Fans will have plenty of opportunities to see their Bearkats in action coming this fall with six home games and two away games only an hour away from Huntsville. The 2013 season will provide a chance to spend Saturdays inside Bowers Stadium, something that was rarely offered last year due to only three home games being on the schedule.
The schedule kicks off with a return to Kyle Field to face the Texas A&M Aggies, a game that will take place on September 7th. Four home games follow this opening week game: Texas Southern, Incarnate Word, Eastern Washington and Lamar will make appearances at Bowers Stadium. The Eastern Washington game is a rematch of last years FCS semifinal round matchup between the Bearkats and the Eagles, a 45-42 win for Sam Houston that quickly became a classic and unforgettable game for anyone who watched.
This game on September 28th will also be Parents/Family Weekend. The Lamar game has been dubbed Homecoming weekend for Sam Houston.
Following this four game home stretch sits an away game against conference rival McNeese State. The Bearkats will then return home for a three game home-stand against Northwestern State, archrival Stephen F. Austin and Nicholls State. The game against Stephen F. Austin will be held again at Reliant Stadium, but Sam Houston will be considered the home team for the game. The past three years the rivalry game has drawn crowds of around 25,000 per game. Nicholls State will be Senior Day for those Bearkat football players who will be donning their uniforms for the last time inside Bowers Stadium.
The schedule will conclude with away games against Southeastern Louisiana and Central Arkansas.
Returning to Conway for the second year in a row to play Central Arkansas was a scheduling decision made by the Southland Conference, SHSU athletic director Bobby Williams said. Our appeal to change that decision was denied.
Sam Houston will have one bye week in between the Eastern Washington and Lamar games. Efforts are still being made to add a 12th regular season game to the schedule as well.
Everyone involved in Bearkat athletics is thrilled about our exciting football schedule for 2013, Williams said. With six games in Huntsville and two more just one hour away in Houston and College Station, Sam Houston fans will have plenty of opportunities to come cheer for their nationally ranked Bearkats.
For a full listing of the schedule and dates for every game, fans can visit http://www.gobearkats.com. Season tickets will go on sale shortly according to the ticket office.