When Florida Tech takes the gridiron for its first Gulf South Conference (GSC) game in fall 2013, it will line up against six-time league champion Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss. The game is the first of six on the Panthers’ inaugural conference schedule.
The league office has scheduled each game within a three-day date range because of possible TV games through the conference’s football package, GSC-TV Live. Official dates and times for all six of FIT’s conference games will be announced when finalized.
“We know that this schedule will be a huge challenge for us,” Head Coach Steve Englehart said. “We are honored to compete against some of the best teams in the country in the Gulf South Conference. It will be an eye-opening experience for our young team when we go to perennial power Delta State for our first conference game. We’re looking forward to the challenge.”
Viewed as one of the strongest, if not the strongest Division II football conference in the country, the GSC sent three teams – Delta State, North Alabama and West Alabama – to the NCAA Division II Football Playoffs this season. Over the last 37 years, a member institution has represented the conference 36 times. Of the previous 24 national champions, 10 have come from the GSC. In the last decade alone, the GSC won three national championships and finished as national runner-up two times.
Florida Tech will pursue games with non-conference opponents on the open dates, but details have not yet been finalized.
2013 Florida Tech Gulf South Conference Football Schedule
Week 1 Sept. 5-7 TBD
Week 2 Sept. 12-14 TBD
Week 3 Sept. 19-21 at Delta State
Week 4 Sept. 26-28 West Alabama+
Week 5 Oct. 3-5 at Valdosta State
Week 6 Oct. 10-12 TBD
Week 7 Oct. 17-19 Shorter+
Week 8 Oct. 24-26 TBD
Week 9 Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at West Georgia
Week 10 Nov. 7-9 North Adams
Week 11 Nov. 14-16 TBD
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