2014 Football Schedule Features Regional Non-League Games Before League Race Picks Up

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Evan Byers and Bucknell will begin the season at home against VMI on Aug. 30, one of five Patriot League teams playing on the opening weekend.
Evan Byers and Bucknell will begin the season at home against VMI on Aug. 30, one of five Patriot League teams playing on the opening weekend.

July 17, 2014

2014 Patriot League Football Composite Schedule

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The 2014 football schedule opens up in just over a month, and Patriot League teams are set to take on challenging non-League foes before the League race takes over the majority of the slate in October and November.

The slate includes non-League games against opponents from six different FCS conferences as well as a pair of matchups against FBS squads. Patriot League teams will be hitting the road often, too, as 22 of the 38 non-League games will be played away from home.

Patriot League teams will play 14 games against opponents from the Ivy League, nine versus foes from the Colonial Athletic Association and eight against teams from the Northeast Conference. There are also games against opponents from the Big South Conference, Pioneer Football League and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). The two FBS games begin and finish the season as Colgate goes to Ball State on Aug. 30 and Fordham visits Army on Nov. 22. The Rams won at Temple last season for the first win by a Patriot League team against an FBS opponent since 2003.

The Patriot League schedule begins on Sept. 27 when Fordham visits Holy Cross and Georgetown goes to Colgate, and there will be two League contests scheduled in each of the next two weekends. After a Saturday without League action on Oct. 18, the final five weeks of the regular season will each feature three League contests as the race for the 2013 title heats up. Fordham will be eligible for the League title for the first time since 2009 after the Rams were ineligible the past four seasons for awarding athletic scholarships before they were permitted in the Patriot League.

The 2014 season kicks off with five teams in action on Aug. 30, with three of those playing at home. Georgetown welcomes Wagner, Bucknell hosts VMI and Fordham plays host to St. Francis (Pa.) while Holy Cross goes to Albany in addition to Colgate's trip to Ball State. Lehigh and Lafayette will play their openers the next week as the Mountain Hawks host James Madison and the Leopards travel to Sacred Heart in a matchup of teams which won their conference last season. The Sept. 6 slate also features Holy Cross playing its home opener against Morgan State and Fordham going to Villanova in a matchup of teams expected to be in the top 25 of FCS polls in the preseason.

Lafayette opens its home schedule on Sept. 13 against Robert Morris, with two League squads heading on the road to face CAA opponents as Colgate goes to Delaware and Lehigh travels to New Hampshire. The next weekend brings the first action of the season against the Ivy League, with five teams facing foes from the Ancient Eight including Colgate hosting Cornell for its home opener. Bucknell also heads to Sacred Heart and Lafayette goes to William & Mary on the Sept. 20 schedule.

Patriot League play begins with a pair of games on Sept. 27 when Fordham goes to Holy Cross and Georgetown visits Colgate, with that matchup featuring head coaches making their League debt in the Hoyas' Rob Sgarlata and the Raiders' Dan Hunt. The first CBS Sports Network telecast of the season is the next week when Lafayette visits Fordham on Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m., while Holy Cross goes to Colgate the next day. The early-season League slate wraps up on Oct. 11 with Bucknell at Lehigh and Georgetown at Lafayette.

After the final four games of the season against Ivy League teams on Oct. 18, three League games will be played on each of the final five weekends of the season beginning on Oct. 25. The slate features another game on CBS Sports Network when Fordham visits Bucknell on Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m., and Lehigh faces Lafayette in the 150th meeting of the Most-Played Rivalry in College Football on Nov. 22 at 3:30 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. The regular-season champion receives the Patriot League's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Football Championship playoffs.

Every home game for Bucknell, Colgate, Fordham, Holy Cross, Lafayette and Lehigh that is not broadcast on CBS Sports Network will be shown through free live streaming on Patriot League Network. Campus Insiders will exclusively produce a handful of the PLN contests. Additional television information will be available at a later date, with the schedule including games on the newly-launched American Sports Network as well as regional broadcasts from a handful of Patriot League schools.

View the entire 2014 Patriot League Football Composite Schedule