SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Last season, Cal Poly played its first Friday night football contest in 50 years.
This year, the Mustangs will make it two in a row.
Cal Poly's 2013 Big Sky Conference opener at Portland State has been moved from Saturday, Sept. 28, to Friday, Sept. 27, at the request of the Portland Timbers.
The Major League Soccer team has a home match scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 29, and prefers to have an extra day to convert Jeld-Wen Field from a football venue to a soccer pitch.
Cal Poly beat Weber State 45-23 on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Ogden, Utah, the Mustangs' first Friday night contest since 1962. The game was moved to avoid a conflict with the LDS General Conference that weekend.
The Mustangs' 2013 schedule, released Dec. 6, features their first-ever 12-game slate with six home dates, two opponents from the Football Bowl Subdivision, no Division II foes for the second year in a row and a visit to Alex G. Spanos Stadium by Yale in what is believed to be the inaugural football matchup between members of the Big Sky Conference and the Ivy League.
The Mustangs' second season in the Big Sky features six home games for the first time since 2008, including the season opener against San Diego on Aug. 31, the second straight year Cal Poly will open against the Toreros. Until last year, the two California FCS teams hadn't met since 1959.
Cal Poly visits Fresno State and Colorado State for its FBS matchups, kicks off defense of its Big Sky championship at Portland State and will host Yale on Youth Day, Oct. 5.
Cal Poly was to play a 12-game regular-season schedule in 2002, but during the offseason Alcorn State backed out of its trip to San Luis Obispo as part of a home-and-home series. The Mustangs played the Braves in Mississippi in 2001, a 21-12 Cal Poly victory.
In addition to its Big Sky opener at Portland State on Sept. 27, Cal Poly also visits Montana on Oct. 19, UC Davis on Nov. 2 and Northern Colorado on Nov. 23 for its four Big Sky road contests.
The Mustangs' four Big Sky games at home will be Oct. 12 against Weber State (Hall of Fame Game), Oct. 26 against Northern Arizona (Parent and Family Weekend), Nov. 9 against Sacramento State (Heroes Day) and Nov. 16 against Eastern Washington (Homecoming Game/Honored Alumni).
Kickoff times for all games on the 2013 schedule will be announced at a later date.
FCS football teams also will be allowed to schedule 12 games in 2014.
Cal Poly, 9-3 overall in 2012, capturing a share of the Big Sky title with Eastern Washington and Montana State and earning its third FCS playoff berth in the last eight years, opens spring drills April 10 and will play its annual spring football game on Saturday, May 4, at 1 p.m. in Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Admission is free and the game will be open to the public.