ABILENE, Texas - After weeks of limbo, the 2013 Hardin-Simmons football schedule has been released and will feature five home games.
The Cowboys will open the season with a rare Friday game. HSU will play at Willamette in Salem, Ore. at 9 p.m. CST on Sept. 6 to open the season. Willamette beat the cowboys 58-34 last season in Abilene.
HSU will host Linfield on Sept. 14 at noon. The Wildcats won last year's meeting 49-35.
The Cowboys then hit the road for two straight games sandwiched by an off week. On Sept. 21, HSU will return its game at Texas College. HSU beat the Steers 57-21 in Abilene last season.
After a bye week, HSU will go to Mississippi College on Oct. 5 and the game will be played at 2 p.m. HSU beat the Choctaws 31-0 last season in Abilene.
Late last week the NCAA Championship Committee accepted a waiver request from the ASC in regards to Mississippi College. MC is leaving the conference after this season. For the 2013-14 season, all games with the Choctaws will now count as Division III games.
Since the games with MC will now count in regional and national rankings by the NCAA, Hardin-Simmons will play MC as scheduled by the American Southwest Conference. MC will not be eligible for conference championships or participation in NCAA post season championships.
The Cowboys will then return home for their homecoming tilt against Howard Payne at 1:30 on Oct. 12. HSU beat HPU 56-10 in 2012. HSU then travels to East Texas Baptist for a 6 p.m. game on Oct. 19. The Cowboys won 42-22 last season in Abilene.
HSU closes the season with three of the final four games at home. HSU hosts Mary Hardin-Baylor at 1 p.m. on Oct. 26. The winner of the HSU-UMHB game has won at least a share of the conference title every year since 1998. UMHB won 45-32 in Belton last year.
The Cowboys will play the final road game of the season on Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. in Alpine against Sul Ross State. The two teams combined for 1714 yards last season, the most ever by two teams in a college football game. HSU won 86-42.
The final two games of the year will be at home. Texas Lutheran, who is no longer a member of the ASC, will be in Abilene on Nov. 9. The two teams played a thrilling 65-58 double overtime game last season that HSU won in Seguin.
HSU closes the season at home against Louisiana College.
HSU leads 2-1
Linfield leads 3-2
at Texas College
HSU leads 1-0
at Mississippi College *
HSU leads 13-3
Howard Payne *
HSU leads 34-24-3
at East Texas Baptist *
HSU leads 12-1
Mary Hardin-Baylor *
UMHB leads 13-5
at Sul Ross State *
HSU leads 28-2
HSU leads 14-1
Louisiana College *
HSU leads 9-3
Information for this story provided by HSU Athletics