The SUNY Cortland football team will represent the Empire 8 conference in the New York Bowl on Saturday when the Red Dragons host Liberty League member Hobart College. Game time is 1 p.m. at the Cortland Stadium Complex.
Tickets are $5 for ages 13 and up. Admission is free for children 12 and under, along with Cortland and Hobart students with ID.
The New York Bowl pits top non-NCAA qualifying schools from the Empire 8 and Liberty League. Cortland (8-2) was the Empire 8 co-champion with Brockport, each with a 5-1 league mark. Brockport received the league’s NCAA automatic berth. Hobart is also 8-2 overall and the Statesmen tied for second with Ithaca in the Liberty League at 4-2. Ithaca elected to play in an ECAC bowl, making Hobart the Liberty League’s New York Bowl representative.
Cortland, led by 23rd-year head coach Dan MacNeill, earned its 23rd postseason berth. Cortland has qualified for the NCAA playoffs nine times and has played in 11 ECAC bowl games. The Red Dragons won 35-28 at Union in the inaugural New York Bowl in 2017. The Red Dragons also qualified for the 2018 New York Bowl, but that game was canceled due to a lack of a declared team from the Liberty League.
Hobart, led by second-year head coach Kevin DeWall, is making its 12th postseason appearance overall, including two bowl games. The Statemen have made 10 NCAA tournament appearances and won the 2003 ECAC North Atlantic Bowl.
Cortland and Hobart have met 13 times, with Hobart holding a 7-6 advantage in the series. The teams last met in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Division III playoffs in Geneva with Hobart winning, 23-22. Prior to that, the schools hadn’t met on the gridiron since the 1989 season. The Red Dragons won 17-0 in Cortland in 1989 (one of Cortland’s then-NCAA record six shutouts that season) and 29-6 at Hobart in 1988 as part of a 10-0 regular season.