March 27, 2010

Football Announces 2010 Schedule

2010 Football Schedule

GREELEY, Colo. – Opening at home for the first time since 2006, another trip to a Big Ten Conference school  and three games against FCS playoff teams highlight the 2010 Northern Colorado football schedule.

The Bears have five of their 11 games at home, with Homecoming on Oct. 2 and Family & Friends Weekend on Oct. 16.

“It’s obviously another challenging schedule,” said Head Coach Scott Downing. “Certainly we’re going to enjoy having two of our first three games at home against Adams State and Idaho State. The first big game in the Big Sky comes early at Weber State and then game number four at Michigan State is obviously a huge challenge.”

The season begins on Sept. 4 when Northern Colorado hosts Adams State. The two teams haven’t met on the gridiron since 2003, a 55-14 victory for the Bears to improve to 12-10-1 all-time against the Grizzlies.

The Bears jump into Big Sky Conference action in game two, traveling to Weber State on Sept. 11 and host Idaho State the next Saturday.

The FBS team on the docket for 2010 is Michigan State. The Bears take on the Spartans at Spartan Stadium on Sept. 25 in the first-ever meeting between the teams. It is the third game in school history against a member of the Big Ten Conference, as the Bears are 0-1 against Iowa and 0-1 against Purdue.

The Bears host their second set of Grizzlies on Oct. 2 as Montana comes to town for Homecoming and Family and Friends Weekend sees Eastern Washington at Nottingham Field two weeks later. NC travels to Sacramento State in between.

After the Eagles, the Bears take the road for a pair of games at Montana State and South Dakota before returning home to host Northern Arizona on Senior Day. The season finale takes place at Portland State on Nov. 13.

“The schedule plays out in our favor in terms of home and away games,” said Downing. “We do have six road games with five home, but I think it’s a good mix in terms of weeks at home and weeks away.”

For the third straight season, the Bears play straight through the season with no bye weeks on the schedule.

“It’s another exciting schedule,” said Downing. “We hope that fans will come out and fill the stands and cheer us on in the 2010 season.”