Football Adds Pittsburgh, Home Game with Albany to Complete 2013 Schedule
By ODU Athletics
Feb. 25, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion University has completed its 2013 football schedule with the announcement today by athletic director Dr. Wood Selig that the Monarchs will play at FBS power Pittsburgh on Oct. 19 and add a sixth home game on Sept. 28 against Albany.
"Pitt is a storied football program from the talent rich football state of Pennsylvania. The mid-season game with Pitt finalizes our schedule with six home and six road games," Selig said. "Pitt should prove to be another measuring stick for our young program and for our fans as we transition to FBS football. I like the fact that ODU is now playing three ACC opponents as they comprise 50% of our road games in 2013."
The game against the Panthers gives ODU its first 12-game regular season schedule and its fifth game against an FBS opponent.
"The 2013 football schedule is a balanced schedule with six home and six road games. Certainly the credit for such an attractive schedule goes to Sr. Assoc AD Bruce Stewart for securing what amounts to as 12 non-conference football games for this fall. We will test our young program with a handful of challenging FBS road games - most of which will be easy locations to access for ODU football fans," Selig said. "We literally bought six home games for this season versus some outstanding FCS programs. For our first year of transition to FBS football, the 2013 schedule is an aggressive blend of FBS and FCS scheduling and should prove to be thrilling for all involved with ODU football."
"With our goal to "raise the bar" as a program we are excited to release our 12 game schedule for 2013. We will need to start fast and finish strong if we are to maintain the level of success we have enjoyed in our first four years of football at Old Dominion," ODU Head Coach Bobby Wilder said. "Not only will we play our first ever FBS opponent in 2013 but we will play a total of five FBS opponents."
The Albany contest on Sept. 28 will also serve as the 64th annual Oyster Bowl at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium. Sponsored by the Chesapeake based Khedive Temple of Shriners International, the Oyster Bowl was first played at ODU's stadium in 1946 and continued through 1995 before returning to Foreman Field in 2010 as part of the Monarchs home schedule. An additional $1 is added to the ticket cost of this game to support the Shriners' Burn Hospitals.
"We open at East Carolina, a team that went 8-5 in 2012 and played in a bowl game. We end the season at North Carolina, a team that beat ECU, and Maryland as well as Virginia Tech and Virginia. By adding Pittsburgh as the final piece to our 2013 schedule, we will play a team that beat Virginia Tech 38-17 and took Notre Dame to three overtimes before losing 29-26. Maryland was a 4-2 football team before losing their top four quarterbacks to injury. They will be a much better team in 2013. A trip to Idaho on November 9th will be our first west coast trip as a program and the second dome team we have played," Wilder said. "We play seven FCS opponents in 2013 and the first four all had winning records in 2012. Our one FCS road game will be at Norfolk State. I am excited we will get to play the Spartans in 2013 and again at S.B. Ballard stadium in 2015. This schedule is clearly the most challenging in our brief history and one that I feel will position our program for future success in C-USA starting in 2014."
The Monarchs begin the season Aug. 31 at East Carolina. The pirates won back-to-back Conference USA championships in 2008 and 2009 and have been to four bowl games in the last six years including a 41-38 win over Boise State in the 2007 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl. ECU went 8-5 in 2012 and tied for first in the C-USA East Division with a 7-1 record. The Pirates had six players on the All-Conference team including Newcomer of the Year, Vintavious Cooper.
ODU starts the year with two-straight road games, visiting Maryland on Sept. 7.
Maryland had three players play in Super Bowl XLVII, as Torrey Smith and LaQuan Williams played for the victorious Ravens, while Vernon Davis played for the 49ers.
The Terps have appeared in 24 bowl games in the history of the program, making seven appearances in the last 11 years, going 5-2 in those games.
The Monarchs host Howard in the home opener on Sept. 14 which starts a four-game homestand. The Bison went 7-4 a season ago and return the MEAC Rookie of the Year in defensive end Damon Gresham Chisholm.
The Citadel comes to Norfolk on Sept. 21. The Bulldogs went 7-4 last season recording their first winning season since 2007. The Citadel defeated two top-10 teams in 2012, defeating No. 3 Georgia Southern and No. 8 Appalachian State. Head Coach Kevin Higgins was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year while Mike Sellers earned several All-America honors at center.
ODU hosts Albany on Sept. 28 in the 64th annual Oyster Bowl. Albany went 9-2 last year in their final year in the NEC before joining the CAA in 2013.
The Monarchs welcome Liberty on Oct. 5 for Homecoming. Liberty went 6-5 a year ago in head coach Turner Gill's first season at the helm. The former Buffalo and Kansas head coach led the Flames to a three-way tie for first place in the Big South last season.
ODU has their bye on Oct. 12 before traveling to Pittsburgh on Oct. 19. The Panthers were 6-7 in 2012 earning a trip to the BBVA Compass Bowl in head coach Paul Chryst's first season.
On Oct. 26 the Monarchs make the short trek to Norfolk State to complete the first year of a two-year deal with the Spartans. NSU will play at ODU in 2015. Norfolk State is one of just teams teams on ODU's 2013 schedule that the Monarchs' have previously played in the programs four year history. Old Dominion and Norfolk State faced each other in the first round of the Division I Football Championship playoffs last season with the Monarchs advancing to the second round with a 35-18 victory over the MEAC Champions.
ODU takes on the second team it has already faced in program history when Rhode Island travels to Norfolk on Nov. 2. The Monarchs defeated the Rams 31-23 in Kingston in 2011.
Future Conference USA Member Charlotte comes to ODU on Nov. 16 for the final home game of the season. Charlotte will begin their first season playing football in 2013. The 49ers are coached by Brad Lambert.
The Monarchs wrap up the season on Nov. 23 at North Carolina. The Tar Heels went 8-4 in 2012 in their first year under head coach Larry Fedora. UNC has had five-consecutive winning seasons. The Tar Heels have six players participating in this year's NFL Combine and have had 11 players drafted in the last two years.
Old Dominion will cap off the spring on April 20 with the spring football game at 3 p.m.