2023 Schedule Breakdown: Bucknell Bison

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The Bucknell Bison are the 61st DI program in the 2023 schedule breakdown series. The Bison are coming off a 2022 campaign in which they went 9-6 overall and 3-5 in Patriot League play. Bucknell saw its season end with a loss to Loyola in the Patriot League quarterfinals.

Bucknell’s 2023 slate features 14 games with seven coming at home, six on the road, and one being at a neutral site. Bucknell gets its season underway at home against Mercer on March 4th. The Bison open Patriot League play on March 11th against Boston U. at home.

Bison’s 2023 Schedule

DateHomeAwayNotes
2/4BucknellMercer
2/11BucknellRobert Morris
2/18RichmondBucknell
2/25HarvardBucknell
2/28BucknellBellarmineWilton, Conn.
3/4BucknellMarist
3/11BucknellBoston U.Patriot League
3/18BucknellLoyolaPatriot League
3/25ColgateBucknellPatriot League
4/1Army West PointBucknellPatriot League
4/8BucknellLehighPatriot League
4/15Holy Cross BucknellPatriot League
4/22LafayetteBucknellPatriot League
4/29BucknellNavyPatriot League

New Opponents

Harvard, Richmond

Teams Dropped

Binghamton, Penn State, St. John’s

Key Games

2/4 vs Mercer: For the second year in a row, the Bucknell Bison open the season against the Mercer Bears. This time, they will be going up against their former offensive coordinator Ryan Danehy, who is now the head coach at Mercer Bucknell won the meeting 16-14 last spring. This one will certainly be interesting, and for likely more than just the storylines coming in.

2/11 vs Robert Morris: Bucknell’s second game of the season comes against Western Pennsylvania rival Robert Morris. Playing each of the past two seasons since renewing the series, Bucknell won last year’s game 14-12 while Robert Morris won the 2021 meeting 8-7.

3/18 vs Loyola: The second conference game of the year for the Bison come against the Loyola Greyhounds. These two met twice last season with the Greyhounds winning both meetings; a 13-9 game in the regular season and an 11-7 win in the Patriot League quarterfinals.

4/1 @ Army West Point: Bucknell fell twice by one goal in Patriot League play last season. One of those losses came against the Army West Point Black Knights as they defeated the Bison 10-9 in what was very much a game of runs. Bucknell will be looking to flip the script in 2023 and it would be a big win, coming against one of the more consistent programs in the league.

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