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Previewing Cleveland State’s 2018 Schedule

How will Year 2 go for the Vikings?

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The Cleveland State Vikings are the 23rd team in our 2018 schedule preview series and the first independent team. The Vikings went 5-9 in their first year as a Division I program, but went 1-9 against other Division I teams.

Here’s the entire 2018 schedule:

Cleveland State’s 2018 Schedule

Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes Last Year's Meeting(s)
Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes Last Year's Meeting(s)
1/27 Marquette/Wittenberg (D3) Cleveland State Scrimmages
2/3 Ohio State Cleveland State 12-4 L
2/10 Cleveland State Michigan 13-8 L
2/13 Mercer Cleveland State First ever meeting
2/17 Cleveland State Bellarmine First regular season meeting
2/23 Cleveland State Air Force In Denver, Colorado (at Peter Barton Stadium) 16-2 L
2/25 Cleveland State Denver 19-6 L
3/3 Cleveland State Canisius 17-7 L
3/13 Lafayette Cleveland State First ever meeting
3/18 Duke Cleveland State 22-7 L
3/24 Cleveland State Penn State 15-8 L
4/7 Hampton Cleveland State First ever meeting
4/14 Cleveland State Robert Morris First ever meeting
4/21 Sacred Heart Cleveland State 18-9 L
4/28 Cleveland State Detroit Mercy 13-6 W

The biggest change is replacing Division II and III schools with other Division I teams, making it a full D1 schedule. New to the regular season schedule this year are Mercer, Bellarmine, Lafayette, Hampton, and Robert Morris.

Let’s check out some notable games on this schedule:

Best Game: vs. Mercer

Since they’re an independent, we’ll make it the best game out of the entire schedule. I can see the Vikings making a game out of Mercer and possibly coming out on top. Cleveland State always put up a good fight in many of their games last year, especially against some very good teams. With a year under their belt, the Vikings should get more competitive.

Under The Radar Game: @ Penn State

This might have been CSU’s best game last season before they beat Detroit Mercy in the season finale. They cut Penn State’s lead to two goals with 11:01 left in the third quarter before the Nittany Lions started to pull away. I would pay some attention to this game.

Possible Upset: @ Bellarmine

You have to be realistic when considering upsets for a second-year team. They’ll get beaten up this year, but they should have some pretty good games. Bellarmine should compete to get in the SoCon, and they’ve always been a middle-of-the-road team. I see this game as a great test to see where the Vikings are at in their development.