St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 25, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis football team returns from its first bye week with a road game at No. 17-ranked Case Western Reserve University on Saturday, Oct. 28. Kickoff is set for Noon (ET) in Cleveland. The Bears snapped a four-game losing streak with a 55-20 win over Buena Vista University Oct. 14 in St. Louis.
WashU (2-5, 0-1 UAA) at No. 17 Case (7-0, 0-0 UAA)
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 • Noon (ET)
DiSanto Field (2,400) • Cleveland, Ohio
Download the complete WashU game notes by clicking HERE (PDF).
THE SERIES – WashU leads the all-time series with Case 20-11, but the Spartans have won six of the last 10 meetings and each of the last two. The Spartans posted a 56-38 win over the Bears in the last meeting on Oct. 29, 2016 in St. Louis. WashU is 11-6 in games played in Cleveland.
THE COACHES – Head coach Larry Kindbom (Kalamazoo, 1974) is in his 29th season at WashU, with an overall record of 176-113 (.609). His 176 wins rank him as the all-time winningest coach at WashU. Overall, Kindbom ranks sixth in active NCAA Division III coaches with a 204-143-1 (.588) record in 35 seasons as a college football coach.
Case Western Reserve head coach Greg Debeljak (John Carroll, 1988) is 98-42 (.700) in 14 seasons as a collegiate head coach, all at Case. Debeljak was named CWRU's head coach on March 24, 2004. The 1998 graduate of John Carroll has led the Spartans to five UAA Championships in the last 10 years with three consecutive undefeated (10-0) regular seasons and NCAA Playoff berths from 2007-09.
BYE WEEK – WashU is 5-8 in games played after a bye week since 2004, and have dropped its last three games. Last season, the Bears dropped a 39-28 decision at home against Centre College.
TOUGH SCHEDULE – Head coach Larry Kindbom has put together the toughest schedule in NCAA Division III in 2017. Of the Bears' nine opponents this season, four have been ranked in the D3football.com top-25 poll including three currently: North Central (No. 10), Case Western Reserve University (No. 17) and Wartburg (No. 19). WashU has the toughest NCAA strength of schedule sorted on cumulative opposition at 0.722.
MEDIA COVERAGE – Saturday's contest at Case will be broadcast live at no cost on MediaVision. Andrew Luftglass will provide play-by-play and Eddy Jansen will do color. Live stats will also be available on the Case Western Reserve Athletics website at: athletics.case.edu.