream for those of us who have played and coached at UC Davis."
Western Washington, a former rival of UC Davis during its Div. II era, will kick off a home slate that also features games against Northeastern University (Sept. 22), Cal Poly (Oct. 13), South Dakota State (Oct. 27) and a visit for the second consecutive season by University of San Diego (Nov. 17).
UC Davis, which had five road games to start the 2006 season, will play four of its first six games away this season. Portland State (Sept. 8) and Eastern Washington (Sept. 15) are members of the Big Sky Conference and represent the first two opponents. Other road games are at San Jose State, North Dakota State (Oct. 6), Southern Utah (Oct. 20) and Sacramento State (Nov. 3)
San Jose State is the Aggies' third Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Div. I-A) opponent in as many seasons, following games at Stanford in 2005 and TCU last year. The Spartans finished 9-4 last season, claiming a 20-12 win in December over New Mexico in its first postseason bowl appearance since 1990.
Northeastern, a member of the powerful Atlantic-10 Conference is the only first-time opponent this season and will provide the Aggies their second home game. Rival Cal Poly will visit in the annual Battle for the Golden Horseshoe while South Dakota State will serve as this year's homecoming opponent. Both are Great West Football Conference foes for the Aggies who are hoping to win the league title after claiming a share of the championship in 2005. San Diego, which was defeated by the Aggies for its only loss last year, will return to UC Davis for the 2007 regular-season finale.
North Dakota State, which was 10-1 and finished with a No. 5 ranking, and Southern Utah are conference road opponents for UC Davis while local rival Sacramento State will host the Aggies for the 54th annual Causeway Classic. UC Davis has won the past seven games in the series.
"It's another challenging schedule," said Biggs. "But I think the carrot at the end of the stick is different with a possible playoff bid. It's very exciting."
Game times for the upcoming season will be released at a future date.
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