COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Football is excited to announce the schedule for the 2017 football season, and the university's set date for Homecoming. Mark your calendars for the season and home opener on Sept. 2, as well as Homecoming against Capital's most fierce rival on Sept. 30.
The Purple and White will open the season in a nonconference matchup against Mount St. Joseph University. The Crusaders and Lions have not played one another in recorded history, but will spar for the first time to open 2017 season at home on Sept. 2 at 1:30 p.m.
Last year, Mount St. Joseph finished its season 6-4 overall and 6-2 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC). The Lions won five straight contests after losing its first three. Capital will take its bye week the following weekend.
The Ohio Athletic Conference has planned out the conference slate for all teams, which begins Sept. 16. Capital has coincided its annual home night football game with the conference opener against Muskingum University that evening with opening kickoff set for 7 p.m. on Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium. Two seasons ago, the Fighting Muskies and Crusaders met under the lights in Bexley for the first time in Capital program history. Capital emerged the victor in a thrilling 34-31 game, that evening.
Capital will continue the conference schedule on the road at Wilmington College in its first road game of the season on Sept. 23 before one of the most notable contests of the year.
Homecoming 2017 has been set for Sept. 30 and will feature a classic rivalry matchup against rival Otterbein University on Capital's home turf. Kickoff for the game is set for 1:30 p.m., though festivities will begin on Friday, Sept. 29 and last throughout the weekend. Cap defeated Otterbein in Westerville this past season in an instant classic that featured a wild ending in which the Purple and White defeated the Cardinals, 42-41.
More information will be available regarding all events over Homecoming Weekend 2017 on a later date.
Cap will play the next two contests on the road against Ohio Northern University (10/7) and the NCAA semifinalist University of Mount Union (10/14). They will return home to face off against another national semi-final team and defending OAC Champion John Carroll University on October 21 at 1:30 p.m.
Two of Capital's final three games will be played on the road, including visits to Baldwin Wallace University (10/28) and Heidelberg University (11/11) in the regular season finale. The Purple and White will celebrate Senior Day on Nov. 4 when they welcome Marietta College to town.
Capital comes off a 2016 season in which they posted an overall record of 4-6 under first-year head coach Chad Rogosheske. The team finished the year 4-5 against OAC competition, ending the year in sixth place.