Nicholls St announces football schedule
THIBODAUX - The Nicholls State University football program announced its 2013 schedule on Wednesday, which will pit the Colonels against three FBS programs for the second straight year including national-title contender Oregon and in-state rival Louisiana Lafayette, along with five home games at John L. Guidry Stadium.
"I feel like our 2013 schedule will be the most challenging scheduled in Nicholls football history," said Nicholls head football coach Charlie Stubbs, who is entering his fourth year at the helm of the Colonel program. "All three of our FBS opponents are excellent programs, so it will be a great opportunity to compete and improve as we'll play in tough environments that will prepare us for the Southland Conference."
The Colonels will open the 2013 campaign with their second consecutive trip to the Pacific Northwest, taking on the Fiesta Bowl Champion Oregon Ducks on Aug. 31. The Ducks are coming off a 12-1 season as they finished the season ranked No. 2 in the nation in both Top 25 polls.
"Oregon will be the toughest team that we've played in program history, "Coach Stubbs said. "They will most likely be ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the nation, so we know it's a huge challenge."
Following the Oregon game, Nicholls will play two familiar foes - Western Michigan (Sept. 7) and Louisiana-Lafayette (Sept. 14). The meeting with Western Michigan will be the third in the last four years, while the Colonels will battle the Ragin' Cajuns for the second time since 2011.
"Kalamazoo has been a great atmosphere the last couple times that we have been there. Even with a new coaching staff, it will be a great opportunity to play a team from the Mid-American Conference" Stubbs said. "And Louisiana-Lafayette, they are an excellent program that's headed in the right direction. We played them tooth-and-nail two years ago and the environment was electric. It's a perfect opportunity for our fans and alumni to be able to support the Colonels on the road."
Before heading into Southland Conference play, Nicholls will make their Guidry Stadium debut on Sept. 21 against Langston, followed by another home game versus Arkansas Tech (Sept. 28). Langston, a NAIA school, went 6-4 last season while Arkansas Tech, a NCAA Division-II program, posted a 5-6 record in 2012.
After a bye week, the Colonels host Northwestern State on Oct. 12 for their SLC opener. For the rest of the month, Nicholls will play at Stephen F. Austin (Oct. 19) before taking on McNeese State (Oct. 26) in Thibodaux.
In November, Nicholls will have consecutive games in Texas with contests at Lamar (Nov. 2) and back-to-back FCS national runner-up Sam Houston State (Nov. 9). The Colonels will play their final home game on Nov. 16 against Central Arkansas before the Thursday-night season-finale at Southeastern La. (Nov. 21) in the River Bell Classic.
Nicholls will begin its spring schedule on April 9. For updates on kickoff times for the 2013 schedule, please continue to check back on Geauxcolonels.com.