Lion Football Announces Full 2023 Schedule

By Lion Athletics

COMMERCE – The Texas A&M University-Commerce football team has announced its full schedule for the 2023 season, which features four home games.

The Lions, under first year coach Clint Dolezel, are scheduled to play four non-conference games and play a full Southland Conference schedule, facing all seven other teams in the conference.

For the second straight season, the Lions begin the season at home. They host UC Davis on August 31 at Ernest Hawkins Field inside Memorial Stadium. The Lions and the Aggies played a home-and-home series in 1998-99 with UC Davis winning both meetings.

The following weekend, A&M-Commerce heads to California to face another Big Sky Conference opponent in Sac State on September 9. This is the first meeting between the two teams and A&M-Commerce’s first trip to California since the meeting against UC Davis. Last season, the Hornets advanced to the FCS Quarterfinals and were the second seed in the FCS Playoffs.

The Lions enjoy a bye week on September 16 and then trek to Virginia to face Old Dominion on September 23. It is the first meeting against a FBS opponent since moving up to NCAA Division I.

On September 30, a rivalry is renewed when the Lions make the trip to Nacogdoches to face Stephen F. Austin for the first time since 2014. The two teams have faced off 57 times, including all but four years from 1924-1983. The two founding members of the Lone Star Conference have met just twice since 1983 and A&M-Commerce is 43-13-1 all-time in the series.

The Southland Conference schedule begins on October 7 and has not changed since it was announced last December. A&M-Commerce faces McNeese at home on October 7 and heads to UIW on October 14.

The annual homecoming game is scheduled for October 21 against Nicholls, followed by a trip to Houston Christian on October 28. The Lions are on the road on November 4 as well, facing Lamar, and host Southeastern in the final home game on November 11.

The season closes out on November 18 at Natchitoches, Louisiana, against Northwestern State.


Sept. 9at Sac StateSacramento, Calif.
Sept. 23at Old DominionNorfolk, Va.
Sept. 30at Stephen F. AustinNacogdoches
Oct. 14at Incarnate WordSLCSan Antonio
Oct. 28at Houston ChristianSLCHouston
Nov. 4at LamarSLCBeaumont
Nov. 18at Northwestern StateSLCNatchitoches, La.