Tiger stack wordsGEORGETOWN, Ky. – Now that it is August, students and parents alike start thinking back to school. For many, thoughts also turn to football.

Georgetown College freshman move-in day is Thursday, Aug. 21, followed by several days of new-student orientation. Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 25.

In the weeks before move-in and the start of classes, however, the Georgetown College Tigers will be gearing up for their tough-schedule football season which begins Sept. 13 against Bethel University Wildcats.

It will be the first home-opener since 2011 that is not being played on a Thursday night, and it is a later start than last season which also means GC will not have a traditional bye week.

In week two, the Tigers travel to Lindenwood University-Belleville.

Then, on Sept. 27 and Oct. 4, weeks three and four, the Tigers play back-to-back games at Toyota Stadium, first welcoming Kentucky Christian University to open Mid-South Conference East play and then taking on Faulkner University.

GC travels to Campbellsville on Oct. 11 and returns to Toyota Stadium on Oct. 18 for the Homecoming game against the Patriots of University of the Cumberlands. The Homecoming game will be the second MSC East game of the year.

Georgetown goes back on the road to face the Pikeville Bears and Bluefield College in weeks seven and eight, before its home finale against Union College on Nov. 8, which will also be senior day.

The Tigers will then wrap up their season on the road at Lindsey Wilson College on Nov. 15.

What makes the season challenging? Ryan Alves, writing for the Georgetown News-Graphic, sums it up this way:

Three of GC’s 10 opponents were ranked in the top 20 of the NAIA spring season rankings, which came out on April 14.

Cumberlands, the 2013 national runner-up, leads the MSC with a No. 3 national ranking. The Patriots (13-1 in 2013) received 262 voting points from the national raters.

Faulkner (Ala.) also earned a top-10 ranking as the Eagles check in at No. 9. Faulkner (9-3) garnered 190 voting points after reaching the program’s first Football Championship Series berth.

Lindsey Wilson gives the MSC four teams in the top 20 as the Blue Raiders (8-3) check in at No. 18 with 100 voting points.

GC was No. 12 in the spring poll.

The Tigers (7-4) received 168 voting points after reaching the NAIA playoffs last season.

The NAIA preseason poll will be released on Aug. 11.