RPI Head Football Coach Tim Landis will make his Engineers debut on the road as the 2011 RPI football schedule was just released.

The Engineers will play a nine-game regular season slate.

RPI opens the campaign at 1pm on September 10th at Alfred University. 

Five of the Engineers’ games will be played at home at the East Campus Stadium while the other four are road contests.  There are two opponents who played in the NCAA Tournament and Rensselaer has six Liberty League contests - including three in Troy

The Engineers – and Landis, who replaced Joe King, who retired after 22 years at the helm – make their home debut with the team’s first-ever meeting against Castleton State College on September 17.  It will be just the second night game in Troy as kickoff is set for 6pm. 

RPI opens its league schedule the next week, traveling to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) for the Transit Trophy Game at 1pm.

Rensselaer’s next three games are at home, including two Liberty League games.  The University of Rochester visits on October 1st at 1:00pm before Utica College comes to Troy on October 8 for the Engineers’ final non-league game - with the kick-off slated for 1:00pm.  Following a bye, RPI hosts defending Liberty League champion St. Lawrence University on October 22nd at 1:00pm for Homecoming & Reunion Weekend.

October 29 marks the 62nd Dutchman Shoe’s Trophy Game – the annual matchup with Union College – at 1:00pm in Schenectady.  The Engineers won last year’s meeting, 21-7, and have now captured four of the last five games between the two schools.  RPI and Union have the oldest collegiate football rivalry in New York State, having played 108 times.

Rensselaer’s final road game is November 5 at Hobart College at Noon and the regular season finale is the following Saturday, November 12 against the United States Merchant Marine Academy.  Kickoff is 2:00pm at East Campus Stadium.

Rensselaer is coming off a season in which it won the most games of any team in the Liberty League (6-4 overall; 4-2 league) and earned its 9th post-season bid in the past 12 years.  There are 37 returning letterwinners, including five starters on offense and five more on defense.