Challenging Schedule for 2013 Bulldogs
Tough Non-League Slate For Yale
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale football team returns to New Haven on Aug. 18 to begin preparation for the 2013 season. Here is a brief look at the teams the Bulldogs face this fall in what is shaping up as one of the toughest Yale schedules in recent years.
The Raiders, with All-America QB Gavin McCarney, get their feet wet with Air Force (BCS), Albany and FCS powerhouse New Hampshire before Yale comes to Hamilton for homecoming day on Sept. 21.
Senior QB Jeff Mathews, who was the only sophomore to be named Ivy League MVP and is the school's career passing leader, makes his last visit to the Bowl on Sept. 28.
The Mustangs, who won the Big Sky Conference and were 9-3 overall last year, get started with San Diego, Fresno State (BCS), Colorado State (BCS) and Portland State before the Elis head to Alex G. Spanos Stadium in San Luis Obispo on Oct. 5.
The Big Green, who have 2012 Ivy League Rookie of the Year QB Dalyn Williams back in the fold, host Yale on Oct. 12 in Hanover.
The Rams, who lead the Patriot League with three pre-season All-America selections, travel to the Bowl on Oct. 19 for Yale's final non-league game. Fordham plays Villanova and Temple before heading to New Haven.
The defending Ivy champion Quakers are the favorites to take the Ancient Eight title again. Yale heads to Franklin Field on Oct. 26.
The Lions, who have a Stanford transfer in the mix to replace their long-time starter at QB, come to the Bowl on Nov. 2. Brett Nottingham, ranked No. 4 as a pro-style high school quarterback in California on rivals.com, could be running the Columbia offense.
Three key fifth-year (medical hardship) players, including QB Patrick Donnelly, return to Brown Stadium to give the Bears a legitimate shot at an Ivy title. Yale hosts the Bears in the Bowl on Nov. 9.
Co-captain and pre-season first-team All-America honoree Caraun Reid will be the focal point of a Tiger defense that could be a force in 2013. Yale will take on its old rival at Princeton Stadium on Nov. 16.
Pre-season All-America honorees DE Zach Hodges and TE Cameron Brate are featured Crimson players who lead Harvard into the 130th edition of "The Game" on Nov. 23. This will be the Bulldogs' 600th game in Yale Bowl with the 100th season at the famous venue in 2014.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director