Ohio teams host
North Coast-UAA kickoff
Two University Athletic Association-member football squads match up against a pair of North Coast Athletic Conference members based in Ohio as the two leagues kick off a scheduling agreement that will run through 2011.
The agreement, which was announced in 2005 as the first of its kind in Division III, calls for scheduling 19 games annually between the leagues’ teams. The teams that host this year’s games will hit the road next year to return the favor with the same opponents.
Carnegie Mellon will play at Ohio Wesleyan and Case Western Reserve will tackle Kenyon at 1 p.m. Saturday in what also will mark the beginning of the NCAC’s 25th football season.
Four UAA teams sponsor football, which meant those schools had seven open dates annually to fill with nonconference opponents. The NCAC’s 10 teams each play three nonconference games annually and sought a reliable way to fill those dates against opponents that place a similar emphasis on football and the administration of athletics programs.
The Carnegie Mellon-Ohio Wesleyan matchup in Delaware, Ohio, is the first in 29 years between the schools and only the third contest between the Pittsburgh-based Tartans and the Battling Bishops.
Case Western Reserve travels from Cleveland to Kenyon’s campus in Gambier, Ohio, after playing in last year’s Division III Football Championship. Those two teams regularly have played each other in recent years, as was the case for several of both leagues’ teams even before the formalization of the scheduling agreement.
At least one matchup later this season between the two leagues will garner some television time, as Carnegie Mellon’s October 11 game at the NCAC’s only Pennsylvania member, Allegheny, will be carried by FSN Pittsburgh.
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