Valparaiso announces fall 2021 football schedule

By Kevin Kelley -

The Valparaiso Crusaders have announced their 2021 football schedule, which includes five home games and 11 contests overall.

Valparaiso opens the 2021 season with back-to-back non-conference contests on the road, beginning at Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday, Sept. 4, which was previously unannounced. The following week on Sept. 11, the Crusaders travel to play North Dakota State.

Valpo wraps up their non-conference schedule with their first home contest of the season against Dartmouth on Sept. 18 at Brown Field in Valparaiso, Ind.

Pioneer Football League (PFL) action for the Crusaders begins on Sept. 25 on the road at Drake. Valparaiso will also visit St. Thomas on Oct. 9, San Diego on Oct. 30, and Butler on Nov. 13.

PFL opponents scheduled to visit Valparaiso this season include Marist on Oct. 2 (Homecoming), Dayton on Oct. 23, Presbyterian on Nov. 6, and Morehead State on Nov. 20.

Below is Valparaiso’s complete schedule for the fall 2021 season, plus a link to their schedule page which will be updated with kickoff times and TV as they are announced:

2021 Valparaiso Football Schedule

  • 09/04 – at Indiana Wesleyan
  • 09/11 – at North Dakota State
  • 09/18 – Dartmouth
  • 09/25 – at Drake*
  • 10/02 – Marist*
  • 10/09 – at St. Thomas*
  • 10/16 – OFF
  • 10/23 – Dayton*
  • 10/30 – at San Diego*
  • 11/06 – Presbyterian*
  • 11/13 – at Butler*
  • 11/20 – Morehead State*

* PFL contest.

Valparaiso finished the spring 2021 Pioneer Football League season 4-2 overall. The Crusaders closed out their campaign with a 20-19 home victory over San Diego on April 17.

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Indiana Wesleyan is an NAIA school. To be fair, NAIA schools and Division 2 schools can give scholarships; Pioneer League schools cannot. So, in a way, having a Valpo go on the road to play a school that offers scholarships is not as crazy as it looks and sounds. Now, if Valpo traveled to Mount Union to play, that might be a story.

I go to many Marist (PFL) football games. I enjoy the games, the quality of play is pretty good and I am entertained. Valpo is improving. It’s nice to see Dartmouth visiting. In the past, Ivy League schools have looked down on PFL schools, even though both do not give out “athletic scholarships.”