Dec. 13, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Three teams that earned postseason berths this season, including the University of Nevada which will play in the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, help highlight the 2013 UC Davis football schedule, it was announced on Thursday by Director of Athletics Terry Tumey.
Five games at home and six on the road comprise the 11-game schedule which Tumey said may expand to 12 contests. The Aggies will face Portland State, Idaho State, Montana, Cal Poly and North Dakota at home. South Dakota, Nevada, Southern Utah, Northern Colorado, Montana State and Sacramento State make up the road portion of the schedule.
Game times will be announced at a later date.
The Aggies will be entering their second year in the powerful Big Sky Conference.
Information for season tickets will be available beginning Monday through UC Davis Athletics Ticket Office.
"We'll once again face a challenging and exciting schedule," Tumey said. "The Big Sky features many of the country's top FCS teams while Nevada renews a rivalry that goes back nearly 100 years."
UC Davis will open the season in August for the second consecutive year, traveling to face South Dakota for a nonconference matchup on Aug. 31. It'll be the fourth time since 2009 that the teams have met with the previous three games decided by a total of eight points.
Following a scheduled bye week on Sept. 7, UC Davis will travel over the Sierras and face Nevada for the first time since 1989 when it won 24-17. The Wolf Pack hold a 27-21-3 lead in the all-time series which began in 1915. Only four other teams have faced the Aggies as many times.
Nevada is currently 7-5 as it readies for its bowl game this weekend in Albuquerque against Arizona, which is also 7-5.
Big Sky member Portland State visits UC Davis on Sept. 21 for the second consecutive season but will do so this time as a nonconference opponent, a provision permitted by the conference to allow its teams to fill out their schedules each season.
The final eight games will make up the conference portion of the schedule with four teams facing UC Davis for the second consecutive season and four others making their first appearances as league opponents.
The Aggies will host Idaho State on Sept. 28 and longtime rival Cal Poly on Nov. 2 after playing exciting games against each team on the road this past season. UC Davis held off the Bengals in a 52-45 shootout in October after nearly rallying to beat Cal Poly, which earned a playoff berth this season as Big Sky co-champion, earlier in the year.
The Big Sky rotation brings perennial league power Montana to Aggie Stadium as a league game for the first time on Oct. 12, while North Dakota debuts on Nov. 16. The Grizzlies, who edged UC Davis 17-10 in their most recent meeting in 2009, have won all four previous games while the Aggies hold a 3-2 all-time lead against North Dakota.
The matchup against Montana will also serve as the annual Homecoming game while the rivalry game against Cal Poly will help highlight Parent and Family Weekend.
The road portion of the Big Sky schedule is also challenging. The Aggies will square off against Big Sky co-champion Montana State, another FCS playoff team, for the third consecutive season on Oct. 26, and will head up the road to Sacramento State on Nov. 23 for the 60th annual Causeway Classic.
UC Davis will travel to face Southern Utah on Oct. 5 after not playing the Thunderbirds last season for the first time since 2003. The Aggies have won 10 of the all-time 16 games between the programs. Northern Colorado, which last tangled with UC Davis in 2008, will host the Aggies for the first time as a Big Sky opponent on Oct. 19, trying to close a 4-1 series deficit.
"We're excited that fans will have seven great opportunities close to home to cheer on their Aggies," Tumey said. "We have five games at Aggie Stadium, another matchup at Nevada, which is a very beautiful drive through the mountains, and then a rivalry game at Sacramento State which is basically in our backyard.
"This is a wonderful schedule for both our faitfhul fans and our team."
Season ticket information will be available beginning Monday by calling the ticket office at (530) 752-AGS1 (2471). More information will be available at www.ucdavisaggies.com.