Football schedule has changes
Same 11 opponents, but four game dates adjusted
Langston, Bacone College games switch places
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Following a recent meeting of athletic leaders within the Central States Football League, several teams, including Southwestern Assemblies of God University, have made some changes in the upcoming 2013 schedule.
Seven of the team’s eleven games are not affected. A shuffled deck involving four opponents impacts four dates in October and November.
The Lions announced that home games against two NAIA teams from Oklahoma would trade places.
Langston University (6-4), no stranger to being ranked in the nation’s Top 25, hasn’t played at Lumpkins Stadium since 2004. They were set to make a much anticipated return on the season’s final week, Nov. 16.
Instead, the Lions versus LU Lions contest moved up to Oct. 12. The game, SAGU’s third of five home contests, will kickoff at 2:00pm (CST).
It figures to be a "must see" college football game this year!
Langston has the lead in the series between the schools. After a regime change a year ago, the orange-clad Lions still retained their defensive growl.
They were third nationally (263 yds allowed per game) and No. 6 in scoring defense (14.9 ppg). They topped SAGU in a defensive stalemate a year ago, 21-7.
Bacone College (6-3), originally set for Oct. 5, will visit Waxahachie in the vacant date, Nov. 16, also at two o’clock. The Warriors were ranked No. 27 in the NAIA Pre-Season Coaches Poll.
The Lions and Warriors have enjoyed a list of exciting thrillers over the years. In their last trip to town, BC edged SAGU in overtime, 44-38.
Following consecutive SAGU victories in 2008 and 2009, 28-27 and 33-21, Bacone rebounded to take the last three meetings.
In place of Bacone on Oct. 5 is Oklahoma Baptist University. The Bison will be playing in their first season, and the Lions will face them in Shawnee, which is 39 miles east of Oklahoma City.
Wayland Baptist University (2-7) freed the Oct. 12 date that consented Langston’s move by shifting to the Nov. 2 spot.
OBU had previously held that date. It will be SAGU’s second consecutive season to take on the Pioneers in the panhandle (Plainview, Tx).
SAGU has five home dates; all played at the 10,000 seat Lumpkins Stadium. It is one of the most elite facilities in Texas and was recently renovated.
It includes expanded seating and a state-of-the-art 6,000 square foot press box. The playing surface is Polytan Ligaturf 240.
All home games will be aired in HD by SAGU Sports Live, the NAIA’s finest broadcast. Pre and post-game shows are part of each telecast.
An eleven game itinerary is the first for the Lions since the 2004 campaign. (Scroll down to view the condensed schedule)
The entire schedule is accessible at: http://www.sagu.edu/athletics/football
The Purple Pride opens the season with back-to-back home games against Bethany College (4-7) and Howard Payne University (1-9) on September 7 and 14.
Homecoming remains set on Saturday, Oct. 26. Oklahoma Panhandle State University (4-6) comes to town for a 2:00pm start. The Lions edged the Aggies (NCAA Division 2) in overtime last year.
Veteran Head Coach and Athletic Director Jesse Godding and the Lions coaching staff will welcome players to camp on Monday, August 12.
SAGU returns its Defensive Coordinator in John Allen as well as Frank Tristan, the Offensive Coordinator.
SAGU is coming off successive 4-6 seasons and looks to capitalize on a solid returning cast to compete for a winning campaign and a first-ever post-season.
The team helmet, possibly changing from gold to purple, will adorn the new Lions logo. Completing a fresh, new look, watch for the team to wear white pants in place of purple.
Dual members in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), the Lions compete in the six-team CSFL.
SAGU Lions Condensed 2013 Schedule
Sept. 7 Bethany College (4-7), 2pm
Sept. 14 Howard Payne (1-9), 6pm
Sept. 21 @ Haskell Univ (1-8), 1:30pm
Sept. 28 @ Texas Lutheran (4-6), 6pm
Oct. 5 @ Oklahoma Baptist (DNP), 2pm
Oct. 12 Langston Univ (6-4), 2pm
Oct. 19 @ Austin College (1-9), 1pm
Oct. 26 *Okla Panhandle State (4-6), 2pm
Nov. 2 @ Wayland Baptist (2-7), 2pm
Nov. 9 @ Texas College (2-9), 2pm
Nov. 16 Bacone College (6-3), 2pm
Note: DNP – Did Not Play last season.
Number in parenthesis is the team’s 2012 record.
All games are Central Standard Time.