VALDOSTA — In a world where nearly every connected citizen is a member of social media Web sites like Facebook and Twitter, information is easier than every to access. The information that began floating around Twitter Monday morning: the 2013 Valdosta State football schedule.
Although the schedule has not officially been released, the picture, taken by a member of the football team, clearly shows the full 2013 football schedule, posted on the billboard outside of the team's weight room inside the Athletic Fieldhouse.
As earlier reported, the Blazers open the season Sept. 7 at Fort Valley State. The game comes a week after the Blazers officially open the season with a bye week Aug. 31. The week after their game with Fort Valley State, the Blazers will have another bye week Sept. 14, before hosting three straight games at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.
The Blazers will play nine straight weekends to close out the regular season, starting with the three home games.
The home stand starts Sept. 21 against Gulf South Conference foe Shorter, which officially becomes a member this upcoming season.
Then, the Blazers will host Angelo State (Sept. 28) and Gulf South Conference newcomer — for football only — Florida Tech, which will be in its first-ever season of football.
Valdosta State's first conference road game comes Oct. 12 at West Georgia, a team the Blazers beat 42-7 in 2012. The Blazers then visit reigning Gulf South Conference champion West Alabama Oct. 19, before hosting rival North Alabama Oct. 26.
Nov. 2 will mark the Blazers' first flight of the season. The destination will be Cleveland, Miss., to face Delta State. The following week, the Blazers host North Carolina-Pembroke, an independent school in football.
Much like 2012, the Blazers will close out their regular season against Texas A&M-KIngsville. The only difference will be the Blazers will be on the road. Tha game will be played Nov. 16.
The NCAA Division II playoffs will begin the following week. All games are scheduled to change, and the times have yet to be announced for many. All games have the possibility of being moved to a Thursday night for the Gulf South Conference TV Game of the Week.
When the schedule is officially released so will the dates of parents weekend, homecoming and senior night, which is usually held on the final home game of the regular season.
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2013 Valdosta State football schedule
Aug. 31 Bye
Sept. 7 at Fort Valley State
Sept. 14 Bye
Sept. 21 vs. Shorter*
Sept. 28 vs. Angelo State
Oct. 5 vs. Florida Tech*
Oct. 12 at West Georgia*
Oct. 19 at West Alabama*
Oct. 26 vs. North Alabama*
Nov. 2 at Delta State*
Nov. 9 vs. UNC-Pembroke
Nov. 16 at Texas A&M-Kingsville
*Gulf South Conferenc opponent