Football Program Releases 2023 Matchups

A look at the key matchups for the Rams in the upcoming season


Fordham Football has released its schedule for the upcoming season. Without stars such as Tim DeMorat, Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) ’23, the Rams’ program heads into a rebuild. However, Head Coach Joe Conlin is still fielding a skilled squad. Players including James Conway, FCRH ’25 — a linebacker who has excelled even in the shadow of Ryan Greenhagen, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences ’23 — and MJ Wright, Gabelli School of Business at Rose Hill (GSBRH) ’23 — a receiver who hauled in 11 touchdowns last season — are likely going to carry the team into 2023.

The Rams will begin their season by visiting the University of Albany in the state capital on Aug. 26. Although Fordham leads the all-time series with a record of 5-4, Albany is never an easy matchup; last season, Fordham won by just three points on Sept. 17. It will be an interesting opening game, as Albany struggled in 2022 and ended with a 3-8 record.

The Rams will then fly to the nation’s capital for their first Patriot League game of the year on Sept. 30 against the Georgetown University Bulldogs. It will be the 69th meeting between the two programs, and Fordham has won nine of the last 10. The Bulldogs, who had a 2-9 season in 2022, likely won’t cause the Rams much concern.

On Oct. 28, the Rams will go head-to-head against the College of the Holy Cross Crusaders. The bitter rivalry between both programs is nothing new. Last year on Oct. 29, in the most consequential game of the season, the Rams fell by a single point in overtime, 53-52. 

Fordham will once again conclude the regular season against the Colgate University Raiders on Nov. 19. In 2022, Fordham knocked down Colgate, 52-38, in what was a consolation game in the wake of the defeat to Holy Cross. The schedule is a helpful tool for early predictions, but it should be taken with a grain of salt. What makes a football team is skill and determination; records don’t mean much when one team wants to win more than the other. With four months to go before the season kicks off, all the cards are on the table for the Rams.