2023 Schedule Breakdown: Providence Friars

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The Providence Friars are the 67th DI program in the 2023 schedule breakdown series. The Friars are coming off a 2022 campaign in which they went 6-8 overall and 1-4 in Big East play. Providence enters the 2023 season with new head coach Bobby Benson at the helm.

Providence’s 2023 slate features 14 games with seven coming ate home, six on the road, and one at a neutral site. Providence opens the season on February 4th at home against Holy Cross. The Friars open Big East play at home on April 1st against Marquette.

Providence’s 2023 Schedule

DateHomeAwayNotes
2/4ProvidenceHoly Cross
2/11BryantProvidence
2/18ProvidenceSiena
2/21BrownProvidence
2/25Saint Joseph’sProvidence
3/4ProvidenceFairfield
3/11ProvidenceStony Brook
3/18ProvidenceHobartSparks, Md.
3/25North CarolinaProvidence
4/1ProvidenceMarquetteBig East
4/8GeorgetownProvidenceBig East
4/15ProvidenceVillanovaBig East
4/21DenverProvidenceBig East
4/29ProvidenceSt. John’sBig East

New Opponents

Hobart, North Carolina, Stony Brook

Teams Dropped

Hofstra, Sacred Heart, Vermont

Key Games

2/4 vs Holy Cross: The Bobby Benson era at Providence officially gets underway on February 4th as the Friars host the Holy Cross Crusaders. It should provide a good look at what this team will be in year one under Benson. Coincidentally, it will also be a contest that pits each of the last two Maryland offensive coordinators against each other as head coaches.

4/1 vs Marquette: Providence opens Big East play at home against the Marquette Golden Eagles. Last spring, Marquette go the best of the Friars in a 16-11 victory. Providence will be looking to flip the script in 2023 in what could be a game that helps decides that fourth spot in the Big East Tournament.

4/15 vs Villanova: The Friars welcome in the Villanova Wildcats for its second-to-last home game of the regular season. Providence fell 18-13 to the Wildcats last season. A victory here would be huge for the program and could very well have postseason implications.

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