Rams will face UNC-Pembroke on September 5
Division II and CBS Sports Network have announced their regular-season television schedule for the 2013 football season and the first game on the schedule features CIAA Champion Winston-Salem State.
The six-game Thursday night slate opens Sept. 5 and features seven teams from last year's championship field, including two national semifinalists. Teams appearing in this year's television package combined for a 102-30 (.773) overall record last season.
"This year's package of games offers a tremendous representation of Division II football," said Frank Condino, chair of the Division II Football Committee and athletics director at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
"The quality of teams and talent included is top-notch across the country. Featuring last year's national runner-up, a game at Cowboys Stadium and a matchup pitting the defending Harlon Hill Trophy winner against last year's third-place finisher are just a few of the highlights that make this lineup special."
Division II enters the eighth year of its partnership with CBS Sports Network in 2013, with nearly 25 percent of the division's football-playing members having enjoyed national television exposure over the course of the agreement.
"Institutions from seven different conferences, plus one independent, are represented this year," said NCAA Associate Director of Division II Josh Looney. "Over the past seven years, national telecasts have originated from 35 different Division II football stadiums, and we're adding five new venues to that list this year. In addition, eight teams will make their first football appearance on CBS Sports Network. This partnership has provided incredible visibility for our division that only continues to grow."
The 2013 season opens Sept. 5 and features a pair of intrastate rivals with Winston-Salem State of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association traveling to Division II Independent UNC Pembroke. Winston-Salem, which finished as national runner-up in 2012, escaped last year's matchup against UNC Pembroke with a 28-23 victory.
All games are scheduled for kickoff at 8 p.m. ET.
2013 CBS Sports Network Division II Thursday Night Football Schedule
Thursday, Sept. 5 – *Winston-Salem State at UNC-Pembroke
Thursday, Sept. 12 – *Chadron State vs. *West Texas A&M (at Cowboys Stadium)
Thursday, Sept. 19 – *West Alabama at Florida Tech
Thursday, Oct. 3 – *Harding at Southern Arkansas
Thursday, Oct. 17 – Findlay at Ohio Dominican
Thursday, Oct. 31 – *Shippensburg at *Bloomsburg
*denotes 2012 championship field qualifier