2018 Drake Bulldogs football team

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2018 Drake Bulldogs football
Drake Bulldogs "D" logo.svg
ConferencePioneer Football League
2018 record7–4 (6–2 PFL)
Head coachRick Fox (5th season)
Defensive coordinatorTodd Stepsis (5th season)
Home stadiumDrake Stadium
(Capacity: 14,557)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 19 San Diego $^   8 0         9 3  
Stetson   6 2         8 2  
Drake   6 2         7 4  
Marist   5 3         5 6  
Dayton   5 3         6 5  
Davidson   3 5         6 5  
Butler   2 6         4 7  
Morehead State   2 6         3 8  
Valparaiso   2 6         2 9  
Jacksonville   1 7         2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

The 2018 Drake Bulldogs football team represented Drake University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by fifth-year head coach Rick Fox and played their home games at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa as members of the Pioneer Football League. They finished the season 7–4, 6–2 in PFL play to finish in a tie for second place.

On December 10, head coach Rick Fox resigned.[1] He finished at Drake with a five-year record of 33–22.

Previous season[edit]

The Bulldogs finished the 2017 season 7–4, 6–2 in PFL play to finish in second place.

Preseason[edit]

Preseason All-PFL team[edit]

The PFL released their preseason all-PFL team on July 30, 2018, with the Bulldogs having four players selected.[2]

Preseason coaches poll[edit]

The PFL released their preseason coaches poll on July 31, 2018, with the Bulldogs predicted to finish in third place.[3]

Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 San Diego 81 (9)
2 Dayton 72 (1)
3 Drake 58
T–4 Butler 48
T–4 Valparaiso 48
6 Jacksonville 47
7 Marist 44
8 Morehead State 22
9 Stetson 19
10 Davidson 11

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
May 2612:00 a.m.at China All-Stars
(AFLC, CAFL, & CBL)*
QQLiveW 77–0[a]
September 16:00 p.m.William Jewell*BV Cancelled[b]
September 82:00 p.m.at No. 14 Montana*GoGrizL 16–4823,132
September 151:00 p.m.Missouri S&T*
  • Drake Stadium
  • Des Moines, IA
BVW 52–121,881
September 2912:00 p.m.at JacksonvilleESPN3W 41–91,738
October 61:00 p.m.Butler
  • Drake Stadium
  • Des Moines, IA
BVW 36–63,011
October 131:00 p.m.Stetson
  • Drake Stadium
  • Des Moines, IA
BVL 21–231,439
October 2012:00 p.m.at DaytonFacebook LiveW 28–172,168
October 271:00 p.m.at ValparaisoESPN+W 42–251,945
November 31:00 p.m.San Diego
  • Drake Stadium
  • Des Moines, IA
BVL 10–271,522
November 101:00 p.m.Marist
  • Drake Stadium
  • Des Moines, IA
BVW 13–101,348
November 171:00 p.m.at Morehead StateESPN+W 43–63,287
December 1[c]11:00 a.m.at No. 24 (FBS) Iowa StateCyclones.tvL 24–2756,738
  1. ^ Exhibition game
  2. ^ The season opening game vs. William Jewell was cancelled due to severe weather.[4]
  3. ^ This game was added on November 20, 2018 after their season opener was cancelled.[5]

Game summaries[edit]

at Montana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 3 7 6 16
No. 14 Grizzlies 3 7 21 17 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Missouri S&T[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Miners 0 6 0 6 12
Bulldogs 14 14 14 10 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–0 2011 DRAKE, 27–23

at Jacksonville[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 14 17 0 10 41
Dolphins 0 0 2 7 9
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–3 2017 DRAKE, 52–7

Butler[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
BU Bulldogs 0 0 0 6 6
DU Bulldogs 7 7 13 9 36
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–8–1 2017 DRAKE, 27–16

Stetson[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hatters 0 7 10 6 23
Bulldogs 3 0 11 7 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–0 2016 DRAKE, 45–17

at Dayton[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 7 7 7 28
Flyers 7 3 0 7 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–26 2017 DAY, 20–10

at Valparaiso[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 14 0 21 42
Crusaders 3 0 7 15 25
Overall record Last meeting Result
22–3 2017 DRAKE, 38–13

San Diego[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Toreros 13 7 7 0 27
Bulldogs 0 7 3 0 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–13 2017 USD, 45–15

Marist[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Red Foxes 0 0 3 7 10
Bulldogs 3 0 0 10 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–0 2017 DRAKE, 19–14

at Morehead State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 9 13 7 14 43
Eagles 6 0 0 0 6
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–3 2016 DRAKE, 30–28

at Iowa State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 7 10 0 24
No. 24 (FBS) Cyclones 7 13 7 0 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–48–4 1985 DRAKE, 20–17[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/sports/college/drake/drake-bulldogs/2018/12/10/drake-football-bulldogs-rick-fox-brian-hardin/2273635002/
  2. ^ http://www.pioneer-football.org/news/archives/2018/1361/twelve-first-team-all-pfl-returnees-highlight-preseason-all-pfl-team/
  3. ^ http://www.pioneer-football.org/news/archives/2018/1362/defending-champion-san-diego-edges-dayton-in-pfl-preseason-coaches-poll/
  4. ^ "Drake-William Jewell Game Canceled". Drake University Athletics. September 1, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "Football Adds Iowa State To Schedule For A Dec. 1 Game". Drake University Athletics. November 20, 2018. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  6. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20181127020748/https://s3.amazonaws.com/sidearm.sites/isuni.sidearmsports.com/documents/2015/6/5/FB_Notes.pdf
  7. ^ https://static.godrakebulldogs.com/custompages/GameNotes/FB/2018footballnotes/120118_atIowaState_Notes.pdf