AZUSA, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific has announced its 9-game football schedule for the 2010 season, a slate that features a 4-game opening stretch within southern California for the first time since 1989. (Click here to view the 2010 Azusa Pacific football schedule)
The Cougars open the season on the road with a Sept. 4 visit to the University of San Diego, continuing the longest-running series in Azusa Pacific’s program history with the 43rd all-time meeting between the programs. The Toreros, an NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) program, have been the Cougars’ season-opening opponent 10 of the last 13 seasons, and the all-time series record between programs that have met annually since 1969 is tied at 21-21.
“Scheduling is one of the toughest challenges when you compete as an independent, and I’m confident that the quality of the opponents we regularly play has elevated the level of play within our program,” head coach Victor Santa Cruz said. “We’re excited for our players and fans that we were able to put together a schedule that keeps us in southern California through the first month of the season.”
Azusa Pacific returns home for the next 2 games on the schedule, renewing long-time local rivalries against NCAA Division III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) members La Verne (Sept. 11) and Whittier (Sept. 18), facing both programs in the same season for the first time since 2002. With 38 all-time meetings, La Verne ranks second on the Cougars’ list of most frequent opponents, and Whittier is third with 27 games against Azusa Pacific.
Five of the final 6 games of the season are on the road, beginning with a Sept. 25 visit to Chapman to round out the month of September. The Cougars visit NAIA independent Webber International University Oct. 2 before facing back-to-back NCAA Division II foes from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). Azusa Pacific hosts Humboldt State for the Homecoming game on Oct. 9, the last of 3 home games that will all be played at 6 p.m. at the Citrus College football stadium in Glendora.
After an Oct. 16 bye, the Cougars have consecutive road games in Oregon, first visiting GNAC member Western Oregon (Oct. 23) prior to an Oct. 30 visit to fellow NAIA independent Southern Oregon (Oct. 30). The Cougars’ regular-season schedule concludes with a Nov. 6 visit to NCAA Division II independent Lincoln (Mo.), the only first-time opponent on Azusa Pacific’s 2010 slate.