A fall without college football on Saturdays will no doubt take some getting used to for sports fans.

But as least they can look forward to a potentially busy winter and spring when football returns, and that’s the case at St. Xavier University (SXU).

Officials recently announced SXU’s full schedule for the spring 2021 season, which will open on Feb. 5, 2021, at rival University of St. Francis in a nonconference matchup.

“We’ve been thrown a curveball, knuckleball or however you want to explain it, but the bottom line is that we’re making the best of a very difficult situation,” said SXU Coach Mike Feminis in a news release. “For us to be able to play what amounts to basically a full regular season and then to have the opportunity to compete for a conference championship, playoffs and national championship is utopia, as far as I’m concerned.”

SXU announced on July 29 that all fall sports programs, including football, would be postponed until the spring 2021 semester.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) then voted on July 31 to push football to the spring season as well.

SXU finished 9-3 in 2019, advancing to the NAIA Football Championship Series quarterfinals.

After three nonconference games to open the 2021 season, the Cougars will open Mid-States Football Association (MSFA)-Midwest League play on Feb. 27 at Trinity International University in Deerfield.

Feminis is heading into his 22nd season as SXU head coach. He has amassed an impressive 184-69 record, including 13 appearances in the NAIA championship series.

SXU won the national championship in 2011.

More information about fan attendance and kickoff times will be posted when finalized.

“I couldn’t be happier for our players and families, coaches, alums and SXU football fans,” Feminis said. “Starting our season in February is going to be exciting and similar to playing quarterfinal and semifinal games in November and December. We’ll adjust, just like every other NAIA school in the Midwest. I can’t wait.”