SFA announces 5 home games as part of an 11 game schedule in 2023.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas– In a year that will celebrate the 100th birthdate for Stephen F. Austin State University, SFA Director of Athletics Ryan Ivey and Head Football Coach Colby Carthel formally announced the 2023 football schedule on Tuesday.
The ‘Jacks will play a total of eleven teams consisting of five non-conference opponents and six WAC/ASUN League foes. Five of those games will be at home with all eleven contests serving as D1 counter games.
“We are excited to announce the 2023 football schedule with 11 competitive, Division I games,” shared Director of Athletics Ryan Ivey. “The 2023 schedule will provide some regional opportunities and allow us to grow our partnership with the ASUN with the formation of a single sport conference in football. This will be a fun, competitive schedule and we are looking forward to the opportunity to compete for another championship.”
Head Coach Colby Carthel shared his thoughts regarding the direction of the WAC/ASUN league and this year’s schedule by saying, “We’re fired up about this WAC-ASUN merger and our 2023 conference schedule! We look forward to defending our 2022 WAC Championship and continuing to elevate Lumberjack Football!”
The 2023 season opens on the road at Troy on Sep. 2. The Trojans finished the 2022 season as the Sun Belt and Cure Bowl champions with a 12-2 overall record.
The Lumberjacks home opener is set for Sep. 9 when they host Alcorn State. The 2022 thriller in Lorman, Mississippi came down to the wire following weather-related delays and saw SFA snap Alcorn’s 13 home-game winning streak.
Following Alcorn State, the Lumberjacks will hit the road and head to Natchitoches, Louisiana to face historical Southland Conference rivals the Demons of Northwestern State. The Demons finished third in the Southland Conference in 2022.
Other non-conference opponents of note include another Southland Conference opponent Texas A&M-Commerce (4th in Southland League play in 2022) at home and Central Arkansas (4th in ASUN League play in 2022) on the road in Conway, Arkansas.
WAC/ASUN Conference Highlights
On Sep. 23, WAC/ASUN play officially opens up here in Homer Bryce as the ‘Jacks host Austin-Peay.
Following the WAC/ASUN home opener with Austin-Peay, your ‘Jacks will hit the road to St. George, Utah to face Utah Tech before returning home to face Abilene Christian. The Lumberjacks battled ACU twice in 2022 with the second game deciding the WAC Championship. The Lumberjacks would prevail on the road and win the WAC title in dramatic fashion.
Following the Bye Week, the final 3 games will find the ‘Jacks both on the road versus Tarleton State in Stephenville, Texas, and at home against Southern Utah, before book-ending the 3-game stretch back on the road at Eastern Kentucky in Richmond, Kentucky.
2023 Season Ticket deposits are on sale now with renewals and general public tickets going on sale in February. To make you 2023 Football Season Ticket deposit and to learn more, visit these links below:
2023 Lumberjack Football Schedule
9/2/23 @ Troy
9/9/23 vs Alcorn State
9/16/23 @ Northwestern State
9/23/23 vs Austin Peay*
9/30/23 vs A&M-Commerce
10/7/23 @ Utah Tech *
10/14/23 @ Central Arkansas
10/21/23 vs ACU*
11/4/23 @ Tarleton State*
11/11/23 vs Southern Utah*
11/18/23 @ Eastern Kentucky*