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Bucknell announces football schedule for upcoming season

Bucknell football coach Dave Cecchini revealed his team’s 2021 schedule Monday. The Bison will host five games during their 136th season of competition, and Bucknell Athletics will welcome fans back to Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium and other athletics venues for the 2021-22 academic year.

“We are looking forward to welcoming back fans to Christy as well as our other athletics venues this fall while following all CDC, state and campus guidelines,” said director of athletics and recreation Jermaine Truax. “The 2020-21 athletic year was not the same without our fans and all that they bring to our events. We are so appreciative of the tremendous support of our donors and fans that allows us to continue to provide our more than 750 student-athletes with opportunities for success both in the classroom and on the playing fields and surfaces.”

Season tickets will go on sale July 16, followed by single-game sales on July 23.

The football team’s challenging slate includes FBS program Army West Point, two Ivy League teams and defending NEC champion Sacred Heart.

“As enjoyable as our 2021 spring football season was, we are excited to get back to a full fall schedule,” Cecchini said. “We are also thrilled to welcome our fans back to Christy. Game days weren’t the same without them, and we can’t wait to take the field this coming season.”

The Bison open their campaign with two-straight road games, facing off against Sacred Heart (Sept. 4) and Villanova (Sept. 11). They then welcome Ivy League foes Penn (Sept. 18, Family Weekend) and Cornell (Oct. 2, Homecoming) to Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium for back-to-back home tilts.

“Sacred Heart will be a challenging first opponent,” Cecchini said. “This past spring, they won the NEC championship and made the FCS playoffs. They also return Julius Chestnut, who led the FCS in rushing. Our home opener against Penn will be unique. Not only will we be their first opponent of the season, it will also be their first game since the fall of 2019. Half of their roster will be playing in their first college football game.”

Bucknell kicks off Patriot League action at Lafayette (Oct. 9) and then travels to Fordham (Oct. 16) the following Saturday. The Bison’s Patriot League home games are against Georgetown (Oct. 23), Lehigh (Nov. 6) and defending champion Holy Cross (Nov. 20); a road game against Colgate (Oct. 30) rounds out their Patriot League slate

On Nov. 13, Bucknell will travel to Army West Point for a noon game that will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network. The Bison and Black Knights are set to square off for the first time since 2015. Army West Point will be Bucknell’s second FBS opponent in the past three seasons, as the Bison squared off against Temple in the 2019 opener for both teams.

Bucknell’s 2021 schedule is subject to change. Game times will be released at a later date.

During the 2021 spring campaign, the Bison earned a spot in the first-ever Patriot League Championship Game. Bucknell, which was picked to finish last in the Patriot League preseason poll, knocked off Pennsylvania rivals Lafayette (38-13) and Lehigh (6-0) to earn a date with defending champion Holy Cross.

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