Mustangs announce 2013 schedule

Ontario University Athletics (OUA) announced its 2013 football schedule today, detailing the path the Western Mustangs need to take as they attempt to win their 30th Yates Cup championship and seventh Vanier Cup.

The Mustangs season gets started on Aug. 25 as the team takes to the road for a matchup with the Toronto Varsity Blues before returning home for a Labour Day showdown with the Carleton Ravens. The Ravens return to OUA football in 2013 and will be kicking off their first season in 15 years.

Other highlights of the team’s 2013 schedule include a rematch of this year’s OUA semi-final on Sept. 7 when the Mustangs face McMaster at Hamilton’s Ron Joyce Stadium in what’s sure to be a marquee matchup. Western then plays host to the Ottawa Gee-Gees in Week Four before heading on the road on Sept. 21 for a contest with the Laurier Golden Hawks.

On Sept. 28, Homecoming features another chapter in one of the most exciting rivalries in Canadian university sport as the Queen’s Gaels head to TD Waterhouse Stadium. The Gaels have won the past two matchups with the Mustangs and Western will be looking to reverse this trend when they play Queen’s on home turf for the first time since 2010.

The team then wraps up the regular season with a trip to Windsor to play the Lancers and a home game against York when former Mustang Michael Faulds returns as the Lions’ offensive coordinator.

Western’s schedule is as follows:

Week 1 (Aug. 25)

Western @ Toronto

Week 2 (Sept. 2, Labour Day)

Carleton @ Western

Week 3 (Sept. 7) 

Western @ McMaster

Week 4 (Sept. 14) 

Ottawa @ Western

Week 5 (Sept. 21)

Western @ Laurier

Week 6 (Sept. 28)

Queen’s @ Western

Week 7 (Oct. 5)

Western @ Windsor

Week 8 (Oct. 10)

Bye

Week 9 (Oct. 19)

York @ Western