Recently watch the end of season Week 12 coaches corner video with Stevenson University head coach Ed Hottle. He discussed the season accomplishments, experience of program first NCAA playoff, and the legacy of this year's senior class. The interesting tidbit I picked up in the video was around the 7:25 minute mark in the video. Hottle mentioned that the season opener for the 2017 season will be against a team that finished this season 10-1 and likely a top 25 team in the final poll. After searching through the NCAA D3 program standings, I only found one team that has a 10-1 record, Frostburg St. This isn't what I was told by anyone, but from the clues I found, it suggest that we could see a 2017 Week 1 matchup of Stevenson vs. Frostburg St. I'm really excited because Hottle referenced the next step for the program is to challenge themselves with a stronger quality opponent! Frostburg St. would definitely be a great matchup to open the season. Curious to see if the matchup will be at home for Stevenson. Already looking forward to the 2017 season, Go Mustangs!
If this is the case I LOVE this move on a couple of levels. Better out of conference game against a good conference based on last year. Also gets even more fun in my family household as my girlie's grandparents ( my folks) are Frostburg alum. Certainly would get them over for the home game in week 1.
After searching, I've found some sources that can confirm my earlier stated belief regarding the schedule. According to a picture from a Stevenson University football player and the team Hudl page, the following will be the 2017 schedule:
W1 (8/31 at 7pm): at Frostburg St.
W2 (9/9 at 1pm): vs. King's
W3 (9/16 at 1pm): at FDU
W4 (9/23 at 1pm): at Delaware Valley
W5 (9/30 at 1pm): vs. Misericordia
W7 (10/14 at 1pm): at Lebanon Valley
W8 (10/21 at 1pm): vs. Albright
W9 (10/28 at 1pm): vs. Widener
W10 (11/4 at 1pm): at Wilkes
W11 (11/11 at 1pm): vs. Lycoming